This US$13,000 model McLaren comes with a remote for doors and lights

This US$13,000 model McLaren comes with a remote for doors and lights

Nothing says ‘I have a lot of money and don’t care who knows it’ quite like owning a supercar like the McLaren Senna.

Except, maybe, owning a US$13,000 scale model of a McLaren Senna.

And when it comes to high-end, to-scale model replicas, few do it as well as British brand Amalgam Collection.

Its catalogue of high-end collectibles (let’s face it, they’re toys) includes dozens of accurate, to-scale models from luxury and rare brands like Lotus, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Bugatti, Pagani and more.

Last year, Amalgam came out with its 1:8-scale McLaren Senna replica, which it showed off at mainstream auto events around the world with a price tag of US$8,324 ($11,120 here).

Now the company is adding something of an interactive element in the form of a remote control that triggers moving parts like the doors and door locks, and activates the lights and hazards.

“We have spent hundreds of hours designing and developing an evolution of the model that perfectly captures an exciting aspect of the design,” the company writes in the YouTube description of the feature.

“We are very proud to now offer the McLaren Senna with fully functioning exterior and interior lights controlled by a sleek, minimal remote control. The remote lets you choose between all the light functions available in the original car. To create an even more magical experience we have added electric doors, which open and close at the push of a button.”

The remote, which appears about the size of a smartphone and features eight pushable buttons instead of a touchscreen, bumps the price of the Senna model up to US$13,444 (or $17,950 north of the border).

So, yes, you could get a Nissan Sentra, Fiat 500 or a number of new vehicles for a similar or lesser price, all of which you could actually drive, but then you couldn’t tell your friends you own a McLaren Senna.

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