McLaren says downforce will be 50-percent greater than that of the 650S

Set to break cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation McLaren Super Series will replace the familiar 650S and its derivatives in the company’s lineup. The British firm has already unveiled a few juicy bits, which we’ve discussed in our review here, but a new announcement reveals more information about the upcoming sports car.

The first thing McLaren wants us to know is that the second-gen Super Series – reportedly built around a core model named the 720S – will be twice as aerodynamically efficient as the 650S, mainly thanks to increased downforce and improved cooling. McLaren executive director Mark Vinnels commented that a "range of advanced aerodynamic technologies" will contribute to maximum generated downforce over 50 percent greater than that of the McLaren 650S. He also said that the design team obtained a 15-percent gain in cooling efficiency thanks to the a new design of the dihedral door.

The familiar design element will now have two separate air ducts integrated within the door structure. One will force air from the top of the door down into the radiators that cool the engine, while the other will draw air out of the front wheel arch to create increased downforce.

McLaren also revealed that the new Super Series will have a completely redesigned rear wing. The active element will extend over the full width of the rear section and move upwards and increase in angle in order to optimize aero efficiency at high speeds. The wing is also designed to deploy to its most extreme angle as an airbrake in less than half a second.

The British firm also release a teaser photo showing part of the car’s taillights, rear grille, wing, and engine hood. The wing appears to be larger than the previous model, while the taillights are significantly thinner. The engine hood incorporates large elements made from exposed carbon-fiber, which isn’t surprising given that McLaren uses the lightweight material extensively in its cars.

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Why It Matters

Watch Out Ferrari! The New McLaren Super Series Will Generate Outstanding Downforce
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The second-generation Super Series is slowly unfolding ahead of its public debut, essentially confirming that it will be sportier, more aerodynamic, and more aggressive than the outgoing model. This is by no means surprising, but a 50-percent greater downforce speaks volumes of the intensive effort McLaren put into redesigning the Super Series. The 650S is already a tremendous sports car and this can only mean that the upcoming 720S will raise the bar even higher. The Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracán are about to get a serious punch to the chin.

McLaren 650S and McLaren 675LT - drivetrain specifications

McLaren 650S McLaren 675LT
Engine 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo
Power 641 HP @ 7,250 RPM 666 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 500 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 5,500-6,500 RPM
Transmission Seven-Speed Dual Clutch Seven-Speed SSG
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.0 seconds 2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 8.4 seconds 7.9 seconds
Top Speed 207 mph 205 mph
Weight 3,148 Lbs 2,927 Lbs
Weight distribution (Front/Rear) 42.5%/57.5% 42.5%/57.5%
2018 McLaren 720S Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full review on the second generation McLaren Super Series here.

Read our full review on the McLaren 650S here.

Read our full review on the McLaren 675LT here.

Press Release

A sculpted, technical yet beautiful body shape and advanced aerodynamic technologies combine to provide the foundation for the enhanced aerodynamic performance of the second-generation McLaren Super Series.

The new McLaren supercar, which will be unveiled on March 7 at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, is twice as aerodynamically efficient as the McLaren 650S, with increased downforce and improved cooling among the engineering imperatives for the new generation.

Watch Out Ferrari! The New McLaren Super Series Will Generate Outstanding Downforce
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“The second-generation McLaren Super Series will be as aerodynamically impressive as it is visually beautiful,” commented Mark Vinnels, Executive Director - Product Development, McLaren Automotive. “A range of advanced aerodynamic technologies contributes to maximum generated downforce over 50% greater than that of the McLaren 650S and ensures truly outstanding levels of grip and stability. We have also markedly improved cooling efficiency, with a 15% gain overall and a particular focus on airflow to the engine’s high temperature radiators through a unique new design of dihedral door.”

An active wing that extends over the full rear width of the second-generation McLaren Super Series moves upwards and increases in angle to optimise aerodynamic efficiency and also deploys to its most extreme angle as an airbrake in less than half a second, optimising balance when braking from speed.

The new dihedral door design of the second-generation Super Series showcases McLaren’s innovation and engineering expertise. Two separate air ducts are integrated within the door structure; one forces air from the top of the door down into the High Temperature Radiators that cool the engine, while the other draws air out of the front wheel arch to create increased downforce. This further enhances the diffuser technology first seen in the McLaren P1TM.

Full details of the second-generation Super Series will be confirmed in March, when further images and pricing will also be available.

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