Rocket on wheels – The McLaren 600LT

With the McLaren 600LT, the British manufacturer of super sports cars opens the fourth chapter of the McLaren ‘Longtail’ story. As always, McLaren’s mission is: lighter, stronger, faster and optimized aerodynamics. Anyone who has driven one or the other of the predecessor models will find it difficult to imagine how something like this can be implemented and will be surprised again and again: it is possible.

@Markus Bartholet

Rocket on wheels – The McLaren 600LT

My phone rings, at the other end my colleague asks me if I have time to bring the McLaren 600LT from Zurich to Geneva and test it for 3 days. After I had thrown all my appointments overboard – because the strictly limited McLaren 600LT is not easy to get – I was looking forward to picking up the 600LT in the evening.

Extension of the McLaren Sports Series

The Mclaren 600LT is the fourth and now most extreme road legal model of the Sports Series, a few changes stand out quickly: extended front splitter, an extended rear diffuser, fixed rear wing and the extended silhouette which is 74 mm longer compared to a McLaren 570S Coupé.

Lighter, Faster & More Aerodynamic

The same 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 was installed, which now produces 600 hp and 620 NM. This shoots you within 2.9 seconds from 0-100km/h, 0-200km/h in only 8.2 seconds. The 100 Kg downforce at 250km/h ensures that it does not go directly with a rocket to the moon.

@Markus Bartholet

@Nico Krättli

Race track focused driving dynamics

Optics and numbers do not deceive, the new limited model has a road permission, but was developed with a focus on the racetrack.

  • 100 kg lighter than the 570S Coupé
  • New aerodynamic carbon fiber body
  • Brake boosters ensure precise response and phenomenal braking performance: 200 km/h to a standstill in just 117 metres.

@ Dario Fontana

@ Dario Fontana

3 days on the road with the McLaren 600LT

The driving experience

Compared to the other models of the Sports Series we are talking about a harder, tighter chassis, which may require a bit more skill to tame the power. The whole thing screams for a ride over the mountain pass, e.g. 21 kg are saved with super lightweight seats, which doesn’t necessarily make the 600LT a Grand Tourer. But one thing I can assure you: it is incredibly fast. I always have the feeling to feel new records in terms of performance – maybe it’s because my competitors simply can’t offer me this level of accuracy & power.

All in all the McLaren 600LT is definitely more uncompromising, more brutal and for an inexperienced rider maybe a bit scary. With the relatively cool temperatures in November, the rear end of the car can be felt from time to time – the traction control then takes you back to the track. For the autumn/winter season a lot of caution is required.

A highlight: The Top-Exit exhaust system

The 600LT can be recognized quickly by its top-exit exhaust system, which – inspired by the Senna – leads to an improvement in aerodynamic performance thanks to its unique sound. It’s especially fun in the tunnel, where you can see the flames of the tailpipes in the rearview mirror at full power – does it get any better?!

@Nico Krättli

A magnet in the city

As so often with a McLaren, it is impossible to stop in town or at the gas station without talking to various fans, onlookers or owners. McLaren has announced the 600LT Spider in the last days, we can hardly wait!

Technical data & price of the McLaren 600LT

  • Engine
  • Performance
  • Gearbox
  • Weight
  • Consumption
  • Price
  • 3799 cm³ / 8-Cylinder / Twin-Turbo
  • 600 PS / 620 Nm
  • 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox
  • 1365 Kg
  • Approx. 13 litres at the test car
  • from 269’000 CHF

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The Best 5 Golf Courses On Mauritius

We’re just back from a wonderful and inspiring trip to Mauritius. It was a bit like in a picture book: endless sandy beaches, turquoise water, palm trees, fantastic hotels and great conditions for golfing. We used our time to play and rate our top 5 golf courses on Mauritius.

About Mauritius

The island is located about 1800 km east of the African continent and has with about 2000 km2 approximately the area of Luxembourg. Accordingly, Mauritius is a relatively small island, the golf courses on Mauritius can all be reached within a day trip (round trip).

Climate on Mauritius

Basically, Mauritius can be visited all year round. We were on the island from the beginning until the middle of December, it was not brooding hot but a little windy and cloudy from time to time, which from our point of view are perfect conditions for golfing. From November – April it is summer time, it is about 30 degrees hot and with 80 – 90% humidity very humid.

The best 5 golf courses on Mauritius

The island is not without reason a popular travel destination for golfers, one finds the ideal conditions and great golf courses on Mauritius. We have played and rated our 5 favourites.

Greenfee, prices and tips

Pretty much all of the golf courses on Mauritius cost around EUR 170 for 18 holes including a buggy. Depending on the hotel, there are agreements with the courses to be able to play at a reduced price. The Beachcomber Resorts are ideal for a golf trip, see our travel article for more information.

  • With the Edelweiss Air the golf baggage is included
  • Book your desired tea time as early as possible
  • Equipment can also be rented on any site, prices vary

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf Edition – Rory McIlroy’s Choice | Ref. 220.12.41.21.02.003 

Paradis Golf Club

The golf course belongs to the Beachcomber Dinarobin, has a picturesque landscape, beautiful palm trees and is situated directly at the sea. The hotel offers the service that the golf cart is delivered to the hotel room directly before tee time.

Website
https://www.beachcomber-hotels.com/de/golf/your-golf-experience/paradis-golf-club

Contact Details
+230 601 9000

Golf Course Rating

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Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club

A highlight on our trip and definitely worth a visit – an island just for the golf course. Transport by taxi or shuttle to the parking lot, then we go by boat to the island.

Website
https://www.ileauxcerfsgolfclub.com

Contact Details
+230 402 7720 | [email protected]

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Mont Choisy Golf

An ideal place for beginners, still new and yet already very well embedded in nature.

Website
http://www.montchoisygolf.com

Contact Details
+230 260 1000 | [email protected]

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Avalon Golf & Country Club

New place, may still grow a little into nature. Wonderful view of the sea. Avalon is an 18-hole golf course in Mauritius, which covers about 275 hectares of land. The natural contours and waves of the golf course not only enhance the course, but also lend it character.

Website
https://avalon.mu

Contact Details
+230 430 5800 | [email protected]

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Academy ✭✭✭✩✩

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf Edition – Rory McIlroy’s Choice | Ref. 220.12.41.21.02.003 

Heritage Golf Club

The Heritage Golf Club is a multiple award-winning championship golf course. Located in the southern part of the beautiful island of Mauritius, the course lies on an idyllic piece of land between gentle mountains and the turquoise lagoon of the Indian Ocean.

Website
https://heritagegolfclub.mu

Contact Details
+230 623 5600 | [email protected]

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Swiss Caviar – Best Quality From The Mountains

Some time ago, caviar had a somewhat opulent reputation in society, whilst this unique speciality can now be found on the menu of practically every Michelin restaurant. The company Kasperskian, which produces the finest Swiss caviar in the picturesque Valais, proves that it doesn’t necessarily have to be Russian.

What is caviar?

Caviar is occasionally also called ‘black gold’ and is purified and salted roe (fish eggs) of various sturgeon species.

Where does caviar come from?

The history goes back to the 5th century. Until today it is not quite clear where the name ‘caviar’ comes from. On the one hand the name “Cav-Jar” (cake of joy) indicates an Iranian tribe, on the other hand there is also the term “Khaviar”, which comes from the Persian “Khag-viar” – a term used in the Middle Persian language area for “black small fish egg”.

Swiss Caviar – Best Quality From The Valais

So, I am on my way to Leuk in the Valais, not far from the famous Matterhorn. The responsible person guides me friendly through the sturgeon breeding and explains me carefully how everything is produced. I quickly realize that Kasperskian has created a new habitat for this endangered species. The sturgeons spend their lives with first-class food in pure, crystal-clear Valais water.

swiss caviar

caviar from switzerland

Control, quality and sustainability

One of the reasons why Swiss caviar is increasingly found among star chefs is its quality. Each sturgeon carries a chip and a name, the fish are carefully massaged and the eggs are stripped for the egg collection. The sturgeons are milked without killing them as in comparable production facilities.

Without additives and preservatives

“Caviar with Life” is 100% pure, natural and fresh without additives and preservatives and carefully rinsed with water from the Swiss Alps. The purity, taste and texture of Kasperskian are exclusive and unique. Each pearl has its own character, colour, shape and size. Each can comes from a single sturgeon. The company adds nothing more to this natural product than a little salt. It unfolds the aromas that make Swiss caviar the ultimate pleasure and luxury for connoisseurs.

Five years until the first egg is laid

The caviar business requires a lot of patience and sure instinct, the females are regularly examined by ultrasound at the age of four to determine the beginning of egg production. The first egg laying normally takes place two years later.

What does Swiss caviar cost?

The price starts at CHF 29.00 for 10g.

Europe-wide delivery within 24h

Deliveries are generally carried out within 24 hours of dispatch within Switzerland.

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