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First McLaren Speedtail prototype pays homage to F1 forebear

by Justin King

The prototype is known as 'Albert,' referencing Albert Drive where the McLaren F1 was designed.

McLaren has detailed development testing for the upcoming Speedtail flagship, christening the first prototype ahead of public road trials.

The new Ultimate Series prototype has been officially named MVY02 but adopts the nickname 'Albert' in reference to the first McLaren F1 prototype, which shared the same moniker and was designed on Albert Drive in the UK town of Woking.

Albert has been built with a production-spec chassis and hybrid powertrain, along with the Speedtail's unique three-seat cockpit layout with a central driving position. The vehicle will help McLaren slowly refine and validate its engineering as the car is brought up to its final 1,035-horsepower spec and 250 mph top speed.

The company expects to begin public road trials in December. The first production cars will begin arriving in customers' hands by early 2020.

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