|McLaren once again announced a new premiere for the much anticipated Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, following the recent initiation of the McLaren P1 and MSO 650S Spider. The new 650S Sprint variant is one of the four McLaren global debuts at the Pebble Beach weekend.|
Based on the recently launched McLaren 650S Coupe, the track-focused 650S Sprint is fitted with developments to the Brake Steer system, even more refined active aerodynamics and a race set-up for the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC).
McLaren turns 650S into a bonafide racer, with the 650S Sprint
As with the 650S, the aerodynamically optimized design of the 650S Sprint offers increased levels of downforce, and the revised air intakes carried across from the road car allow for optimized cooling of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo M838T engine. In the 650S Sprint, the proven powerplant is retained from the 650S roadcar, with a unique engine and transmission calibration to further enhance on-track drivability and driver engagement.
In looks, the Sprint version retains much of McLaren 650S’ design schematics, which now comes in white, Tarocco Orange and shades of black and white all round. Lower ride height with adaptive damping for revised springs and center-locking 19-inch wheels, fitted with slicks or wets, make this version a bonafide racer in its own right.
On the inside, the 650S Sprint gets stripped down to adhere to its want-t0-be-a-track-car regulation. Bare essentials include a carbon fiber MonoCell chassis, rollcage, a lightweight carbon fiber racing seat with six-point harness, as well as a fire extinguisher system. McLaren didn’t forget to include air-conditioning in the 650S Sprint for those who can’t take the heat.
Similar to its 650S GT3, the abbreviated 650S track version isn’t too downsized at all. A larger motorsport fuel ‘bag’ tank with quick-fill connectors is added, as is optimized cooling through the larger GT3-developed front radiator with a GT3-inspired bonnet integrating radiator exit ducts, and the addition of front wings louvres to further optimize airflow over, and around, the bodywork.
Specially-prepared braking system ensures a reliable stopping on the McLaren 650S Sprint. This system combines with the road car’s highly effective Brake Steer system and enhanced active aerodynamics to offer superior braking performance. This allows for later braking into corners, but also improved brake feel and greater cornering speeds.
A range of further options and upgrades are available for the Sprint including a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) developed aerodynamic package, carbon fiber rear wing, front splitter, a passenger seat with six-point harness and a polycarbonate windscreen.
McLaren 650S Sprint estimated price and global availability
The 650S Sprint is to carry a price tag of 198,000 pounds, and available at all McLaren retailers worldwide. Folks in this country ought to check with Auto Britannia (McLaren Kuala Lumpur).