For executive CHUDCHAYA “GIFT” TRITRAKULCHAI, the new 2-door retractable hard-top convertible 720S Spider by MCLAREN is a car that can keep pace with her lifestyle – where every second matters!
IN 2017, MCLAREN released its 720S coupe, and in 2018 the 720S Spider convertible followed –the world’s fastest convertible, yet with the fastest retractable roof in the realm of supercars. Well suited for those who love speed, it does 0 to 200 km/hr in 7.8 seconds, and 0 to 100 km/hr in 2.9 seconds, with rear wheel drive and a 4.0 L M480T twin-turbocharged V8 engine that equates to 710 bhp and 568 lb-ft torque.
For executive Chudchaya “Gift” Tritrakulchai, the vice president of Lamae Palm Oil Co, Ltd. – a business she and her husband founded together – McLaren’s eye-catching, one-of-a-kind cars are the vehicles that resonate with her success philosophy. “In order to succeed, you have to do something unique, that’s different from everyone else,” she states.
She loves the Spider for the fact that it can keep pace with her speedy lifestyle. “My life is very fast-paced. In business, we rely on speed. Every wasted second is a missed opportunity. I need a car that can keep up with that lifestyle. That’s exactly what caught my eye about the McLaren, especially the 720S Spider, which is currently the world’s fastest convertible.”
Within the first few seconds of meeting Gift, it’s easy to make a few observations about this 34-year- old dynamo who has risen to success very early in life. She comes across as driven, efficient, and to the point. Her mannerisms are quick, and she doesn’t mince words. Her favourite sport? Shooting. Her hobbies? Eating and travelling.
“I’m a family girl who also loves efficiency. My children are six, eight, and ten years old. As you can see, my life is very well planned,” she quips.
Of her friends, many of whom are also into McLarens, she shares her insights. “All of us McLaren owners have something in common – our love for speed bonds us. We’re like a family.” In fact, it was her meetings with McLaren owners, and finding out how much they had in common, that initially piqued her interest in the brand.
Her second favourite feature about the car is the level of safety it offers. The modified carbon monocoque used in 720S models is lighter than iron, but three times as strong and also stiffer, in contrast to its 650S predecessors. “For me, with five in our family, including my three kids, safety is paramount,” she explains.
From the outside in, McLaren spares no detail when it comes to combining form and function together to create a truly magnificent vehicle that is every bit aesthetically pleasing to the eye as its powerful performance.
Furthermore, McLaren Special Operation or MSO, the British supercar maker’s bespoke division, is dedicated to realising their customer’s vision to personalise their vehicles, thus making it exclusive and truly limited-edition. The 720S Spider comes standard in either blue or silver. However, owners have an even wider spectrum of colours to choose from under three categories, namely, ‘Special’, ‘Elite’ and ‘MSO’. Some of the bolder options include McLaren Orange, Volcano Yellow and Memphis Red. The standard interior is molded throughout with the finest-grade black leather, but white and beige options are also available for customisation. For Gift’s vehicle, she and her husband have chosen the blue exterior and paired it with the simple yet classy white leather interior; a highly winsome combination.
Asked whether the supercar acquisitions have paralleled her success in life, she is quick to answer. “Yes, they really have. Now that we have more success and have progressed further in our career, we are purchasing better and more sophisticated models that parallel our successes.”
The Spider is also very well suited for road trips, which is another favourite hobby that the couple like to indulge in, along with their friends and fellow McLaren owners. Gift says this car tackled the 1,200 mountainous curves along the road to Mae Hong Son province in Thailand’s North with considerable precision.
“We love taking road trips, and the furthest we’ve driven to is Mae Hong Son. The Spider performed excellently on all the curves. It doesn’t lean into the curve, but sticks to the road, which helped us drive through the mountains with ease.”
Of course, it’s also suited to cruising around the city. “This is a car that’s very convincing. It’s hard to rival the experience behind the wheel, and if you’re in the passenger seat you also won’t experience that small bit of neck whiplash, as is the case with a lot of other supercars,” Gift points out. “The Spider is very soft on the passenger.”
McLaren is one of the few supercar brands in the world that still produces two-door cars, and the interior of the Spider is very simple, bringing owners back to the basics. The uniform steering wheel maintains the focus on driving, whilst the two seats are situated very close together for better balance. There are many features that enhance the passenger experience, but the bottom line is that McLaren has infused more power and stronger performance into its Spider, bringing its numbers close to rivaling true supercars, including McLaren’s own P1. This is what Gift enjoys most in the car, and it’s what future owners can look forward to as well.
“Its performance is so soft and smooth. The only real difference is how fast it is,” she concludes.