Hypercar giant McLaren is synonymous with high-octane, thrill-seeking adventure, but thousands of US McLaren owners have had their fun cut short. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the British automotive icon is recalling 2,763 vehicles over concerns a foam pad may retain moisture. Seems trivial, right?
Well, that foam pad is found directly underneath the metal fuel tank, which could lead to some big problems down the track. Should the humidity lead to corrosion of the tank, it could spell fire danger. The affected McLaren cars range in age from 2016 to 2020 and include the 720S, the 2020 GT, 2019 Senna, and the 2017 to 2019 570GT. Reports suggest McLaren will replace the foam pad and also the fuel tank if it has corrosion.
This is big news if you’re one of the 157 drivers (un)lucky enough to own the 789-hp Senna. The $1 million supercar is the pride of the McLaren family, but has copped some criticism for, you guessed it, fire issues. The car infamously caught ablaze during a demonstration run at the Austrian Grand Prix last year. Whether this had anything to do with the foam pad is unknown.
The latest news sees the 720S make up the bulk of the recalls, however. McLaren has yet to release a schedule for when it will notify owners of the recall. McLaren owners can check the NHTSA recall website to see if their car is included.