McLaren Speedtail Prototype Starts Smoking After Apparent Electrical Issue

The McLaren Speedtail has “pioneering petrol-electric hybrid powertrain,” but it appears the company still has some kinks to work out.

As you can see in this smartphone video, a Speedtail prototype apparently suffered some kind of malfunction while making a pit stop at a gas station in England.

Details are limited, but Motor1 talked to McLaren’s Vice President of Communications for North America. Roger Ormisher told them a “prototype version of the McLaren Speedtail experienced what we believe, at this stage, to be an electrical fault, whilst stationary at a fuel station near Guildford in Surrey, UK.”

A McLaren Speedtail Prototype caught fire earlier today. Let's hope they'll fix this issue before deliveries start!

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Ormisher went on to say employees saw a “small amount of smoke emanating from the vehicle,” so they moved the car away from the gas pumps and then “discharged dry powder extinguishers over the rear of the car.” McLaren has since retrieved the vehicle and is now conducting an investigation to determine what caused the incident.

Damage to the car appears minimal, but it’s obviously a setback for McLaren and 106 buyers who paid £1.75 ($2.2 / €1.9) million for the limited edition “Hyper-GT.”

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The investigation is just getting underway, but it will likely focus on the car’s hybrid powertrain. McLaren hasn’t said much about, but it produces a staggering 1,035 hp (772 kW / 1,050 PS). This enables the model to accelerate from 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) in 12.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 250 mph (403 km/h).

It remains unclear if the issue will cause any production delays, but Speedtail deliveries aren’t scheduled to begin until early next year.


  • robotlogic

    Good thing it didn’t burn to the ground which seems to be all too common with high performance EVs.

  • b_digital

    typical McLaren reliability

    • Matt

      Huh? It’s a pre-production car. Plenty of pre-production cars have issues, that’s why they build them – to iron out problems.

      • b_digital

        Check out what happened to Salamondrin’s Senna. It burned to the ground for no reason too

        • Some ol’ bloke

          Salamondablalala or whatever his name is was absolutely punishing that car and he was driving stupidly…

  • SteersUright

    Its a prototype. Not fair to judge just yet, though Im no fan of modern McLarens.

  • Noah Milne

    OK this is getting ridiculous now McLaren. First Salomondrin’s Senna, a couple of 600LTs then this. Wow.

    • Shobin Drogan


    • Some ol’ bloke

      Its a pre-production model @noahmilne:disqus – That’s what they’re for. It is good when they catch on fire, ironically, because then they can fix the problem and make the car better for production – like your school teacher probably said: learn from your mistakes.
      Also, That senna was being absolutely tortured before it caught fire, and many warning lights came on before it did.

      • Mark Hawthorne

        100% this. It’s a test car. They’re testing. What’s the issue? A preproduction component broke. They’ll fix it. The end.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    still,a bloody amazing car

  • Bash

    Side note. I didn’t even really like it from the first time I saw it.

    • donald seymour

      I guess that’s where we differ Bash. I was in love at first sight.

      • Bash

        That’s cool man, you different people have different taste.

      • Rzrlf

        man drives a challenger, means hes got 0 taste

        • donald seymour

          Understood, however this is my forte. No, pun intended.

        • Bash

          Your comment is so idiotic.

          • Rzrlf

            just a little banter is all

  • Marc Gruben

    A British car with a smoking electrical system? Nah! Never happen!

  • Marc Gruben

    And the Spirit of Lucas gazed down upon the smoking McLaren that he had made, and behold, it was very good

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