McLaren getting ready 650S extreme track-bound versions


McLaren 650S

McLaren is not a company utilised to standing nevertheless. It has 182 grand prix victories under its belt, a dozen Formula One titles and some of the most lust-worthy supercars ever created. So we could hardly blame any individual (ourselves incorporated) for impatiently anticipating what the group at Woking has coming up coming. Of program, McLaren itself is eager to preserve its customers centered on the significant offerings it presently has on hand, but speaking to a handful of important McLaren personalities has offered us some clues.

The task known internally as P13 is focusing on a rival to the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8. P14 is even now a mystery that no 1 at Woking is ready to speak about at this stage. And P15 is set to slot in amongst the 650S and P1 once the latter completes its 375-unit manufacturing run. But let’;s not get as well caught up with upcoming goods ahead of we’;re done with the newest 650S.

As our own Matt Davis will be bringing you shortly in our First Drive report, McLaren has been demonstrating the new 650S to journalists as a prodigious track weapon at the Ascari Race Resort in Spain. But ahead of all is mentioned and completed, there will be even more track-targeted versions of the 650S to follow.



McLaren 650S overhead image

Speaking one particular-on-one particular with Autoblog, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed that the new 650S is destined for the racetrack, and in numerous guises at that. Initial up will be the 650S GT Sprint, which could really effectively get a distinct identify ahead of it hits the circuit. This track-bound edition of the 650S will comply with in the footsteps of the 12C GT Sprint, a circuit toy of which McLaren has offered about 25 examples to date. Created by McLaren’;s GT racing department, the 12C GT Sprint characteristics up to date aerodynamics, suspension and security gear, along with a set of Pirelli racing slicks to much better suit it for roadcourse use. We would expect the 650S GT Sprint (or whatever it really is ultimately named) to carry above most (if not all) of the same characteristics, plus the upgrades which McLaren Automotive applied to the 12C to transform it into the 650S – including the revised front finish and upgraded engine. Flewitt tells us to anticipate the new Sprint track auto to launch later on this yr.

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt tells us to expect the 650S GT Sprint track car to launch later on this year.


It won’;t be until finally following season, nonetheless, that McLaren GT will hit the racing circuit with its new 650S GT3. Given that the existing 12C GT3 shares small with the street-going 12C, the 650S GT3 will likely be based mostly more closely on the existing racing machine than on the new 650S, but it will at least get the latter’;s revised front end to make it look much more like the rest of the McLaren lineup. Tight regulations will likely suggest that its output will very likely be the exact same when it tackles the 2015 seasons of this kind of championships as the Pirelli Globe Challenge, the Blancpain Endurance Series and the European Le Mans Series at the hands of buyer racing teams. While Flewitt had to admit that the notion of tackling Le Mans again is tempting – as McLaren did to this kind of excellent impact with the F1 GTR in the 1990s – no this kind of prospect is currently in the cards. That can make sense, notably considering that McLaren presently has its hands complete in F1.

What is not instantly clear is the future of the 12C Can-Am edition. Witnessed a single way, the 12C Can-Am is a mid-stage in between the 12C GT Sprint and the race-spec 12C GT3, but with no rules to make it both street-legal or comply to any sporting series’; framework, the Can-Am edition is truly more intense than either. Flewitt tells us that the GT division has sold about 8 of them, but when inquired on a future Can-Am edition of the 650S, we had been informed that largely depended “on the future of 12C manufacturing.” The present plan is for the 12C to carry on to be offered in particular markets – notably ones (like Singapore, for example) with a taste for exotic machinery but a large tax rate on imported vehicles.

The 650S is presently lighter, a lot more effective and much less high-priced than the Ferrari 458 Speciale.


As for reviews that McLaren is planning a far more excessive road-going model of the 650S, we’;re told that remains a possibility, but is as-yet unconfirmed. The 650S is, after all, presently lighter, more effective and less pricey than the Ferrari 458 Speciale, for instance. Of course, offered the will and the indicates, consumers can order just about anything at all they want from McLaren Special Operations – even some thing as extreme as the X-one Notion. But thinking about that the same engine that empowers the 650S with 641 horsepower has established capable of making 727 hp in the P1 (908 hp with the hybrid boost), the probability is definitely there to tune the 650S to an even higher extremes.

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