Ahead of its dynamic debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren reveals the track-only 570S Sprint.
When the Sports Series was launched last year it drew on more than 50 years of racing experience to deliver unparalleled dynamism to customers in the sports car sector. Now that dynamism has been directed back to the track with the launch of the 570S Sprint.
Developed alongside the 570S GT4 that’s currently racing successfully in the British GT Championship, the 570S Sprint is a track-only evolution of the 570S Coupé road car. ‘We’re seeing a rise in demand from customers who want to get on track, though not necessarily to go racing,’ explains McLaren Motorsport Director, Ansar Ali. ‘The 570S Sprint is the perfect car for someone who doesn’t have the time to devote to an entire season of competition, but still wants to experience the exhilaration of driving a McLaren racing car.’
Built around the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis from the 570S Coupé road car and 570S GT4, the Sprint is both light and immensely strong. Power comes from the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine fitted to the road car, but is optimised for on-track performance, and delivers its power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pirelli slick tyres wrap centre-lock wheels, while the coilover suspension can be adjusted to suit different tracks and drivers.
‘We’ve set up the 570S Sprint to feel just like the GT4 car, but with a focus on helping the less experienced driver,’ says McLaren Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin. ‘It has the same aerodynamic upgrades including an extended splitter and an enhanced aerodynamic package.’
Inside, a racing seat is cocooned by a roll cage, while driving modes can be switched between Wet, Sport and Track settings, each with different levels of electronic stability control assistance.
‘Exactly the same experience and know-how has gone into the 570S Sprint that we put into our race-winning 650S GT3 and the McLaren P1™ GTR,’ reveals Chris. ‘You could use it at track events and have an awful lot of fun, but it can also be made eligible for various championship series around the world, which opens up all sorts of possibilities.’
And if you really get bitten by the bug and feel you’re ready to take your track activities a step further? Return your car to McLaren to be upgraded to full GT4 spec and prepare for a whole new adventure.