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McLaren has revived an evocative name from the sport’s past after unveiling a modern reworking of the Elva sports car.

The Woking firm’s new roadster is an 804bhp lightweight road and track machine, costing £1.4m. It has been inspired by the original Can-Am McLaren-Elvas, which were designed by Bruce McLaren in the mid-1960s.

McLaren says the new car is the lightest it has ever produced, featuring a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 mated to a carbon-fibre chassis and body. The brand claims a 0-60mph time of under three seconds, making it quicker than the range-topping Senna hypercar.

The name harks back to the very origins of McLaren, when Bruce first branched out into building Can-Am cars with first the Zerex Special, and then the 1964 M1A. Elva Cars, run by Frank Nichols, showed an interest in Bruce’s early M1A design and a deal was struck to manufacture a run of customer versions, titled the McLaren-Elva M1A. A total of 24 were built.

McLaren’s relationship with Elva helped create the M1A and later M1B (pictured)
McLaren’s relationship with Elva helped create the M1A and later M1B (pictured)

 For its new Ultimate Series road car, McLaren had to acquired the rights to the Elva Cars name.

Mike Flewitt, head of McLaren Automotive, said: “The McLaren-Elva M1A [MKI] and its successors are in many ways the true spiritual forerunners of today’s McLarens – superlight mid-engined cars with the highest levels of performance and dynamic excellence.

“It’s fitting that the new roadster acknowledges our rich heritage with the Elva name.”

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