The McLaren MSO HS
With only 25 production examples, and two prototypes being built, the McLaren MSO HS is undoubtedly one of the most collectable cars to leave the Woking factory in two decades.
Its existence initially being denied by the factory, the MSO HS quickly achieved collectable status, with each car being delivered to a highly bespoke specification, a pre-requisite of being selected by McLaren Special Operations to buy one. With most cars immediately entering private collections, very few have changed hands to date.
The HS designation, which stands for High Sport, denotes the ultimate incarnation of a particular McLaren model. The only other HS car to come out of Woking thus far was the similarly exclusive McLaren MP4-12C HS in 2012, with 10 examples having been built.
The aero-focused model produced 220kg of downforce at 150mph and was the final incarnation of McLaren Automotive’s debut P11 platform.
The M838TL twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the 675LT was blueprinted and its heads hand ported and polished to produce 679bhp and 516lb ft, making it the most powerful variant of the award-winning P11 platform cars.
Nicknamed the 688 HS – its metric horsepower output – the more properly named MSO HS is based on the McLaren 675LT platform, featuring significant aerodynamic upgrades. Most notable was the imposing P1 GTR inspired high-level rear wing, which also functions as an airbrake. To ensure adequate aerodynamic balance, the front end of the MSO HS was reworked to incorporate dive planes and louvred front wings to balance the considerable increase in downforce.
As standard the MSO HS incorporated the MSO Roof Scoop – a functional roof-mounted induction air inlet only made available to the most important of MSO clients. Fitted after production, at MSO’s headquarters close to the McLaren factory in Woking, the roof scoop transformed the aural drama of the car, giving it P1 like qualities.
The ultimate distillation of the McLaren 675LT.
We are delighted to offer for sale, what we think is the most desirable of the HS production run. Finished in a red-tinted carbon fibre body, chassis 2 is a truly remarkable example, ordered to the highest possible specification.
The detailed specification, as set out in the original incoice can be found below:
Carbon Fibre Wheel Arches
Carbon Fibre Mirror Casings
Vehicle Tracking System
MSO Visual Carbon Fibre Body
MSO Red Hot Tint & Logo Masked on Carbon Body
MSO Bespoke Rear Wing End Plate
MSO Defined Carbon Fibre Mirror Arms
MSO Defined Carbon Fibre Wiper Cover
MSO Defined Oil & Water Filler
24k Gold Plated Exhaust Heat Shields
MSO Bespoke CF Wheel Centre Caps
MSO Defined Carbon Fibre Vent
MSO Defined Carbon Fibre Sill
MSO Bespoke Key Design
MSO Bespoke Alcantara Mats
MSO Bespoke Coloured Contrast Stitch
MSO Bespoke Diamond Stitch on Seats
The motorcar is available to be viewed in South London by appointment and includes a 1 year McLaren warranty.
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