Two new track-only variants of the McLaren 570S have been unveiled, expanding the Woking-based company’s ‘entry-level’ Sports Series performance range to five models.
Based on the already brisk 420kW/600Nm McLaren 570S road car, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint are intended to provide a more affordable, more accessible way into McLaren GT-level racing, sitting below the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour-winning McLaren 650S GT3.
Jointly developed by McLaren GT – the UK brand’s motorsport division – and British GT racing outfitters CRS GT Limited, the 570S GT4 will be a race-ready competition-specification car available to buyers, once it completes a development season in the nine-round British GT championship.
The 570S Sprint, on the other hand, is a dedicated track-day racer, unrestricted by racing regulations. McLaren says the model is, however, “upgradable” to full GT4 specification.
Both the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint share the carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis used to underpin their road-legal counterpart, and the same applies for the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre M838TE V8 engine, seven-speed seamless shift gearbox (SSG), and rear-wheel-drive layout.
Being a full-tilt race car, the GT4 is equipped with aluminium and carbon-fibre body panels, a unique aerodynamic package that includes a larger front splitter, an adjustable GT4-spec rear wing, and a revised floor assembly, as well as two-way adjustable dampers with coil-over springs, and an extra front/centre-mounted high-temperature radiator.
It also features an FIA-approved roll cage and fire extinguisher system, an on-board air jacking system, and, thanks to 18-inch centre-locking OZ cast magnesium alloy wheels and 245mm-wide Pirelli slicks up front and 305mm-wide slicks out back, a wider track than the standard 570S.
McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said that while owning and racing a McLaren has previously been limited to “a very small number of people”, the new 570S GT4 brings this opportunity to a much wider group.
“The launch of the Sports Series has broadened the McLaren brand to a new audience, introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new group of customers,” Flewitt said.
“The introduction of the 570S GT4 is doing the same in the motorsport world.
“The decision to run the car in a live race environment has been taken to ensure the data retrieved is as accurate and optimised 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.”
Eligible to compete in all global GT4-homologated championships from 2017, the McLaren 570S GT4 – priced from £159,900 ($303,400) – is set to make its public development debut on April 16, at round one of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch. Pricing for the 570S Sprint is yet to be announced.
Sitting beneath the Ultimate Series’ McLaren P1 and P1 GTR, Super Series’ 650S, 650S Spider, 625C, 675LT and 675LT Spider, the Sports Series currently comprises the 540C, 570S, and the recently revealed 570GT – with a 570S Spider already confirmed for 2017.