McLaren commemorates 25 years since F1 Le Mans win with special edition

25 years ago McLaren celebrated one of its greatest motorsport achievements – winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its first attempt. June 18, 1995 saw McLaren F1 GTR #59, driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya take the chequered flag with three other F1 finishing in the top 5.

To commemorate such an achievement, the Woking manufacturer has revealed a special edition model aptly named the McLaren 720S Le Mans. Only 50 are to be produced with 16 to find a home in Europe.

Each of the 50 Le Mans edition cars will carry a dedication plate featuring a ‘McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans’ logo and each chassis number will start with ‘298’, a nice little touch reminding the owners that in 1995, the F1 GTR completed 298 laps, one more that its closest rival.

New owners will get a choice two colours, McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey, fitted with the stunning 5-spoke LM wheels, some added carbon here and there, gold-coloured brake callipers and a functional roof scoop!

Inside, owners can choose between black Alcantara with McLaren Orange accents or Dove Grey accents, carbon fibre racing seats, a 12 o’clock marker on the steering wheel, a couple of commemorative plates and to remind you what you are driving floor mats and embroidered headrests with the McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo.

As always customers can always take their limited editions and give it the MSO treatment where a lot more carbon fibre inside and out can be ticked as well as a titanium harness bar and 6-point harnesses to further enhance the motorsport theme.

The cost for the pleasure of owning one these limited cars? The 720S Le Mans starts at £254,500 with deliveries due to start in September.

Exclusive Range Rover Fifty celebrates 50 years of innovation

Range Rover is celebrating its 50th anniversary since it was launched globally and Jaguar Land Rover wanted to commemorate this celebration with an exclusive model – Range Rover Fifty. Limited to 1,970 units worldwide, honouring the birth year. It had set a benchmark for all other 4x4s to follow in terms of design, refinement and engineering innovation.

From its clamshell bonnet, it’s distinctive floating roof, split tailgate and front fender vents, these features have remained synonymous with Range Rover over the past 50 years and that design is what led it to be the first vehicle ever displayed in the Louvre. Engineering wise, the vehicles have evolved, yet remained at the forefront of technical innovation by achieving a number of world firsts along the way.

It was the first SUV to feature a permanent 4WD system when launched, in 1989 was the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes. A few years later, in 1992 it became the world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with electronic traction control (ETC) and automatic electronic air suspension, for that wafty, cloud like feeling on and off-road. Then, in 2012, the Range Rover became the world’s first SUV to feature an all-aluminium lightweight construction, making it lighter, stronger and more efficient.

A luxury SUV doesn’t normally find itself in muddy fields being used as designed but the Range Rover has won the Paris-Dakar rally twice. The limited edition Fifty is based on the latest Range Rover Autobiography, available in both standard and long wheelbase body designs and features a smattering of bespoke exterior accents and two new 22-inch wheel designs.

Available in four curated colours – Carpathian Grey, Rosello Red, Aruba, and Santorini Black whilst Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations is offering the Fifty in three very limited Heritage colours reproduced from the original 1970 Range Rover palette; Tuscan Blue you see in the photos, Bahama Gold and Davos White.

Inside, a unique ‘1 of 1970’ plaque will feature on the centre console, headrests, dashboard and illuminated tread plates with a ‘Fifty’ script created personally by Land Rover’s Chief Creative Officer, Prof Gerry McGovern OBE.

There has been no indication on pricing just yet but a V8 Autobiography starts at just over £110,000 so expect a premium over that for the luxury of a limited edition.

Jacob & Co Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+

Bugatti and Jacob & Co announced a partnership sometime last year and from it we have seen some astonishing pieces that celebrate the record breaking marque. There has been the Chiron Tourbillon featuring a miniature W16 engine where the pistons ‘fired’. Now, the brand has revealed its latest creation, the Jacob & Co Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+.

In honour of the record breaking Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, in which it was piloted to 304 mph by test driver Andy Wallace, the first to break the 300mph barrier. The Jacob & Co watch, inspired by the materials used on the record breaking car as well as the mind-blowing performance of its engine.

Housed in a 88 piece forged carbon fibre case is a complex 832 component calibre with two black titanium triple-axis tourbillon escapements and a decimal minute repeater which in itself is very rare. Much like a minute repeater, this watch chimes the number of 10 minute intervals after the last hours and minutes and due to its patented Double Mechanical Safety feature, it won’t be interrupted during the chiming sequence.

It features a 50-hour power reserve and a mono-pusher chronograph that shows a ‘reference time’ inspired by pit boards at race tracks. Only three of these watches are to be made and each will be priced at $580,000, meaning the 27 other Chiron Super Sport 300+ owners will have to do without.