Brad Leach | Aug 19, 2016

This is not a more refined McLaren primarily for street use - in fact this is the much-touted high-performance MSO HS model.

It’s definitely a ‘Track Day’ car and technology includes three cameras (front, rear and looking over the drivers’ shoulder) which are part of McLaren Track Telemetry (MTT) which - as well as showing live readouts on-screen in the car - can download information along with GPS mapping and graphical plots of your hotlaps to show how you can shave some time.

These first images aren't official, at least not yet, but there's little doubt they come from McLaren's family photographer.

Based on the 650S, McLaren enthusiasts will immediately pick the carbon fibre front bumper, splitter and dive planes.

But check-out the roof (carbon-fibre too) - it has an air scoop just like the World Endurance Championship race cars. Carbon fibre also features for the side air intakes and side skirts.

So obviously there has been enormous work put into weight-saving in the MSO HS and further to that, the glass is the thinnest McLaren has ever used, the engine cover is polycarbonate, it uses lightweight wheels and carbon ceramic brakes.

Out-back is a massive rear wing reminiscent of McLaren’s own P1 GTR racers – its angle can be electronically adjusted (here’s a hint: to reduce fuel consumption on the road, have it flat) and – just like the Bugatti Veyron – it can be used as an airbrake.

Propulsion comes from a blueprinted version of McLaren’s twin-turbo V8 delivering 506kW of power and 700Nm of torque from 3000-7000rpm, putting it just a half-step ahead of the 496kW 675LT

Only 25 McLaren MSO HS models will be produced, with each customised to its owners specifications thanks to the bespoke work of the McLaren Special Operaions division.

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