McLaren Automotive, the creator of luxury, high-performance sports cars and supercars, has for the first time ever donated a bespoke McLaren 570S Spider to the Elton John AIDS Foundation which was auctioned at the Argento Ball in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
Every pound of the $948,000 it raised will go to the Foundation to help with its goal of creating an AIDS-free future for everybody. The ball took place at Elton John’s home, Woodside in Berkshire UK, with Graham Norton as master of ceremonies and a special performance by Ed Sheeran.
To mark the unique occasion and to celebrate the Argento Ball’s silver anniversary, the special 570S Spider features a special metallic ‘Blade Silver’ paint finish that is hand-sprayed. The 10-spoke lightweight alloy wheels are in a contrasting Stealth finish while the carbon ceramic brake callipers stand out in signature McLaren Orange. Inside, this bespoke 570S Spider features a ‘By McLaren’ Sport interior with Jet Black Nappa leather seats stitched with Carbon Black thread. The engine’s distinctive voice is further enhanced by the optional Sports Exhaust, and in the unlikely event that the winning bidder tires of the engine note, the 10-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo system will keep them entertained.
In addition to the bespoke 570S Spider, the winner of the lot, who is based on the US west coast, will receive a personal tour of the McLaren Technology Centre by Amanda McLaren, the only child of founder Bruce McLaren and a brand ambassador for McLaren Automotive. The winner will have an opportunity to witness the creation of a McLaren from behind the scenes – a money-can’t-buy- experience, as the Technology Centre is not open to the public. After the tour, Amanda will sign the car and wave the winner off around McLaren’s lake in their bespoke McLaren 570S Spider.
Over the last 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has reached millions of people across 26 countries with the HIV information, support and care to save lives and prevent new cases. In addition, the foundation has prevented almost a million babies being born with the HIV virus and helped to leverage nearly $400 million in additional funding from governments and funding partners.
The McLaren 570S Spider is available to order from all McLaren retailers and can be “won” at a more affordable price of $208,800 (U.S.). Bespoke services are available from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which offers almost limitless design possibilities. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this two-seater 570S Spider can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and features a top speed of 196mph with the top down. The roof is an electrically-folding hardtop that can be lowered in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 25mph, especially suitable for those sunny west coast days.
Note: Press release courtesy of McLaren Automotive.