09 Oct 2018

McLaren 720S Track Pack revealed

British supercar loses weight and sharpens up
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McLaren has put its 720S supercar on a carbon-fibre diet to shed even more weight.

Already built on a carbon-fibre tub and weighing 1419kg in standard form, the Track Pack substitutes parts and adds track day gear that brings the total bill down to 1394kg.

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Using the 720S Performance as a base, the Track Pack adds a McLaren Special Operations carbon-fibre active rear wing to the already-present carbon-fibre front diffuser, front and rear air vents and mirror caps. Protruding out of the rear fascia is a twin sports exhaust system while underneath the normal wheels have been substituted for lightweight forged ten-spoke alloys.

There’s even more carbon weave and track-focused gear inside. Carbon-fibre bucket seats with Alcantara trim feature six-point harnesses mounted to a titanium roll-cage. An Alcantara steering wheel compliments the rest of the finishes and extended carbon-fibre paddle shifters connect the driver to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The featherweight Brit doesn’t get a boost in engine performance, but it already produces 527kW at 7250rpm and 770Nm at 550rpm from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. However, there are some extra tweaks to get the best performance at the track including a McLaren Track Telemetry system that can record lap and sector times with video overlay – recorded from three cameras mounted around the car including in the cockpit. A further ‘Track’ driving mode is included that sharpens suspension and driveline settings just a little further than the ‘normal’ 720S is capable of.

Priced in the UK from $415,000 the 720S Track Pack costs around $50,000 more than the base supercar but could be considered a steal compared to the almost twice as expensive track-only 720S GT3, which will deliver the meanest version of the model yet when it debuts in 2019.

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