This McLaren 720S Prototype Has Some Serious Aero Components

Is this the LT version of the 720S? We're not 100-percent sure.

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Now this is intriguing. Video from the Nürburgring has emerged featuring a McLaren 720S prototype sporting some significant aerodynamic add-ons. Is this the upcoming LT version of the 720S?

It's hard to say definitively. What we can see in this clip from YouTuber Automotive Mike is that this car has a massive splitter jutting out from its front fascia, and dive planes just ahead of its front wheels. At the top of the windshield, there's a decal that reads "MV1102." McLaren uses the "MV" designation for all of its prototypes, but we're not sure what "1102" represents. Get in touch if you do.

You can see a roll cage inside (not unusual for a prototype testing on the 'Ring), but other than that, this looks like a pretty standard 720S. For that reason, and because the dive planes are just bolted onto the bodywork, we're pretty sure this an early-stage prototype of some sort. If this is a 720S "LT," we bet the final production version will look quite a bit different, with more aero components elsewhere on the car. And probably no bolt-on dive planes.

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We know that McLaren has been working on an LT version of the 720s since at least 2017. We're not sure when the production car will arrive, though. The 675LT debuted a year after the 650S it was based on, but with the 600LT, McLaren took its time, launching that car three years after the 570S. The 720S, for reference, debuted in 2017. Maybe we'll see the LT at the Geneva show next March, then?

It's hard to imagine a quicker car than a 720S, which is so fast, it makes a P1 almost seem redundant. The LT version could be nipping at the heels of the mighty Senna, then.