McLaren is more than just an automaker; it is also contains a top-notch engineering firm, specializing in carbon fiber. It just so happens that the fruits of its labors often end up on things with wheels. In this case, the British firm has worked with California bicycle maker Specialized for its fastest road bike, the S-Specialized + McLaren Venge.
McLaren Applied Technologies worked with Specialized to take its Venge series of racing bikes to the next level. Through extensive use of carbon fiber weaves helped to reduce weight and to increase rigidity, aerodynamics, and efficiency. The technology used to develop the new bike was based upon the work MAT had done for McLaren’s F1 team and for the new 2012 McLaren MP4-12C.
According to Specialized’s composite design engineer Brad Paquin, “The S-Specialized + McLaren Venge project is unique. We paid no attention to the typical limiting factors and focused solely on producing the most advanced bike possible.”
Specialized claims that the McLaren Venge is the fastest road-racing bicycle; they put the claim to the test this past weekend at the Milan-San Remo one-day bike race with Tour de France multiple stage winner Mark Cavendish at the pedals. Cavendish finished at an admirable number 52 out of 198 racers.
The race-ready bike will sell for $18,000 and a "street legal" version carrying a price tag of $9200.