On February 6, 1952, King George VI died and his daughter Elizabeth ascended the throne as Queen of England. 70 years have passed since then, making 2022 the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. To honor the occasion, UK-based McLaren Automotive turned to MSO’s bespoke division for the one-off Artura with a few special touches.
For starters, this Artura doesn’t wear a McLaren badge on his nose. In its place is the Elizabeth II badge which requires special equipment to make. It follows the style of the standard McLaren badge, and is colored according to a special silver exterior color called the Platinum Jubilee. MSO analyzes the pigment under various lighting conditions to get the right color, then spends eight days formulating and testing it for durability.
McLaren did not say what would happen to the special Artura who bears the Queen’s name. But Platinum Jubilee will be the new color offered on future models. It’s unclear if it will be part of McLaren’s standard color palette, reserved for a specific model, or something available through MSO.
The 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s special falls on February 6, but McLaren chose to announce a special Artura on May 12 for other reasons. The company’s global headquarters in Woking opened on this day in 2004, and Queen is there to open the doors.
“It is an honor for MSO to create a new platinum paint in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this year,” said MSO Managing Director Ansar Ali. “This particular paint, which will be available for customers to choose from for years to come, will be a fitting tribute to mark this milestone.”
The Artura is McLaren’s first series-produced hybrid supercar, featuring a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 paired to a single electric motor. The combined output is 671 horsepower (500 kilowatts), which is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. With the gas pedal on the floor, it can reach 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Or for a more efficient ride, the Artura only offers an electric range of 19 miles.
At 96, Queen Elizabeth II holds the distinction of being Britain’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch.