The centerpiece of the McLaren exhibit at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show was a McLaren 720S inspired by Bruce McLaren. The 720 bears a quote from McLaren, written in gold Arabic, on its rear wing. The quote states, “Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” The full quote is even more inspirational:
“To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be done foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not years alone.” (Bruce McLaren, From the Cockpit, 1964)
If you measure life by achievements, then this 720S belongs on the list. A plaque inside the car lets you know that this is a “1 of 1” MSO commission. It’s gold interior components as well as its gold-colored alloy wheels and 24-carat gold engine heatshield contrast perfectly with its satin black finish. The 720S sports a 4.0 V8 twin-turbocharged engine that tops out at 200km/h (124 mph) in just 7.8 seconds (it’s top speed is 341 km/h or 212 mph).
It’s hard not to be inspired by the McLaren quote—that’s if you can catch up to the car long enough to read its rear wing.