McLaren is never short of buyers for their radical sports cars, it seems, and the British manufacturer has just released another round of limited-edition products. But the general public shouldn't anticipate seeing one of these beauties on the streets any time soon; only three examples of the 720S Spa 68 Collection will ever be built (and two are already sold).
The 720S Spa 68 Collection was put together by the McLaren Special Operations wing as a tribute to the brand's first Formula 1 victory, you guessed it, in 1968 at the Spa-Francorchamps Belgium Grand Prix. The race marked the first time Bruce McLaren won a Formula 1 race in a car of his own design and set the legendary driver and brand on a path towards eventual world domination.
In the 50 years since McLaren's win, the automotive world has completely transformed into a marketplace where any manufacturer willing to produce hyper-expensive hypercars is very likely to find willing buyers. But McLaren has been at the forefront of the design, development, and marketing realms, with the iconic F1 of the 1990s perhaps setting the modern supercar era in motion.
Today's McLaren vehicles continue to demonstrate the brand's longstanding focus on light weight, powerful engines, and competition-inspired design. The 720S is no exception, featuring a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 that cranks up to 710 horsepower to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch gearbox. Though it seems relatively similar to the 650S before it, McLaren's innovations are under the skin and help the 720s lead its class with a dry weight of 2,829 pounds.
Performance specs for the Spa 68 Collection may not have changed from other production models, but tributes to the Grand Prix win include an MSO Bespoke Anniversary Orange paint color (in honor of the orange car McLaren piloted at the race five decades ago), and a silver outline of the Spa-Francorchamps racecourse beside the rear wheel well. Interior cues include orange stitching, custom-etched door sill covers, and a special key fob. The cars even come with a plaque commemorating the race and the new round of 720S specials, which were commissioned by a dealer located in Brussels.