McLaren just debuted its latest supercar: the US$1.69 million Elva. “It’s fitting that the new McLaren Ultimate Series roadster – a uniquely modern car that delivers the ultimate connection between driver, car, and the elements and with that new heights of driving pleasure on-road or track – acknowledges our rich heritage with the Elva name,” McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said. The Ultimate Series is what it sounds like: McLaren’s most outrageous machine. The Elva joins the Senna, Senna GTR and Speedtail. McLaren has never before produced an open-cockpit design, and the British brand’s first effort is unique: it lacks a roof, windscreen, or windows (a fixed windscreen add-on is available, however). The carmaker said its first open-cockpit vehicle makes for an “incredibly immersive and enthralling experience”. Live life in the fast lane with McLaren’s Speedtail Only 399 examples of the car will be made, each going for US$1.69 million. Elva also has a bespoke carbon fibre chassis, body and seats. The Elva is “the lightest road car we’ve ever built at McLaren Automotive,” vehicle line director Andy Palmer said. The windowless vehicle pays homage to the 1960s-era M1A racer, designed by founder Bruce McLaren. That car had a potent V8 and distinctive, lightweight-resin bodywork. Customers wanted to get their hands on a road version so badly that McLaren, a small operation, partnered with England’s Elva Cars to build three iterations of the machine: the McLaren-Elva M1A, M1B and M1C. The McLaren Elva … exists purely for the pleasure of driving, to deliver an enthralling and immersive experience born from the ultimate connection between the car, the driver and the elements Andy Palmer, McLaren vehicle line director The carmaker also claims the “shapes [of the car] are organic and natural”, with the only disruption being the instrument cluster. There is no clear distinction between the interior and exterior of the car, McLaren noted. This creates a “blurred boundaries” design. The doors and buttress behind the seats flow into the cabin. The front of the car is made of a one-piece panel that wraps around the entire nose, creating a clean appearance. Similarly, the body panels wrap from the front wheels to the active rear spoiler. In terms of safety, helmets aren’t required because the upper cabin surrounds around its passengers. There’s also an Active Air Management System (AAMS) that cocoons occupants by changing the airflow and directing it over the heads of driver and passenger, creating a “bubble of calm”, according to the carmaker. This is done by in-taking air through the nose of the car and funnelling it up through a vent. Why pet owners will love Aston Martin’s first-ever SUV The AAMS will activate automatically as the speed of the car increases. Keep scrolling to check out this new piece of hi-tech insanity from the Wizards of Woking: The Elva is a two-seat roadster, pictured here with the windscreen attachment. It’s the latest in McLaren’s ultra-high-end Ultimate line-up. McLaren’s 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine makes 804-horsepower with 590 pound-feet of torque and propels the mid-engine Elva to a 0-60mph time of less than three seconds, according to the carmaker. This is the same motor as the McLaren 720S, Senna and Senna GTR. In addition to a familiar carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, the Elva makes abundant use of additional carbon fibre, from the signature “dihedral” doors to carbon-ceramic brakes. What cars do billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg drive? The Elva’s contoured body shape guides air to optimise the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, according to the carmaker. The exhaust system is made of lightweight titanium and Inconel. There’s a pair of rear exhaust ports along with a top-mounted dual port. Their eight-inch infotainment touchscreen is as modest as these units typically are for McLaren, but the interface is new and includes navigation, a rear-view camera and climate controls. The screen is mounted on a carbon-fibre arm that tilts toward the driver. 9 features that make the Ferrari 488 Spider a full-throttle supercar Buyers can customise the Elva’s interior, and among their options is four-layer Ultrafabric. McLaren said the outer surfaces provide durability and moisture resistance while the inner layers add a “reinforced rayon-fibre base” and cushioning material. This stuff can evidently “grip” driver and passenger for a snug ride. “The McLaren Elva … exists purely for the pleasure of driving, to deliver an enthralling and immersive experience born from the ultimate connection between the car, the driver and the elements,” McLaren’s Andy Palmer said. Only 399 Elva models will be made. The car starts from US$1.69 million. The final price depends on how much extra work buyers ask McLaren Special Operations to bring to the party. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . This article originally appeared on Business Insider .