McLaren tests Speedtail at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA

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British marque McLaren recently completed the dynamics development for the new Speedtail. At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, chief test driver Kenny Brack piloted the car to its maximum speed of 403km/h (250mph).

The final high-speed runs conducted as part of the engineering validation process saw the XP2 Speedtail prototype reach its maximum speed more than 30 times on the space shuttle landing runway at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds.

The exercise concluded a program of high-speed testing that has taken place at multiple test facilities worldwide, including at Idiada in Spain and Papenburg in Germany.

Assembly of the first of 106 Speedtails, which are being hand-built, has now commenced at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, UK, with deliveries scheduled from February 2020.

“It’s fitting that the Speedtail’s high-speed test program concluded with multiple maximum-speed runs at a location strongly associated with pushing the boundaries of extreme performance and engineering excellence,” commented McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt.

“The Speedtail is a truly extraordinary car that epitomizes McLaren’s pioneering spirit and perfectly illustrates our determination to continue to set new benchmarks for supercar and hypercar performance.”

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