By Mike Torpey on 2016-12-06 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Santa can serve up a
IF finding a McLaren supercar parked on your driveway this winter may seem a touch fanciful - well you could spot one under the Christmas tree.
In fact it could even be one of the brand's most sought-after models, the limited edition McLaren 675LT.
Already one of the lightest supercars available, McLaren has lopped 99.99% off its weight in the form of a 1:43 scale model.
It's one of many McLarens now available in lightweight, small scale form - from the iconic F1 to the most recent 570GT, meticulously made and with exceptional detail.
One of the latest collectibles to become available is the 1:18 scale model of the McLaren 570S Coupé edition, handcrafted by Italian family-run business Tecnomodel.
Sitting on a carbon fibre effect cushion with a 570S badge modelled on the one fitted to the real car embedded into the plaque, the Vermillion Red edition has two-tone red leather and dark grey alcantara seats and gloss black wheels with red calipers.
And the use of carbon fibre on the car is hand painted on the model including the sills that highlight the silver 570S badge on the driver's side.
The 1:43 Minichamps model of the 675LT is one of the most recent models to emerge in Chicane Grey and identical to the real thing revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Similarly, the model of the 1993 McLaren F1 XP-5 in dark green - which still holds the world record for the fastest normally-aspirated car - replicates in minute detail everything from the seat belt to the steering wheel and its controls.
Further icons in miniature from McLaren's past include the MP4-12C GT3 in McLaren Orange, famed for its 23 victories, 39 podiums, 27 pole positions and three championship titles and the latest McLaren P1 GTR in its Harrods inspired livery. Prices are from Â£55.
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