Famous sportscar maker McLaren is close to launching the track-only variant of its new McLaren 650S coupé. The new car will be named as the 650S Sprint and will soon make its public debut at the Pebble Beach. The 650S Sprint will be showcased alongside the P1 GTR and MSO-tuned editions of both 650S Spider and P1.
The McLaren 650S Sprint boasts of many updates, which the manufacturer insists enable the 650S to “deliver a more engaging GT racing experience, without losing any of the refinement and balance found in the road car”. The biggest of these change lie in the car’s engine and transmission, which are being said to have become a bit more responsive and exciting.
Under the hood of the upcoming car is the regular 650S’ twin-turbo’ed 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine, which churns out a healthy 641bhp of max power and 69 kgm of peak torque. The seven speed dual clutch gearbox sends power to the rear wheels. The upcoming model also receives a new Brake Steer system and a new race-configuration for the ProActive Chassis Control system. Other updates for the 650S Sprint consist of new active aerodynamics package, lowered ride height, updated dampers and new 19-inch wheels that can be ordered with either Pirelli slick or wet tyres. On the inside, the 650S gets a FIA-certified roll-cage, a fire extinguisher and a new lightweight carbon fibre sports seat that has a six-point harness. The car also features an air conditioner.
The 650S Sprint is said to have borrowed some features from the 650S GT3 race-spec model, which was first seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year. These features include the race-spec fuel tank, revised radiator and new front wing louvres.
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