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McLaren GT has unveiled their latest model at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this year, with the wraps set to come off the track-only 650S Sprint. The stripped-out racer will make its global debut alongside a number of other models from McLaren Automotive, and completes the brand's display with four global debuts planned for the Californian event, including the McLaren P1 GTR.
Based on the recently launched 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.
As with the 650S, the aerodynamically optimized design of the 650S Sprint offers increased levels of 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 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.
McLaren 650S Sprint Race Car: Review (2/2)