When designing a high-performance supercar, manufacturers are normally taking into account the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The shape is crucial in order for the machine to reduce drag, improve traction, and reduce wind noise. Traditionally, this includes the bodywork, windshield, and the roof. Meanwhile, a prominent British marque chooses to defy these basic principles and present an exotic ride that defies logic. It comes in the form of the 2020 McLaren Elva – a $1.7 million vehicle with cutting-edge technology minus a roof and windshield.

This is definitely an odd choice for such a renowned carmaker, but it is apparently sticking to its decision. McLaren is promising a unique driving experience for any of the lucky 399 people who can afford this outstanding beauty. Meanwhile, we learned more about this remarkable machine and how it pays homage to the brand’s racing roots.

Drawing inspiration from the mid-1960 McLaren-Elva race car, it carries the distinct shape of the original with some adjustments. As indicated before, it makes up for the lack of windshield with what the company calls an Active Air Management System. Once driving speeds reach 25 miles per hour, the feature kicks in and directs air around the cabin. This acts as a virtual windshield, but we’re not taking our chances on this one. Buyers can likewise request to have one installed instead for and additional fee.

The 2020 McLaren Elva packs an 804-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine just behind the driver and passenger seats. Tests claim an under-three-second acceleration from zero to 60 miles per hour. In case of an accident where the vehicle flips over, the automatic rollover system will deploy metal roll bars to keep the occupants out of harm’s way.

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