The new F1 car is part-painted in papaya orange, a colour the company’s founder Bruce McLaren favoured as it made his ridiculously quick North American Can-Am racing cars easier to catch a glimpse of from the driving seat of slower cars as they were lapped.
McLaren designers seem to have embraced past criticism of their interiors. When you approach the car, the 720S starts a “Welcome Sequence” that unfolds the mirrors, lights the indicators and courtesy lights, illuminates the engine bay and bathes the McLaren logo atop the engine in a red light. It’s like entering a spaceship (in the best sense of the word).
Cars are Andrew’s jam, as is strawberry. He started his auto-industry career working as a photographer and social media coordinator for Fluid MotorUnion, a prominent aftermarket parts fabrication garage for late-model European vehicles. That led to a job writing freelance features for “Total 911: The Porsche Magazine.” His most recent job prior to CNET was Senior Writer for Web2Carz.com, where he helped tweak and develop the buying-and-selling site’s editorial department, which brings us to today. One day, he’ll buy the 1988 911 SC of his dreams. One day.