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Driver has McLaren 600LT impounded just 10 minutes after buying it

By Cameron Kirby, 28 Jun 2019 News

Driver has McLaren 600LT impounded just 10 minutes after buying it

This has to be a record for time between a car leaving the dealership and ending up at the impound lot

A Canadian man has had his first night of McLaren ownership cut unexpectedly short after his car was impounded just 10 minutes after leaving the dealership.

The 600LT (which costs US$256,500 in North America) was impounded by West Vancouver police after the driver was allegedly caught travelling at 161km/h in a 90km/h zone.

"While the officer was conducting the investigation, the driver allegedly stated that they had just left the dealership after purchasing the vehicle, 10 minutes prior," West Vancouver police said in a news release.

As a result of the owner’s right-foot antics, the 600LT was towed from the scene and impounded for seven days for excessive speeding, while the 39-year-old driver was hit with a $368 fine.

If the driver was caught in Victoria, he would be facing an $806 fine and automatic licence suspension of 12 months.

But it doesn’t take long for the 600LT’s 441kW, 620Nm 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 to put the car over the speed limit. 

To put the 600LT’s speed into perspective, the driver would only have had to applied full-throttle for six seconds for the needle to rocket past 160km/h. The McLaren is capable of dispatching 200km/h in just 8.4 seconds from a standstill.

If the driver had been accelerating full-throttle from a standstill, he would have covered a few hundred metres before the police nabbed him, with the 600LT capable of traversing 200 metres in seven seconds, at 179km/h.

At least this owner will be back behind the wheel in just seven days - a McLaren Senna owner put his new hypercar into a wall in Germany with just 50 kilometres on the odometer last year. The 43-year-old entrepreneur allegedly wasn’t travelling very fast when he lost control and caused €850,000 (A$1.38 million) in damage.