Deriving its namesake and design philosophy from the lightweight open-top racing cars developed by Bruce McLaren in the late 1960s, the 2021 McLaren Elva is a highly exclusive supercar with each of the 149 examples built to exacting customer specifications by McLaren’s MSO department. The Elva is touted as the lightest and most agile McLaren ever built, sporting full carbon fiber bodywork without a roof or windscreen to maximize driver sensation. This example was configured and purchased by a VIP McLaren customer and features a bespoke MSO paint color called "Grigio Madelaine" complemented by a custom livery and Aniline Tan leather interior. Enjoyed sparingly by its owner, this Elva was recently traded into the original selling dealership where it underwent a comprehensive Pre-Owned Certification process. Showing just over 800 miles on the odometer, this very special McLaren is now being offered for auction out of Pennsylvania.
The Elva’s bodywork is based around McLaren’s carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis and incorporates fully enclosed underbody paneling with a front splitter and rear diffuser as well as low-profile dihedral doors. Without a roof or windscreen, occupants receive an unadulterated driving experience while being shielded from the elements by McLaren’s Air Active Management System (AAMS). Despite its lack of a canopy, the Elva produces significant amounts of downforce by employing an active rear spoiler and a meticulously engineered front clamshell.
Said to have been inspired by a classic 1950s Maserati paint color seen at a car show, the unique shade of “Grigio Madelaine” was developed with McLaren’s MSO department and named in honor of the original owner’s wife. The MSO Defined finish is complemented by 1K (1,000 fibers-per-thread) carbon fiber weave lower contrasts and a custom MSO Livery with white and yellow stripes. Other options include an MSO Heritage badge, brushed front and rear bodywork finish, MSO painted brake calipers, MSO exhausts, and 19”/20” ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels with diamond-cut spokes. The car is also accompanied by a set of Bell helmets painted to match the exterior.
Inside, the driver and passenger are surrounded by exposed painted bodywork and 1K satin carbon fiber trim with a prominent spar running the length of the cockpit. The lightweight composite seats are trimmed in full Aniline Tan leather with contrasting yellow seatbelts and unembroidered McLaren logos on the headrests. Other options include an MSO steering wheel clasp painted to match the exterior, MSO 1K carbon fiber shift paddles, an MSO dashboard finisher, and gloss visual carbon fiber lower contrasts. The portrait screen infotainment system includes navigation, Bluetooth, and Sirius XM receivers as well as dual-zone climate controls.
The most powerful of McLaren’s engines, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 in the Elva is shared with other supercars in the Ultimate Series including the Senna and Speedtail. It produces up to 804 HP and 590 lb.-ft of torque and features a flat-plane crankshaft, dry-dump lubrication, and an advanced exhaust system made from titanium and Inconel. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch Seamless Shift automatic transmission allowing acceleration from 0-100 MPH in less than 5 seconds with a top speed of over 200 MPH. Performance features include double wishbone suspension with McLaren Adaptive Damping, ProActvie Chassis Control II, carbon ceramic brakes, and a tactile electro-hydraulic power steering system. This vehicle has been serviced and inspected to McLaren’s rigorous Certified Pre-Owned standards and remains covered under the balance of its factory warranty.
This sale will include owner’s manuals, color-coded keys, a toolkit, a car cover, a battery charger, painted helmets, and a clean title.