McLaren Speedtail hits 250 mph at the Kennedy Space Center

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McLaren Speedtail hits 250 mph at the Kennedy Space Center
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The McLaren Speedtail hits 250 mph at the Kennedy Space Center. The Speedtail doesn’t do it just once, but over thirty separate times. The Speedtail prototype named XP2 did the high-speed testing AT4 the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The top speed driver was McLaren chief test driver Kenny Brack. 

McLaren’s top speed normally goes to Andy Wallace and his epic runs in the McLaren F1 at the Ehra-Lessian testing track in Germany. The McLaren F1’s official record speed is set at 240.1 mph. It still remains the fastest production car in the world with a naturally aspirated engine. It reached that record with a 627-horsepower V12 engine and six-speed manual gearbox. The Speedtail is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine paired with an electric motor that has a combined 1,055 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.

McLaren Speedtail hits 250 mph at the Kennedy Space Center
Image Credit: McLaren

The automaker announced that production of the Speedtail has started at the McLaren Production Center in Woking, UK. These units will be the first of 106 customer orders set to be built with delivery beginning in February 2020. The Speedtail will not be road legal in the United States due to the three-seat configuration, because it does not meet safety requirements. Regardless, one-third of all Speedtail vehicles were sold to American customers. That means we will see these fast $2.1 million McLaren Speedtail’s at shows, so they can be enjoyed.

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