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McLaren donates bespoke 570S Spider to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation’s Argento Ball 2018; winning bid £725,000 bid

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: Sir Elton John (L) and David Furnish attend the Argento Ball for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on June 27, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Pic Credit: Dave Benett

McLaren Automotive, creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars, has for the very first time, donated a bespoke McLaren 570S Spider to the Elton John AIDS Foundation which was auctioned at the Argento Ball in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on Wednesday, June 27 2018.

Charitable Giving

Every pound of the £725,000 it raised will be going to the Foundation to help with its goal of creating an AIDS-free future for everybody. The ball took place at Elton John’s home, Woodside in Berkshire UK, with Graham Norton as master of ceremonies and Ed Sheeran giving a special performance.

Distinctive Bespoke Car with Enhancements

To mark the unique occasion and to celebrate the Argento Ball’s silver anniversary, the special 570S Spider is hand-sprayed in special metallic ‘Blade Silver’. The 10-spoke lightweight alloy wheels are in contrasting Stealth finish while the carbon ceramic brake callipers are picked out in signature McLaren Orange. Inside, this bespoke 570S Spider features a ‘By McLaren’ Sport interior with Jet Black Nappa leather seats stitched with Carbon Black thread. The engine’s distinctive voice is further enhanced by the optional Sports Exhaust but in the unlikely event of the winning bidder tiring of the engine note, the 10-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo system will keep them entertained.

Decades of Fundraising and Support

Over the last 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has reached millions of people across 26 countries with the HIV information, support and care to save lives and prevent new cases. In addition, the foundation has prevented almost a million babies being born with the HIV virus and helped to leverage more than £300 million in additional funding from governments and funding partners. McLaren is to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation on its silver anniversary, and looks forward to meeting the winning bidder.

McLaren Features and Customization

The McLaren 570S Spider is available to order from all McLaren retailers and can be won at a more affordable price of £164,750. Bespoke service are available from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which offers almost limitless design possibilities. Powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this two-seater 570S Spider can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 196mph with the top down. The roof is an electrically-folding hardtop that can be lowered in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 25mph, especially suitable for the great British summer. www.mclaren.com

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