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This is it, the McLaren Elva!

Like poetry rendered in carbon fiber, McLaren's new Elva roadster is simply gorgeous.

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Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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Nose to nose, the original Elva meets the new.

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The McLaren Elva lacks a windshield, roof or windows, all to provide the ultimate open-air driving experience.

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There's a lot going on at the rear of this vehicle, but it still somehow manages to be beautiful.

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This car is plenty dramatic when viewed from the side, too.

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The car's bodywork rolls over the door tops, bringing a bit of the exterior inside.

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Instrumentation is housed in a pod ahead of the steering wheel.

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What a pair.

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A rollover-protection system shields occupants should the car ever flip.

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From the front, you're greeted by fairly standard McLaren styling, though the lack of a roof or even windshield adds loads of visual drama.

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Separated by decades, these two cars are still blood relatives.

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