McLaren At The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Only about an hour drive from the McLaren Technology center in Woking, the Goodwood Estate is pretty much right in McLaren’s backyard. So, as a demonstration of British automotive pride and to show its appreciation for fans of the company, McLaren brought several cars from its past, present and future to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s all brought together in this brief but excellent video from McLaren.
The event was also the first time we got see the new 2016 McLaren 570S turn a wheel under its own power, with McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson Button and McLaren test driver Chris Goodwin taking it up the famous hill climb on separate runs. A 2016 McLaren P1 GTR track-only hypercar, special edition 2015 McLaren 650S Le Mans (which was actually an XP1 preproduction prototype) and 2015 McLaren 650S GT3 race car also made runs up the hill. In addition, McLaren brought out a 2015 McLaren 650S, 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ and a few other cars for attendees to drool over.
As a refresher, the 570S is McLaren’s new entry-level supercar, if $185,000 can be considered entry-level. Like all other current McLarens it gets a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8, which in this car sends 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Positioned against the Porsche 911 Turbo, it does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 204 mph. Also present was the 2016 McLaren 540C, in McLaren’s Sports Series, which is expected to expand to as many as five cars soon.