McLaren’s entire lineup is capable of attacking the race track but its latest models are meant for only the track.
The new 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint were developed in conjunction with McLaren’s motorsports division and both will see action on race tracks around the world.
The 570S GT4 will meet full FIA specification for competition from the factory while the 570S Sprint is built without racing regulations in mind and is meant for customers who only want to use it for track days. More details on the 570S Sprint will be released in the coming weeks.
A new customer team, Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse, will run the 570S GT4 in the upcoming British GT championship, consisting of nine races, starting on April 16-17 at Brands Hatch, UK. The team will also campaign a 650S GT3.
The GT4 version of the car uses the same carbon fiber monocoque as the road going car, marking the first time this technology has been used in a GT4 race car. Other upgrades to make sure the GT4 is ready to race include a full FIA-approved roll cage, carbon fiber and aluminum body work, cast magnesium alloy wheels, adjustable motorsports dampers with coil-over springs and a new aerodynamics package with a large rear wing.
Power still comes from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a seven-speed transmission.
“The decision to run the car in a live race environment has been taken to ensure the data retrieved is as accurate and optimized as possible, and it will ensure that the cars eventually delivered to customers have been tested to the extremities of how they will be raced,” said Mike Flewitt, McLaren CEO. “This program will also provide key information and form the testbed for the 570S Sprint model which, as with the previous Sprint models, will not be subject to the rules and regulations of any specific race series.”
Moving ahead, the 570S GT4 will be homologated for all GT4 championships globally starting from the 2017 season. Customers interested in campaigning a 570S GT4 will have to spend £159,900 to get one.
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