MANY car makers produce limited edition models from time to time, but McLaren Automotive has just taken the wraps off an extremely limited edition.

Only three cars, called the Daniel Ricciardo Edition 720S by MSO, will be built and all three will come to Australia before Christmas.

The car has been specially commissioned by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) in collaboration with McLaren dealerships in Melbourne and Sydney to celebrate the Perth-born McLaren Formula 1 driver.

It’s a timely reveal following McLaren’s success at the Italian Grand Prix that resulted in Ricciardo’s race win, his first with the team, the company ’s commercial director, George Biggs said. 

“Daniel Ricciardo’s relentless determination and pursuit of excellence are qualities that perfectly reflect the McLaren ethos,” he said. 

“Following McLaren’s outstanding performance with a landmark one-two finish for the team at the Italian Grand Prix, it’s the perfect time to reveal this limited series in celebration of the Aussie driver.

“The 720S is a fitting model to celebrate Daniel’s achievements and we’re delighted to see it adorned with the Australian flag crafted by MSO.” 

The trio will all feature Ricciardo’s racing number #3 and, like the Formula 1 racer — they’ll be finished in Papaya spark and Burton blue.

Other distinct features include carbon fibre sills inscribed with Ricciardo’s signature, ‘One of Three’ dedication plates, Ricciardo’s race number 3 etched on the iconic 720S dihedral doors — and the Australian flag will adorn the front haunches. 

What does Daniel reckon?

“One of the great privileges of driving for McLaren is getting behind the wheel of many of the brand’s exhilarating supercars,” he said.

“While each offers something unique, the 720S is the absolute benchmark.”  

Cost? No mention, but they will almost certainly be a tad more than the $500,000 tag on a regular 720S.

For the record, the car has a 4.0-litre V8 that offers 530kW and has a top speed of 341km/h.

In the unlikely event of you being interested fuel consumption, its official figures are 17.0L/100km in the city, 7.9L on the highway for a neat, but highly improbable combined figure of 11.0L/100km.


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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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