2021 McLaren Artura driven by Aussie F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo

The Australian F1 driver will race for the McLaren Formula One team in 2021 – and he’s had a test drive in the British brand’s latest supercar.

The upcoming 2021 McLaren Artura hybrid supercar was test driven by Australian Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo, prior to the vehicle’s launch last month.

As would be expected from someone sponsored by McLaren, Mr Ricciardo had nothing but good things to say about the Artura.

In a daring wet weather drive through the high-speed corners of Brands Hatch, the Australian Formula One driver – who last year announced his move from the Renault team to McLaren for the 2021 season – praised the refinement of the road-going car’s all-electric driving mode, and said the internal combustion engine “sounds so good.”

The 2021 McLaren Artura derives a combined output of 500kW/720Nm from its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 and electric motor.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, allowing for the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 3.0 seconds. Top speed is electronically-capped at 330km/h.

While pricing is yet to be confirmed, the Artura will likely start from about $445,000 plus on-road costs in Australia. This positions it between the entry-level McLaren GT and flagship 720S in the range.

The first examples will arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September inclusive).