McLaren GT today announced that it will unveil the
650S GT3's little brother, the track-only
650S Sprint, at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Based on the new McLaren 650S Coupe, the track-focused 650S Sprint is fitted with developments to the Brake Steer system, even more refined active aerodynamics and a race set-up for the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC). These upgrades deliver a more engaging GT racing experience, without losing any of the refinement and balance found in the road car.
The 650S Sprint has been aerodynamically optimized to increase downforce, and the revised air intakes carried across from the road car allow for optimized cooling of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo M838T engine. In the 650S Sprint, the proven powerplant is retained from the 650S roadcar, with a unique engine and transmission calibration to further enhance on-track drivability and driver engagement.
The first example of the 650S Sprint is shown with a new striking livery, in an inverted color scheme of the 650S GT3 car shown at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Finished primarily in white, the design also features the new Tarocco Orange finish seen on the GT3, with subtle black and white detailing throughout.
The stripped-out racer will make its global debut alongside the McLaren P1 GTR..
Inside: Proper Race Car
The cabin is fully track-focused and stripped out to minimize weight, but with no compromise to driver safety or comfort. Built around the lightweight and inherently strong carbon fiber MonoCell chassis, the interior also features an FIA-approved rollcage to further cocoon the driver. A lightweight carbon fiber HANS-approved racing seat, with full six-point harness, offers an optimized driving position, while an air-conditioning system is retained adding comfort. An integrated fire extinguisher system is also installed.
650S GT3's Little Brother
McLaren GT recently announced the 650S GT3 race car, which will be seen on the grid from next season, and the 650S Sprint shares a number of design features with its bigger brother. A larger motorsport fuel 'bag' tank with quick-fill connectors is added, as is optimized cooling through the larger GT3-developed front radiator with a GT3-inspired bonnet integrating radiator exit ducts, and the addition of front wings louvres to further optimize airflow over, and around, the bodywork.
The 650S Sprint has a lower ride height with recalibrated adaptive damping for revised spring rates, and sits on 19-inch center-locking racing wheels, fitted with Pirelli slick or wet tires, while an onboard air jacking system enables quick tire changes. Stopping power is also enhanced and provided by a race-prepared braking system developed for the 650S Sprint. This system combines with the road car's highly effective Brake Steer system and enhanced active aerodynamics to offer superior braking performance. This allows for later braking into corners, but also improved brake feel and greater cornering speeds.
A range of further options and upgrades are available including a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) developed aerodynamic package including carbon fiber rear wing and front splitter, a passenger seat with six-point harness, and further lightweight components including a polycarbonate windscreen.
TThe 650S Sprint will be half the price of a 650S GT3 at 198,000 GBP plus taxes, and available from all official McLaren retailers worldwide or direct from McLaren GT.