Car designers are well aware of the aesthetic appeal of ditching that pane of glass in front of your eyeballs. They’ve attempted to do so in the past, with the likes of the Mazda MX-5 Superlight or the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss – and recently there has been a run of windscreen-less wonders. The Aston Martin V12 Speedster, for instance, and the Ferrari Monza SP. But this type of car has typically had one drawback: if driving at speed is to be even a remote possibility, you usually have to wear a helmet or it’s too uncomfortable. Which is why the new McLaren Elva has been turning heads. You can drive this car to 100k/h in three seconds, no headgear required. That’s thanks to an “active management system” that channels air through an intake at the front and forces it upwards through the bonnet at high velocity.
The McLaren Elva guides air over the open cockpit, encapsulating occupants in an aerodynamic ‘bubble’
This meets the blast that comes directly at you and pushes it all over your head, creating a virtual canopy, leaving you to enjoy a completely panoramic, million-dollar view. Quite literally. $1.74 million, cars.mclaren.com.