Fully digital cockpit includes heads-up display, advanced driver aids
McLaren recently showed a specially modified version of its limited-run 675LT Coupe. The 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept incorporates the latest Caroptronics in-car technology from Japanese electronics company JVCKENWOOD. In a statement, the company said the additions have dramatically changed the car’s interior, such as the replacement of the standard gauges with a heads-up display (HUD). This is integrated with the company’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which works like a fighter jet’s combat computer, by detecting the presence of other vehicles and communicating collected information to the driver.
In addition, the design-study super car has aerodynamic, electronic side mirrors that not only reduce weight and drag resistance, but also aid downforce at high speed. Finally, a digital rear-view mirror replaces the conventional rear-view mirror. The company said this offers a wider rear view through the combination of three cameras, one on each side and one at the rear of the vehicle, displayed through a monitor installed where the standard mirror used to be.
Interior styling changes have also been made to the 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept. Most apparent is the steering wheel taken from the P1 GTR, with some buttons replaced by positioning controls for the HUD with fighter-plane inspired graphics. Behind this, in place of the gauges, is a large vent framed in satin carbon-fiber that blows cooling air to the driver.
Meanwhile, carbon-black Nappa leather is used to finish the top of the bespoke dashboard, upper beltline and forward portion of the central floor tunnel. A new geometric-black technical fabric with a waxy-grained finish is applied to the area in front of the driver to prevent glare, with a strip of satellite-gray technical fabric strewn the dash area and into the doors. The usual center console is removed together with the air-conditioning system, a delete option on the 675LT, to offer a more spacious feel.
A flash of color is provided by calypso-orange, anodized vertical strakes, which also surrounds the steering wheel-mounted start/stop button. Also, calypso-orange Nappa leather is applied to the bolsters of the 675LT racing seats and to the armrests around the hip point.
Subtle changes were made to make the already mad-looking exterior look menacing. Most prominent are the JVCKENWOOD silver racing stripes that start from the front hood-mounted McLaren badge and continue over the car’s roof to finish ahead of the longtail airbrake. The stripes are also applied to each side of the 675LT where they disappear into the air intakes.
The silver contrasts against the Onyx Black paint and provides a visual link to the gloss black machined Super-Lightweight 675LT alloy wheels, as well as the part-grey theme of the interior. Finally, the door-mounted rear-view camera blades and third camera mounted above the rear number plate are painted Palladium Grey.