McLaren has revealed its latest special edition, the limited-run Elva roadster harking back to Bruce McLaren's open-cockpit Elva from the 1960s.
Just 399 examples will be built, priced from US$1.69 million ($2.47 million) each before McLaren Special Operations (MSO) gets its hands on the car.
It's the first modern McLaren to be built with an open cockpit – not including the Formula 1 car, of course – and has no roof, windows, or windscreen. The lack of bodywork makes this the lightest road car produced by McLaren Automotive.
To make sure the driver and passenger aren't buffeted into submission by the wind, the Elva uses an active aerodynamics system to channel air from the nose, through the bodywork and over the cockpit.
A windscreen will be optional, too. Given the nature of Australian Design Rules (ADR), we'd suggest any Elva that's to come Down Under will need the screen.
Power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine derived from the Senna's motor, outputting 600kW and 800Nm. That's good for a 100km/h sprint of under three seconds, and a 200km/h sprint of 6.7 seconds.
As with the Sport Series line-up, the Elva channels air from its front end through the doors to feed the mid-mounted engine. McLaren also says the doors are the lightest it's ever developed.
Down back, the car's boxy diffuser has its roots in the Senna's design, working with a totally flat underfloor to suck the car to the road.
Inside (so to speak) is a more stylised, sculptural interpretation of the design language we've seen in McLaren cars since the MP4-12C. The driver is faced with a digital instrument binnacle, and there's a vertically-oriented touchscreen infotainment system protruding from the dash.
The seats are sculptural, carbon-backed units developed specifically for the Elva. They have slightly shorter bases than those in the Senna, because the driver and passenger might need to stand up when entering and exiting the car – and they can be specced with six-point harnesses for track work.
Owners will be able to choose from a range of materials, starting with high-end aniline leather and rolling through a moisture-resistant trim called Ultrafabric.
Interior storage comes behind the rear tonneau, which is a single carbon panel. There's space for two helmets back there.
MSO will be on hand to heavily customise the 399 Elvas. The car will be offered white gold or platinum badges, and a 24 carat gold heat shield for the engine bay.
Naked carbon-fibre is an option for the exterior, while MSO will also blend colours across the car's length to create a 'Velocity' paint finish.
Is the Elva coming to Australia?
We've contacted McLaren to see if the Elva is bound for our shores, and will update this story when details are available.