McLaren Reveals its Newest Track-Only Sports Car, The 570S Sprint
Buyers of track-only sports cars don't pick up a track car because they’ve always wanted to experience the supercar club. They buy one because they already have a stable full of road-going exotics that just aren’t hardcore enough, for instance—the nutty Ferrari FXX K and Aston Martin Vulcan. McLaren is one such company of late to leverage this track-crazed market, first with the track-only McLaren P1 GTR and now with this, the new 2017 McLaren 570S Sprint. It’s aggressive, it’s loud, it’s brutally fast, and like its P1 GTR big brother, you can’t drive it off the track. Unlike the P1 though, which cost a sizable three million bucks, the 570S Sprint is a bit of a track-only bargain. Just £148,000 (which translates to about $217,000). RELATED: Drake Just Bought this All-New 2016 McLaren 675LT
Sharing its aggressive bodywork and carbon fiber monocoque chassis with the rest of McLaren’s Sports Series, it would be easy to pass off the 570S Sprint as just a hotter looking 570S coupe. It’s not. The track car bolts on race-proven and functional features like a GT3-inspired radiator and front splitter, the floor assembly from its GT4 race car, plus a carbon fiber fixed rear wing and front dive planes, achieving the highest levels of downforce in the brand’s Sports Series.
Interestingly, McLaren says it’s not homologated to race in any events, instead it’s intended to be the ultimate tool for achieving driving enjoyment without compromising racing restrictions. That said, McLaren will sell “compliance” packages that can bring these track cars in line with current GT4 competition standards. For those actually wanting to go racing (and not track day driving), McLaren offers an out-of-the-box 570S GT4 race car as well.
Beneath the sports car’s racy lines lives a familiar powerplant—the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 from the 570S, mated to a seven-speed gearbox—however McLaren has yet to officially announce its power output. Given that the standard 570S summons 562 horsepower… one can imagine the ‘Sprint’ will tack on quite a few ponies more.
Center-locking magnesium wheels wrapped in Pirelli racing slick tires find a home at each corner of the car, while inside the stripped-out interior boasts an FIA approved roll cage, six-point harnessed racing seats, and a fire extinguisher system as standard. A motorsport air-jacking system for lightning fast tire changes is optional.
Need to see more of the heady 570S Sprint? The new McLaren makes its big debut this weekend at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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