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2018 McLaren 720S On A Mission To Find 1,000whp

Novitec carbon aero, Senna seats and simple bolt-ons equate to one of the sexiest supercars on the streets of California.

Sam Du
Aug 19, 2020
Photographer: Darren Martin

If you follow supercars at all, then you'll know not to sleep on the McLaren 720S. Its foundation is a carbon fiber cell with a mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Weighing 3,167 pounds, the engine is good for 711 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque resulting in a 0-60mph of 2.5-seconds (effin' fast!). Our friends at Motor Trend have tested the 720S at Big Willow where it set a lap record (in 2018) of 1:21.75, ousting the Porsche 918 Spyder and Lamborghini Huracan Performante (Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car in 2018).

Saying this car is a beast is an understatement, and quite frankly, having that much power at your fingertips should require a special license. However, there are a handful of thrillseekers out there that always want more and in today's case, Andre Wetzell of Southern California is on a mission to not just own one of the fastest street-legal supercars out there, but also to break the 1,000whp mark.

2018 McLaren 720S Novictec Rear Lateral Bumper Covers 02 Photo 36/36   |   2018 McLaren 720S On A Mission To Find 1,000whp

Now there's a lot of McLaren owners that simply throw on a set of flashy wheels, wrap their car some obnoxious color and all it a day. Not Andre. His background in cars runs deep in the tuning scene. "I've been modifying cars out of the garage since I was 15, always competing with friends to see who had the fastest cars and it hasn't stopped since. My first project car was a 1990 Nissan 240SX with a SR20DET swap putting down 470whp with bolt-ons. Plenty more after that like an SRT4, Evo IV MR, CLS55, E63 and Huracan, just to name a few...but nothing compares to the 720. McLaren has been my dream car since it came out in the Need for Speed II video game in 1997. I always told myself I'll get a McLaren one day, and it finally came true in January this year."

Andre's 720S would undergo a series of modifications to improve its styling first, which includes a very comprehensive carbon fiber body kit from German-based Novitec, lightweight HRE forged monoblok wheels, 100-treadwear Toyo R888R tires and lowering springs. There's also some drool-worthy hardware inside such as the MSO rollcage (one of two in the United States) as well as legit pair of Senna carbon fiber bucket seats. The sum of all these parts are tasteful and pleasing to the eyes, but not Andre's ultimate end game...

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"My goal was to put down 1,000whp and make it to the four-digit mark. Boden Autohaus fitted the kit, wheels and suspension but they also built the downpipes and exhaust for it. I love the quality of their work and team. For software, I went with M Engineering. They hold the top spots for the fastest McLarens in the world with custom features like rolling anti-lag, map switching, remote tuning and much more. The car makes 950whp now and I fell short of my goal by 50whp. The next step is a built motor or add a 75-shot of nitrous and meth, which is still in the works."

So, just how fast is 950whp? Well, during Motor Trend's test of a stock 720S, the two-door coupe ran a 10.1-second quarter-mile at 141.5mph. With a couple extra hundred horsepower and stickier tires, Andre's best quarter-mile times are in the low nines at a trap speed 157mph. "Power is ready to be unleashed at any rpm and it's capable of lighting up the tires at 90+mph with traction control off." Sounds pretty insane to us and we can't imagine needing to go any faster, however, Andre's confident he'll be able to break the 1,000whp mark and run eights at the drag strip in no time. It's not a question of "if", but "when".

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2018 McLaren 720S On A Mission To Find 1,000whp
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Car: 2018 Mclaren 720S
Owner: Andre Wetzell
Hometown: Apia, Samoa
Occupation: V.P. Elitist Inc
Instagram: @supreme720s
Power: 950whp; 725 lb-ft of torque
Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8; Boden Autohaus downpipe and titanium exhaust; Unobtainium turbo inlets; Weistec blow-off valves; BMC air filters
Drivetrain: seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
Engine Management: M Engineering M-Tuner
Footwork & Chassis: Novitec Sport Spring set
Brakes: 15.3" front, 15" rear carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston front, four-piston rear calipers
Wheels & Tires: 19x9.5" front, 20x12" rear HRE R101LW wheels; 245/35R19 front, 315/30R30 rear Toyo R888R tires
Exterior: Novitec carbon fiber body kit
Interior: OEM Senna carbon fiber seats; MSO Track Pack titanium rollcage; five-point harnesses

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