Wealthy Australian fans can park something exotic in their garage to celebrate the success of one of the country’s best drivers. Ricciardo led teammate Lando Norris home in a historic 1-2 for the team at Monza, taking its first victory since Lewis Hamilton left the squad to join Mercedes. Ricciardo’s victory represented McLaren’s best day on track for more than a decade. So it’s not surprising to see the brand release a particular car in his honor.
The McLaren 720S coupe, a carbon fiber machine powered by a 529kW twin-turbo V8, the Daniel Ricciardo Edition benefits from a handful of touches by McLaren’s Special Operations division. The cars are finished in the same “Papaya spark” orange as McLaren’s Grand Prix machines, with Burton blue highlights just like the open-wheeled racer.
An Australian flag features on their flanks, along with Ricciardo’s racing number. Carbon fibre sills autographed by the Aussie racer join a special build plaque in the cabin. Just three examples are coming to Australian soil, each likely to cost more than the 720S’ regular price of about $600,000 drive-away.
Ricciardo said driving supercars such as the 720S was “one of the great privileges of driving for McLaren”, describing the 720S as “the absolute benchmark”.
George Biggs, commercial executive director for McLaren, said, “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”. “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.”