The New McLaren 720S Has 15 Air Inlets, And This Is What They All Do

There has been lots of excitement at the Geneva auto show, not least of which was the launch of British brands latest release, the 2018 McLaren 720S.


Determined not to let their Super Series cars stagnate, McLaren released car to replace the formidable 650S. The 720S does not disappoint. Made from a combination of carbon fiber and aluminium has lots to offer. McLaren paid a lot of attention to the finer details. This called for a detailed inspection so that is exactly what we did. It took some time but studied every inch of this magnificent vehicle.

Chief designer for McLaren, Rob Melville spoke to us about the incredible 15 air inlets that can be found on the new 720S. That’s right, 15. In the front of the 720S there are massive intakes in the lower bumper and built into the headlight housing. These intakes, that is four so far, are for the low-temperature radiators. This is one aspect of the engine cooling system.


On the hood you will find two more air inlets. These feed air below the hood, exiting at the bottom of the windshield. This is to control pressure over the area. This same air is the channelled along the sides of the car and feeds into the side radiators for cooling. That takes us to 6, still 9 to go. The intakes mounted on the side are known as gills and these supply air to the rear high-temperature radiators.

There are 2 gills on each side, top and bottom. That takes us to 10. Then, at the back of the car, on both sides, there are rear intakes mounted in the fender below the taillights. These are for the box intake which feeds cool air to the engine. We are now at 14. Louvers mounted on the rear deck pull air over the exhaust and muffler to keep them from overheating.

It also pulls air down and into the engine bay to keep temperatures manageable there. That takes is to 15 in total with this last one being the largest. Clearly, the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 needs plenty of air. This engine pushes out a phenomenal 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Orders are open for this amazing car.