McLaren 720s has more horsepower than initially claimed?
By Zlatan Stankovic on August 9, 2017
In the car industry today, reports of false performance outputs by famous auto mobiles handed out by their auto makers themselves, are prevalent even in the current generation of car enthusiasts. These issues are usually centered on the notion that the car’s on-track performance generally does not match the intended and designed per horsepower output that the developers are trying to spread out.
Creating a sense of confusion and misinformation, automakers even at some point make a false claim and exaggerate horsepower figures but fortunately does not usually happen. Other times though, the outcome becomes truly perplexing in that in this case the auto’s abilities far exceed those of what the intended specifications implied, creating a buzz in the car industry.
Just about the same exact situation occurred when BoostAddict reviewed the McLaren 720S. The McLaren made their own supercar that was aimed to be less complex than a super Ferrari. The gorgeous car comes with its most dominant feature with a 4.0-liter twin turbo V-8 clocking into a whopping 720 metric horsepower that is designed to cover and blow past its current competition like the Lamborghini Huracan and the Ferrari 488 GTB, and even its own epic predecessor the 650S.
The 720s created such a huge impression among people that BoostAddicts decided to test it out and have it perform to see what the general craze was all about, after a few runs, probably 3 laps into the run, they were astonished by the result. Apparently, the supercar managed to exhibit a consistent horse power output nearing 700 horsepower with series runs rated at 694,696 and 699 respectively. Magnificent, to say the least, significantly true to the hype.
With that showcase, it is indeed shocking how the McLaren can handle that much horsepower in its wheels. It is common knowledge that certain cars only exhibit a minimum of 10-15% decrease less than the maximum output, so you would wonder how, in the case of the 720s, it is able to put forth that max amount or close to it, knowing that the amount should be lessened by a common factor in decreasing power output, the friction especially on the driveline.
Going by the percentage decrease the car should only be able to put out around 600 – 650 horse power but that is not the case so we can assume that the professional car engineers have been able to figure out how to efficiently make a car lose about only a small percentage of power loss from the car’s engine transitions, however, it seems very unlikely.
So the only viable reason we can come up with is that the automobile is in fact far outputting our performance expectancy for it. The Mclaren could possibly be putting out a horsepower of around 780 at Max, giving the Ferrari a run for its money. Since the 720s is indeed sandbagging its real capabilities, it might be a new role at McLaren with most cars in the same industry denying any exception.
With this in mind, we can only assume that if this becomes a practice with most car companies now, we will have to wait and see how the industry reacts, but we think that It can be quite an acceptable tactic to arouse brand curiosity and awareness, to say the least.