It’s hard to improve on the McLaren 720S, but based in Miami 1016 Industries found a way. The company has produced a carbon fiber body kit that sheds 400 lb of McLaren’s curb weight, and CEO Peter Northrop recently showed it off on Jay Leno’s Garage.
This is not a quick thing. As Northrop explains in the video, every console on 720S has been replaced. Although McLaren makes extensive use of carbon fiber, not every component in the factory is made from lightweight materials. Northrop, a former engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (now Stellantis), said that replacing the doors with carbon fiber components saved 75 lb.
Because even though the stock 720S is a low-displacement bike, it’s still a production car that has to be designed to be easy to manufacture. As an aftermarket tuner, 1016 Industries is entirely focused on reducing weight, altering the carbon fiber layout in specific areas to maximize strength while minimizing weight.
1016 Industries Modified McLaren 720S on Jay Leno’s Garage
“This is already a car that does what it’s not supposed to do,” Northrop said of the 720S. So it’s particularly intriguing to see how much further it can go in terms of performance, he said.
Developing a body kit is also easier because the rear panels are designed to be easily removed, says Northrop. That’s because they need to be removed to access the engine, which is good for the regulators, but not so good for owners who need an oil change. And the 1016 can even deliver body kits faster than McLaren can deliver replacement body panels, Northrop claims.
Some compromises were required. The kit has been tested for aerodynamic performance using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, which actually resulted in the addition of a non-functional roof spoiler. It does not draw air into the engine (as above McLaren 765LT), as one might expect, but it reduces wind noise. The fixed rear wing generates real downforce, but requires a complex software solution because the stock movable wing is tied to the suspension and transmission operation.
And while the bodywork is carbon fiber, the wheels are not. The extra weight savings compared to the aluminum wheels used aren’t worth the extra cost of manufacturing custom wheelbases to compensate for McLaren’s wide body, Northrop explained, adding that the metal treatment Better load management and create a nicer ride carbon wheel.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is not available. Northrop claims the 1016 has extracted 1,150 hp from this engine, mainly by modifying the turbos.
There are plenty of other interesting details of this carefully modified McLaren to pour over. Watch the full video to know more.