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.
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).