More cars should have names like Albert.
Before McLaren Speedtail made its debut in full production, the brand showed a prototype named Albert That was a throwback to the original McLaren F1 development cars. Albert’s prototype featured the near-production bodywork of the Speedtail, but a slapped 720S front end and a wild camouflage wrap with a striped motif representing the flow of air in the car. The Speedtail is now near the end of its production, and McLaren Beverly Hills introduced a unique version of the hypercar, also called the Albert, that pays tribute to the prototype.
While the production Albert Speedtail has a lined livery very similar to the prototype, it is not a camo wrap; what you see here is an actual paint job that took 12 weeks to fully complete. McLaren says it’s one of the most complex paint jobs in the company’s history. Albert was built with an exposed gloss carbon fiber bodywork, while the colors chosen for the livery were Magnesium Silver, the color the F1 road car wore when it made its debut in 1992, and Ueno Gray, which appeared in F1. GTR. which won Le Mans in 1995.
The lines represent the flow of air through the car.
Before it could actually be painted, McLaren’s Special Operations division had to do a lot of testing. The team created a series of test panels to verify the feasibility of the design, and also worked digitally on renders to refine it. Those renders were then printed full size, and used by two specialists to mask the striped livery on the actual panels. The masking process took two weeks and had to be done with the car body panels and wheels installed to ensure all lines matched perfectly. In total, more than a mile of tape was used to complete the design.
Then the car had to be painted, which took six weeks. To do this, the car had to be disassembled again so that the MSO team could achieve the perfect finish. The two paint colors fade together, with Ueno Gray primarily covering the front and Magnesium Silver at the rear. McLaren says that after the first pass of paint, the body panels were readjusted to make sure everything was perfectly aligned before applying the final clear coat. Then it took an additional four weeks for everything to dry and the rest of the car to be fully assembled.
The thin lines are not paint, they are exposed carbon fiber.
The end result is quite spectacular. The stripes are not paint as they were masked as part of the pre-design paint, they are actually the original visual carbon fiber finish of the body panels. The contrast between the super-gloss paint colors and the 1K carbon finish is amazing, giving Albert a different look than any other hypercar I’ve seen before, and I’ve witnessed a lot of interesting carbon fiber finishes.
In addition to the livery, Albert has a number of other details that distinguish it from the “normal” Speedtails. The carbon fiber door sill is marked with darker writing that reads “MVY02-BP23 Hybrid Prototype”, a reference to the original Albert prototype codename. The pedals are finished in gold in reference to the F1, and the interior has an orange and black bi-color scheme.
Albert is one of the last Speedtails to be built in the 106-unit production of the car. With the Speedtail already starting at over $ 2 million, this one likely cost its unknown owner, apparently a major customer of the Beverly Hills dealership, closer to $ 3 million, if not more than that. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can see Albert at the Sunset GT car and coffee event on Sunday, August 8.
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