McLaren’s 570S is one of a pair of ‘entry-level’ models in the British carmaker’s Sports Series, but it’s entry-level tag is about to be shaken with the arrival of two new variants.
Each is designed solely for use on a race track, and one is about to undergo a full season of development in the British GT championship.
Enter the 570S GT4 and the 570S Sprint.
The GT4 is the work of both McLaren GT and race outfit CRS GT Limited, with customer team Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse set to enter the car in all nine rounds of the championship.
The 570S Sprint is aimed more toward customers looking for an all-out track day car, unrestricted by the rules and regulations of motorsport. However, those bitten by the racing bug can opt to upgrade their Sprints to the GT4 package.
Those parting with their hard-earned for the 570S GT4 will get a carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis, as per the road-going Sports Series models, along with an FIA-approved roll-cage and fire extinguisher system.
There are lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels wearing Pirelli slick racing tyres, adjustable dampers with coil-over springs and an on-board air-jack system.
Power comes from a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, matched with a seven-speed 'seamless-shift' transmission sending drive to the rear wheels.
McLaren has also created a new position within its ranks titled Motorsport Director, and employed Ansar Ali to fill it with the task of developing and maintaining the carmaker’s motorsport strategy.
“As with road-going models wearing a McLaren badge, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are about being an engaging and exciting drive,” McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, said.
“The launch of the Sports Series has broadened McLaren to a new audience, introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new group of customers. The 570S GT4 is doing the same in the motorsport world, and will bring the opportunity to own and race a McLaren – previously limited to a very small number of people – to a much wider group.”
The McLaren 570S GT4 will make its public debut at the Brands Hatch circuit in the UK on April 16.
Pricing starts at £159,900 (AU$300,000) in the UK, with pricing and specs for the 570S Sprint still to be finalised.
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