McLaren 720S Now Available With Factory (Painted!) Gulf LiveryThe famous paint scheme is open to a limited number of customers.See all 10 photosEleonor SeguraAuthorthe ManufacturerPhotographerMay 19, 2021
To celebrate its renewed association with Gulf Oil International, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) customized a 720S with the iconic baby-blue-and-orange Gulf Oil Racing livery. The project took McLaren’s bespoke division 20 days to complete and recalls the legendary McLaren F1 GTR from the 1990s GTC Competition team. Wait, 20 days? Indeed—this is no vinyl wrap, it’s a hand-painted color scheme.
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Besides the body paint, the bespoke McLaren 720S by MSO features echoes of the racing livery on the brake calipers, interior, and key fob shell. Inside the 720S gets Gulf logos embroidered on the headrests with matching blue and orange stitching, including a painted emblem on the sills. The steering wheel has a center band featuring the exterior stripe in Gulf orange and adds dark blue on the carbon fiber spokes.
McLaren is making the Gulf Oil livery option available to a limited number of customers. Although McLaren is not adding this paint scheme to its 720S production models, the exclusive offer will allow customers the opportunity to have their supercar finished in the famous racing colors through MSO.
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The Gulf-painted McLaren 720S represents Gulf Oil’s official return as a strategic partner of McLaren and reflects its role in the in-house personalization arm. By teaming up, MSO and Gulf want to ensure that every example perfectly matches a range of metallic and solid paint finishes that capture both company identities.
McLaren announced its renewed partnership with Gulf last summer. The British automaker has a long-standing history of partnering with Gulf Oil International. The two first struck a partnership from 1968 to 1973 in campaigns for both Formula 1 and Can-Am racing series.
There is no mention of what it costs to have a 720S hand-painted in Gulf livery in the press release; however, considering it takes 20 days to do the job, it will not come cheap. For anyone who can afford a $300,000-plus supercar, adding fancy paint won’t be a problem.