The Sprint gets a sharpened ‘Brake Steer’ system, improved aerodynamics and a race set-up for the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC), while sharing some of the GT3’s racing goodies.
McLaren says despite the track-focused modifications which provide a “more engaging GT racing experience, the Sprint hasn’t lost the “refinement and balance found in the road car”.
The 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 from the road-going 650S is unchanged - producing 478kW of power and 678Nm of torque – but McLaren has altered the calibration between engine and transmission for the Sprint.
The ‘regular’ 650S will hit 100km/h from rest in 3.0 seconds on its way to 200km/h in just 8.4 seconds. McLaren is yet to reveal if all its tweaks result in faster acceleration times for the Sprint.
Inside, the Sprint is a ‘stripped-out’ affair with an FIA-approved roll-cage, HANS-approved racing seat with six-point harness and no doubt driver-approved air conditioning system.
Shared with the GT3 are a motorsport fuel ‘bag’ in place of a tank, a larger front radiator and front wing louvres along with an on-board air jacking system.
The Sprint gets a lower ride-height, upgraded brakes and 19-inch centre-locked wheels wearing Pirelli slick or wet weather rubber.
The 2015 McLaren 650S Sprint is priced from £198,000 (AU$359,100) for UK customers, and will be joined by the new P1 GTR at Pebble Beach.
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