This will be my first post here. As an aspiring McLaren owner, I’d like to share my story of how I fell in love with this brand and hope to express my enthusiasm and seek advice from all of you!
I’m no writer but I’ll try to put you where I was August of 2018- pardon my horrible writing skills? Thanks in advance...
A little about me:
My favorite “daily” vehicle to date has always been the BMW M3, since first discovering it 16 years ago. Since then I have had several of them, logged many hours at the track and currently work for BMW in a Motorsport tech support role. I’ve driven every M made(except M1) on a racetrack and I currently drive a 2017 M3 6spd and was doing well enough to finally consider purchasing my childhood poster dream car, the Lamborghini Gallardo.
This past August, I made my way to a local Lambo/McLaren/Rolls dealership to see about testing one out.
I was very excited to finally sit in a 2009 Gallardo that had been sitting for some time on the lot. My adrenaline was pumping and I was ecstatic to finally experience the car.
Then, I opened the door and sat down...
The interior was sharp, but felt dated with many worn buttons and switches that had some of the plastic and dye faded off of them from years of use. It felt dated. The steering wheel was decaying and the seat upholstery was slowly deteriorating. While I know this wasn’t a good example to consider, my dream was more or less crushed and years of fantasy went down the drain. It didn’t feel like I thought it would. I didn’t bother with a test drive. I was disappointed and discouraged to say the least...
Aiming to head out with my head low, the salesperson asked me if I would consider something else.
“You know,” he says, “you mentioned you really wanted a true driver’s car(I knew better than a base model Gallardo to be honest). Would you consider sitting in a McLaren?” I shrugged, still heartbroken. “Yea, sure. I don’t know much about them but why not?”
“Ok wait here...” he says.
After a few minutes, he rolls around the corner in a...”Wow what is THIS?!” I ask.
“This is a 570S”, he says. “Here, have a seat.”
At this point I’m baffled. I’ve never even heard of this, never seen one and WOW the design! I get in and a 29-year-old became a 7-year-old in seconds- everything felt right. EVERYTHING. I started noticing how form followed function in every detail I could pick on. Each facet of the car had a functional purpose as the salesperson explained the details. Mind blown.
Upon heading out, he gives me the OK to put my foot down and......!!! “Engine Electrical System Malfunction”. Or something like that. Now it’s maybe 200 crank horsepower. “What the hell?”
We swapped it for another example and....same thing. This happened with three additional cars. Maybe the Gallardo wasn’t such a bad idea?
He starts to explain “Ok. Come back next Tuesday and I promise I’ll figure out why this kept happening. I’ll make sure you drive one that works.”
“Ok...” I said reluctantly.
After returning from a business trip(to COTA actually!), I return one last time to the dealership.
The store manager for McLaren greets me this time. Apparently, I have to wait for the warmup readings to go from blue to green, or something of the sort, before driving it or driving it hard?
570 #6, we wait six minutes into warmup. The colors change and we head out for my salesperson’s last chance to show me what a McLaren can do.
“Ok, here we go...” I said, hoping not to arrive at yet another disappointing message on the cluster and a performance reduction to Corolla-like power figures.
I roll on the gas onto the one-mile straight, out of the dealership parking lot and...OH MY. SWEET, NEW-FOUND LIFE WORK MOTIVATION....this thing was incredible!!
I was particularly thrilled at how well it entered, held, and exited a turn at speed. The balance of the car was unbelievable. 126 mph through an on-ramp later, this is the most fun and exhilaration I’ve ever experienced on wheels.
Two miles later, a machine at double what I could afford to buy and maintain made the Software company I began building on the side 3 years ago has a new target for success. I’ve taken massive falls, separated fantasy from reality and hope to do things differently this year to start really getting somewhere. I haven’t taken a real vacation in years to put time into building my business and, only since experiencing a McLaren, I’m totally fine with that!
I’ve been working very hard to get to my goals, and while a 570S isn’t the only goal by far(and I’m still far from it), it’s definitely somewhere at the top of the list.
I wanted to share this with you all, because I’m fully confident that day will come and wanted you guys/gals to hear the start of it. People like you inspire me, and I hope to chat with you all very soon about your past hardships and successes as well.
It’s a privilege to be here with you all. Thank you for having me!