By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, a McLaren 675LT could have accelerated from a stop to almost 100 mph. That kind of performance doesn’t leave much room for pilot error, but don’t worry, the car’s got a comprehensive rescue kit if you shatter its carbon fiber body and get a boo-boo.
Just kidding. This car’s “limit” is so high that by the time you exceed it, your body is probably going to be bent a lot worse than anything a few Band-Aids and strips of gauze can clean up.
But in case it isn’t, here’s exactly what you do get in the cute little “first aid kit” McLaren has stuffed into the 675LT’s frunk for your convenience.
The “bandage bundle” is actually not arbitrary. The kit adheres to the German standard “DIN 13 164” for automotive first aid kits. Yes, there is a standard, that’s what it’s called, and it includes:
|Skin cleaning tissues||2||"Hygienic sachet”|
|Roll of self-adhesive plaster |
DIN 13 019-A, 5 x 2,5, 5 m x 2,5 cm
|Plaster assortment, 14 pieces||1||Dustproof packing|
|First-aid packet |
DIN 13 151-G
DIN 13 151-M
|First aid dressing|
DIN 13 151-K
|Dressing for burns|
DIN 13 152-A
|Dressings for burns|
DIN 13 152-BR
|Elastic gauze bandages|
DIN 61 631-MB-8, 8 cm x4 m
|3||Singly packed, dustproof packing|
|Elastic gauze bandages|
DIN 61 631-MB-6, 6 cm x 4 m
|2||Singly packed, dustproof packing|
|Wound compresses (3x2 pcs) |
100 mm x 100 mm
DIN 13 168-D
|Pair of scissors|
DIN 58 279-A 145
|Insolation emergency blanket, |
gold/silver, 1600 x 2100 mm
|Disposable vinyl gloves, large DIN-EN 455||4||PVC, seamless, dustproof packing|
|First-aid manual||1||In six languages|
I still don’t think those patches would be much help if you wrap the car around a telephone pole, but you might be able to leap out of your McLaren to somebody else’s rescue if you roll up on a skateboard accident or something.
Just in case passersby can’t notice the McLaren pulled over with its hood/trunk open and its occupants wrapping themselves in DIN-approved Band-Aids.
If you’re lucky enough to run your McLaren off the road somewhere that isn’t a sheer cliff, or you have to park on wet grass at Alec Baldwin’s house party, the car is liable to get stuck. When that happens, this little eyelet will give you a place to pull from.
Behind that beauty mark on the lower driver’s side bumper is a threaded hole to stick it in. Pop that cover off, twist in, and you’re good for some short-distance low-speed towing.
Pretty much every car has this functionality, in case you weren’t already aware.
There are only four fluids a McLaren user is allowed to add to their 675LT; gasoline (the good stuff only, please) windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.
The engine cover is secured by special bolts (security Allen keys) and is, seriously, not supposed to be removed by anyone besides a certified McLaren technician.
That means no adding your own oil or coolant. You can’t even open the “hood” (rear engine cover) to droll over it or clean it. Luckily, said cover is clear so you can admire those beautiful carbon fiber-covered intakes like the museum pieces they are.
Most automotive wheels are held to the car by four to eight lug nuts that get popped off with a standard 17mm to 22mm socket, or “lug wrench.”
Since the 675LT is a special snowflake, it uses Torx lugs, which look like a star as opposed to a hexagon. This would make them harder for a casual thief to steal, but I mean, who’s street-parking a $400,000 car in a rough neighborhood?
These are for holding things together tightly, but not permanently. I really wanted there to be something special about the McLaren-spec rubber bands but I think they’re pretty regular.
The 675LT does not carry a spare tire, just a single-use aerosol inflator to boost the pressure back up in a pinch. This appears to be a “slime” type product that can temporarily patch minor leaks by filling the tire with a kind of glue, basically.
Pretty sure this is only supposed to be used if you get a flat somewhere the vultures are circling. Otherwise, “kindly wait for your McLaren-approved rubber inflation specialist to show up please.”
I thought these might be tire patches, but I want the best guesses from you brainiacs before we hear back from McLaren about what these really are.
The car came with three of them, rubber banded together.
The only thing missing was a jack. I rummaged through all two of the 675LT’s little storage areas but couldn’t seem to find a device that could actually lift the vehicle off the ground. I’d figure it wasn’t in there at all, but then they probably wouldn’t have bothered with the lug socket, right?
At any rate, don’t plan on making any roadside repairs should your shiny new McLaren dare to malfunction. But if you cut your finger on the owner’s manual, you are covered.