McLaren and JVCKenwood team up on 675LT concept
With the extremely sport-focused McLaren 675LT having only just entered production, McLaren gave one of the supercar's prototype models to JVCKenwood to play with. With its nearly bare sport car interior, the JVCKenwood team had a nearly blank slate to work with. The final result? Stunning.
The interior of a sports car can be likened to a runway model. It should be purpose-driven and naturally beautiful with function defining the form. In the McLaren 675LT JVCKenwood Concept being shown at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, this ideal is illustrated perfectly.
Mixing classic McLaren materials with cutting-edge fabrics, JVCKenwood created a beautifully crafted interior space. Carbon Black Nappa Leather baselines the design, covering the dashboard, upper door panels, and knee-knock area of the central tunnel. A new fabric called Geometric Black Technical with a "waxy grained finish" to be non-reflective is used around the driver's visual space from doors to the dash.
The interior looks unusual for two more reasons: the center console has been removed and the steering wheel is in Formula One style. The center console delete option for the 675LT was opted for here, which also removes ductwork and climate systems with the exception of window defrost vents. The steering wheel is a flat, button-covered weapon borrowed from the McLaren P1 GTR, with head-up display (HUD) controls replacing IPAS and DRS buttons. The conventional instruments in the dashboard have been removed in favor of a carbon fiber-framed vent to provide cool air for the driver. The HUD display on the lower windscreen replaces the missing instrument cluster.
Most striking in the interior of the McLaren 675LT JVCKenwood Concept are the Calypso Orange anodized vertical strakes in the center of the cabin. Their color matches the highlights on the steering wheel's control buttons as well as the bolsters on the racing seats. Other bits of Calypso Orange are seen throughout the cabin.
On the exterior, the JVCKenwood Concept has few changes to denote its being special. JVCKenwood silver racing stripes from the front hood, over the roof, and finishing at the Longtail Airbrake as well as along the sides are the most obvious.
More subtle are the JVCKenwood technology upgrades integrated into the McLaren 675LT concept being shown at CES. Most of it is concentrated in the HUD display and the aerodynamic wing mirrors being replaced with thin, low-drag cameras. The rearview mirror has also been replaced with a digital rearview monitor (DRVM), giving a wider field of view that is unobstructed. The monitor for viewing this camera has been integrated into the headliner above the windscreen.