Police Find Wrecked $300,000 McLaren In The Nevada Desert, Abandoned By Owner

Nevada police stumbled upon a bit of a mystery in the desert last week, where a totaled McLaren 720S was found around 70 yards off a road near Lake Mead.

Here's a new one:

The damage suggested that the 710 horsepower supercar with a top speed of 212 mph rolled over at least once before landing in a heap of scrap metal and carbon fiber.

Nevada Highway Patrol posted pictures of the wreckage, noting that the driver and passenger "escaped serious injury because they were wearing their seatbelts." 

According to police, neither of the occupants was seriously injured. They weren’t there when the car was discovered, however. After searching the area, police learned that they had gotten themselves to a nearby hospital to be treated for scrapes and bruises. -Fox News

As Jalopnik notes, "It didn’t take long to figure that this was part of the Corsa Rally West, one of those supercar road rallies that are not races and are not about speeding, as the event joked on Instagram when it wound through Las Vegas:"


Hunting around for the identity of the owner(s), Jalopnik did their homework - noting that there were three McLaren 720S at the event; a red one, a purple one and a brown one from Florida - the most likely candidate. 

One Twitter user suggested that this McClaren 720S is the same one which was involved in a Palm Beach FL road rage incident in which a woman driving a 720S was apparently cut off by motorcyclists before an altercation broke out. 

A description of the incident on YouTube reads: 

"The women was cut off by the motorcycles, the bikers blocked the car in and when the driver stepped out to talk to them she forgot to engage the parking brake causing the vehicle to roll into the bike in front. The bikers proceeded to damage the vehicle by punching and kicking it. One biker even swung at the driver which is why she got back into the vehicle left the scene and called the police from a safer location. I talk about the situation that occurred down in Florida with the bikers and the mclaren 720s the the real question is whose at fault who antagonized the situation to escalate to what occurred some say the 720s was the first one to escalate the situation others say the bikers started this bazaar thing to happen so what do you guys think about this altercation between the 720S and these bikers."

And now, assuming it's the same car, this poor McLaren sits in a heap in a Nevada scrapyard.

Bonus: Here's a McLaren 720S being properly driven, and an in depth review by Drivetribe:


Stu Elsample Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:57 Permalink

That type of car is a waste of money because it is illegal (in the U.S.) to street drive it as it was built to be driven. But insecure people with big egos need their showoff toys

NoDebt Juggernaut x2 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:11 Permalink

Took a drive-along in the not-quite-as-fast McLaren 570s about a year ago.  It's a fucking fast car.  Especially on the top end it pulls away from things rated even 200HP more than itself.  I think McLaren under-rates them, frankly.  But the inside is comfy, relatively quiet and well appointed.  It's not a pure race car with leaks, squeaks, sharp edges and bad manners.  You can daily drive it, I'd just watch out for speed bumps because the thing is LOOOOOOW.

I think that's why so many people get in over their heads in cars like this.  They gather speed deceptively quickly.  It's doesn't FEEL like you're going that fast until you're boiling into a tight turn and suddenly realize you're still going 110 MPH.  You still only got 4 patches of rubber attaching you to the road and no matter how well managed they are they can only do so much.  Oops.


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hedgeless_horseman stacking12321 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 21:21 Permalink


I do love my Porsches, however... 

Y'all want a real thrill?

Come on down and we'll put you on a 16-2 Thoroughbred and take you out hunting fox and coyote over PVC and barbed wire, or just barbed wire, with a flute or two of Dom Pérignon and a third of a bottle of Yuu Baal Añejo on board,  if you so choose.

It's an order of magnitude moar invigorating and mentally stimulating than anything you can do in an automobile.

No seatbelt. No carbon fiber roll cage.

Only stirrups, and maybe a helmet.

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Tarzan hedgeless_horseman Thu, 05/17/2018 - 05:05 Permalink

Not sure why they're junking your comment, but likely it's because they've never been on a spooked Horse on a terror.

I've driven fast cars, fast boats and fast horses.  Being on the back of a horse that has decided he's going back to the barn at full speed through a trail, whether you like it or not, is terrifying!

If you've ever driven a car over 100 and smoked the brakes, it's the same helpless feeling, of being along for the ride, with no brakes.

Cars go when you push the gas.  A horse has a mind of his own.


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glenlloyd hedgeless_horseman Thu, 05/17/2018 - 15:12 Permalink

Lemons is a great time! Also a good use for old junkers and it let's people show their creativity. It's also a great learning experience and we have very few of those hands on types of learning experiences anymore.

Most kids won't touch anything but a phone, and their parents have all these stupid disease phobias you don't even seem them playing outside all that often.

Keep them protected and inside, yeah, that's a great idea, just cuz they will have no immunity to anything nor will they have the strength to do anything. The kids that grew up the strongest were the ones who ate a little mud when they were young.

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Mazzy NoDebt Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

And on the other end of things, you ever notice how you only see SUV and big pickup drivers crashed into snowbanks during big storms?  That's because jackasses like me who drive their cheapo beater cars know how to slow the fuck down based on conditions while the idiot SUV and pickup drivers think they're badasses.  Ice doesn't give a fuck about your tires or your 4-wheel drive....it only cares about inertia.

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Hal n back NoDebt Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:16 Permalink

16 years ago I was driving a vette in the interstate in New Mexico. Me, a MB and a BMW were crusing at around 100 when we took a curve and saw a downhill part of the road, nobody in front of us and no hiway exits of entrances.

We all got it up to 140, or so, and then by magic we all backed off at the same time. We stopped at the next exit got out and all laughed. We were all middle age guys and the laughter was we came to our senses.

The darn thing, we were just as easily cruising at 140 as at 100.

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Trogdor NemesisteM Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:14 Permalink

No shiz - I'd part that sucker out.  The brake calipers probably cost more than a new car - and the engine is probably still completely functional.

What would it be like to be able to just toss $300K into the dirt and walk away like it was a wad of chewing gum? 

I'm sure they made their money through hard work and sacrifice .... (bwahhahahaha)

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