When McLaren dropped cover on its entry-level 570S coupe at this year’s New York Auto Show, the Woking-based automaker framed the vehicle as the most accessible and usable model to date, with an $185,000 asking price and a comfortable demeanor suitable for daily use. Now it appears as though McLaren will consider a race-only version of the 570S for GT4 homologation, often seen as the more relaxed alternative to cutthroat GT3 competition.

Speaking to the UK publication AutoCar, an unnamed senior source at McLaren said, “We are looking at it and working out where it fits in our race strategy from F1 downwards. We would need to be confident of being able to do it at a price that made sense both to us and our customers."

McLaren may also make a return to Le Mans, although it’s unlikely to do so any time in the near future. The hesitation stems from the high expectations set forth by the F1 GTR, which took victory in the famous 24-hour race in 1995 in its very first attempt: "[…] if McLaren does go back to Le Mans, it could only be in the right way and with the right car," said the anonymous source.

Continue reading to learn more about the GT4 version of the McLaren 570S.

Why it matters

At first glance, this move might appear to be a bit of an odd one. After all, the 570S is the least-powerful road-going McLaren yet, which begs the question of why a race version would be necessary. 

The answer lies in the demands of “pay drivers.” These are folks who want to get a taste of the race driver lifestyle, but don’t have the wherewithal to make it as a paid hot shoe. Therefore, these individuals plunk down oodles of money for the chance to take the helm of a thoroughbred race car, like a GT4-spec 570S, on tracks around the world, going wheel-to-wheel against pilots of similar means. 

And while talk of seeing a McLaren back at Le Mans is exciting, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Such ventures are usually best made to cement a brand’s performance credibility, something the P1 has handily done for McLaren for years to come. For the time being, I wouldn’t be surprised if McLaren was content to focus on meeting the needs of its customers rather than those of a factory endurance team. 

But never say never. Seeing McLaren once again duking it out with Porsche and Ferrari would be great for fans, so maybe if we ask them real nice like?

McLaren 570S

2016 McLaren 570S Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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As a competitor for the Audi R8 V10 and Porsche 911 Turbo S, the 570S comes with all the details to make it livable in the real world, including leather upholstery, a TFT digital instrument display, seven-inch IRIS touchscreen, Bluetooth, increased storage space, and decent fuel economy. And while it may sit at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of McLaren’s performance hierarchy, it’s by no means a slouch. Motive power comes from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 mounted in the middle, which lays down 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to catapult the 2,895-pound 570S to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and bless it with a top speed over 200 mph.

Read our full review here.

Source: AutoCar

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