During the days of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, when a tiny principality on the Cote d’Azur turns into one big racetrack, many social events are held in Monte Carlo. And including with the participation of representatives of the ruling Grimaldi dynasty, including the Prince of Monaco personally. His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco got behind the wheel of the new McLaren Artura and became the next star “test pilot” of this supercar model, driving a lap on the street track.
A coupe in the corporate color McLaren Orange drove by Albert II drove a lap before the start of the race. As stated in McLaren, it was an honor for the company to see the Prince of Monaco driving his car on the track, which for almost 60 years has been invariably associated with the McLaren brand and racing cars that won in Monte Carlo in Formula 1.
McLaren Artura is built on the new carbon fiber architecture Carbon Lightweight Architecture and is equipped with a 680-horsepower hybrid powerplant consisting of a 585-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 gasoline turbo engine combined with a 95-horsepower electric motor integrated into a new 8-speed SSG robotic gearbox with two clutches.
His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco was not the first famous person who tried out a novelty in business. At the Miami Grand Prix, the McLaren Artura made its North American debut.
The premiere of the car was timed to coincide with the 21st anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s victory at the 1991 US Grand Prix on a street track in Phoenix. This success was the last victory of the Brazilian driving a McLaren car in the USA, and his nephew Bruno Senna presented the new road supercar.