Rocket Scientist Explains Why The McLaren 720S Is So Fast

We all know that the McLaren 720S is fast. However, have you ever wondered what makes this supercar so accelerative? Let rocket scientist Ryan W. Conversano explain things for you.

One of the key factors in the 720S’ blistering performance is its aerodynamic shape. Unlike any other McLaren before it, the 720S places aerodynamics at the top of its priorities, as the exterior design contributes significantly to how fast the supercar is.

Unlike many of its brand rivals, McLaren wasn’t pressured into adding sharp lines and angles into the car’s design. Instead, the 720S adopts a combination of flowing surfaces, curved edges and smooth shapes that help to cut through the air, minimizing drag while still offering the levels of downforce needed for such a vehicle.

As with the rest of the marque’s models, the McLaren 720S also utilizes a rather ferocious powertrain. In this case, the car has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering an official 710 hp. In reality, we know that this engine is more powerful than what McLaren claims.

McLaren’s expertise in carbon fiber construction also ensures the 720S weighs significantly less than its rivals. In a world where fuel efficiency standards are becoming tighter and tighter, car manufacturers are placing an increased focus on lightweight construction. Obviously, the lighter a car is, the quicker it can accelerate, so making light vehicles is a win-win for automakers.

Overall, the McLaren 720S’ story is just starting, and in the coming years, new chapters will be added with models including the 720S Spider and an LT-badged version.


  • Earl Scheib

    This is a bit of overkill here… I mean, does it really take a rocket surgeon to tell us that a car with 710 hp is fast????

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Hahaha. Nope, but I would like to hear a brain scientists opinion on the matter.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Although it may seem that guy has been paid by Mclaren to say those things makes the video look artificial, we need to admire how advanced this car is.

  • Bash

    Now do the vid again with Matt Leblanc instead of that guy.

  • TheBelltower

    Terrible attempt at a viral video. This guy almost succeeded at making the car boring.

    • Denzel

      That’s a good thing in my book the numbers makes you want to drive it than look at it. Like siting down in a classroom waiting to

      • TheBelltower

        When I was watching this, that was the exact analogy I was thinking… a class that takes an interesting subject, and making it boring. Plus, those red pants are awful.

    • Six_Tymes

      a promotional video

      • TheBelltower


  • 512BB

    That was pretty cool. Didn’t realize how little hp spacecraft make! Of the new breed of super/hyper cars, McLaren evokes the most emotion in my opinion. Love the fact that they are more about function over form than pretty much any company out there.

    • Justin W

      Koenigsegg would like a word. . .

      • Big Black Duck

        Big K is in Hyper car territory…and the 720S is Supercar territory…unfair comparison .. love both cars though

  • TheDatanator

    6:01 …looks like Audi rings on his jacket cuff. LOL

  • Doug Schwartz

    Weight has more effect on acceleration, drag on top speed. Less of both is ideal.

  • lagunas3ca

    Never knew rocket scientists dressed like models for Gap.

  • Jason Panamera

    Still P1 got sexier body than 720s. And nothing will beat Alfa Romeo 4C ass.

    • Fariq Halim

      an alfa romeo 8c beats the 4c’s ass

  • karmat

    Don’t bother watching. The car is aerodynamic, light and powerful.

  • Fariq Halim

    the people at mazda are better at explaining the tech of their cars in a more engaging way

  • Knotmyrealname

    Aaaah, now I know how they filmed the Tesla ‘supposedly’ flying in outer space! They used this place!

  • Some ol’ bloke

    It’s fast because it’s a Mclaren. 🙂

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