Track-only model that bridges the gap between the road-going 570S and the FIA-spec 570S GT4

Unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the McLaren 570S is part of the company’s Sports Series, a new family of sports cars designed to help triple the brand’s sales volume by 2020. Powered by a detuned version of the 650S’ 3.8-liter V-8, the 570S is aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and, together with the 540C, is one of McLaren’s most affordable sports cars, retailing from under $200,000. Unlike the P1 and 650S, the 570S was developed to deliver day-to-day usability and driveability, as well as increased luggage space and greater interior storage. However, it retains most of the feats common in McLaren sports cars, including a carbon-fiber frame, a lightweight design, and a premium interior.

Like all McLaren road cars, the 570S was also designed to become a track car. The first such vehicle to arrive from the Sports Series was the 570S GT4, which already made its debut in the 2016 British GT championship as a development car before being sold to customers for the 2017 season. Alongisde the GT4, McLaren also created the 570S Sprint, a milder version of the race car that’s also dedicated to customers who spend their weekends at the track. Developed in conjunction with McLaren GT, the brand’s motorsports division, and GT racing specialists CRS GT Limited, the 570S Sprint will break cover at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and go on sale in 2017.

The 570S Sprint echoes previous models with the Sprint badge, which means that the new sports car is unrestricted by racing regulations, but still dedicated for track days. More importantly, it is upgradable to a full GT4 specification for those looking to take on FIA events around the world.

Updated 07/05/2016: McLaren dropped a new video from the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the 570S Sprint made its global dynamic debut. Hit "play" to watch the video.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 570S Sprint.

Exterior

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As expected, the Sprint shares much of its exterior with the GT4-spec car that McLaren is testing in the 2016 British GT Championship. The front section is almost identical to the GT4, sporting a large splitter, revised intakes under the nose, and a vented front hood. The only feature that sets it apart from the GT4 is the extra pair of winglets on the lower sides.

The front section is almost identical to the GT4, sporting a large splitter, revised intakes under the nose, and a vented front hood

Changes similar to the FIA-spec racer continue onto the side with more aerodynamic side skirts and fuel caps instead of the regular quarter windows. A set of centre-locking lightweight cast magnesium wheels shod with Pirelli racing slicks are fitted as standard.

Around back, the Sprint is again almost identical to the GT4, featuring an optimized diffuser, a modified engine hood, and a fixed wing. The latter sits taller compared to the GT4, giving the Sprint the highest level of downforce yet seen on any model in the Sports Series.

The car is finished in McLaren Orange as standard, but it can be optioned with any of the color palette available on the Sports Series, along with a unique range of liveries through MSO Defined. The presentation model, for instance, feature a white body with orange accents and black stripes.

Interior

McLaren has yet to release pictures of the Sprint’s interior, but did say that the sports car features an FIA-approved rollcage for further protection added to the lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis. An FIA-spec flat back driver seat is standard, while the passenger seat is optional. Both are fitted with six-point racing harnesses. A fire extinguisher system is also installed as standard, which means that the Sprint is almost a GT4 as far as racing and safety equipment goes. The cabin should also include an Alcantara-wrapped dashboard, and a much simpler center stack. Also look for a race-spec steering wheel, a revised instrument cluster, and added carbon-fiber components.

Drivetrain

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Not surprisingly, the Sprint gets its juice from McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8. The same engine motivates not only the road-legal 570S and the race-spec 570S GT4, but every other vehicle from McLaren’s current lineup, including the P1. The company had nothing to say about the Sprint’s output, but mentioned that "power and torque levels have been optimized to ensure the ultimate levels of driver engagement and the best levels of noise."

The 0-to-62 mph sprint could drop to around three seconds, while top speed could increase lightly to 205 mph.

In the standard 570S, the V-8 sends 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque to the wheels, enabling the coupe to hit 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph. The lighter curb weight, the better aerodynamics, and the tweaked seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox should bring improvements in the performance department. The 0-to-62 mph sprint could drop to around three seconds, while top speed could increase lightly to 205 mph.

Much like the GT4, the Sprint features a high-temperature radiator with enhanced exit ducts, a revised cooling system, and uses New Life 0W-40 engine oil specifically developed by Mobil 1. Unlike the GT4, which uses a race-spec suspension, the double wishbones and anti-roll bars in the front and rear are shared with the 570S Coupe. An optional motorsport air jacking system to aid wheel changes is also available.

Prices

Pricing for the 570S Sprint starts from £148,000 (about $218,000 as of June 2016), which accounts for a £4,750 (around $7,000) premium over the stock 570S. On the other hand, the Sprint is £11,900 (about $17,530) more affordable than the GT4. Like the GT4, the Sprint isn’t likely to be sold in the United States.

Competition

Porsche 911 GT3

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While the road-going 570S was conceived as a competitor for the Porsche 911 Turbo, the 570S Sprint will have what it takes to give the track-prepped 911 GT3 a run for its money. But only on the track, as the Sprint is restricted to the racing circuit, while the 911 GT3 is also road legal. The German sports car is powered by a naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter boxer engine rated at 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Although not as powerful as the turbocharged 570S, the GT3 is quite fast with a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph with the PDK transmission. The benchmark drops to 3.8 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission, but at least Porsche offers one now. Pricing starts from $143,600 in the United states.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 GT3 here.

Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia

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The 488 GTB Scuderia has yet to be launched, but it’s expected to arrive sometime in 2017 as a higher-performance version of the new 488 GTB. Basically a successor to the 458 Speciale, the 488 GTB Scuderia will use the standard model’s twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8, but with a rating higher than the usual 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. I expect the beefed-up V-8 to crank out around 700 horses and reduce the 0-to-60 mph sprint to around 2.8 seconds. Also, the 488 Scuderia could also be the first mid-engined Ferrari to get a rear-wheel steering system similar to that offered with the Porsche 911 GT3. The quickest of the bunch, the 488 GTB Scuderia, will also be the most expensive, with pricing likely to start somewhere between $300,000 and $320,000.

Learn more about the Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia here.

Conclusion

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Although McLaren’s current focus is on road cars due to the company’s new strategy to expand globally, the Brits haven’t forgotten their racing roots. With all of their current models having found their way from the road to the track, including the bonkers P1, now it’s the 570S’ turn to hit the racing circuits around the world. Due to its low curb weight and race-spec features inside and out, the 570S Sprint is arguably one of the best track toys you can buy nowadays. As upsetting as it may be to Porsche purists, the Sprint is significantly lighter and quicker than the 911 GT3. The only downside is that it can’t be driven on public roads, but for that McLaren offers the 570S. Those who spend their weekends renting Europe’s iconic race tracks get everything they need in the 570S Sprint. The fact that it can also be upgraded to FIA-approved GT4 specs makes it that much better.

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    • * Not legal for public roads
    • * Limited production run
    • * Likely not available in the U.S.

Updated History

Updated 06/22/2016: With just a few days before its official debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren dropped the official details and images on the new 570S Sprint.

Press Release

The recently-announced McLaren 570S Sprint will make both static and dynamic global debuts at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed as part of the largest presence by McLaren to date. The track-only model will thrill crowds on the famous Hill run and be on public display in the Supercar Paddock alongside the McLaren P1™ GTR, 650S Can-Am, 570S Coupé and the 675LT Coupé which only recently set the fastest ever time around the BBC Top Gear track. A second example of the 570S Sprint will be on private view for McLaren guests at its central location, adjacent to Goodwood House.

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The 570S Sprint is the most track-focused model in the McLaren Sports Series line-up. It has been conceived purely for owners to enjoy on the track and without the restrictions of any race series. Power and torque levels have been optimised to ensure the ultimate levels of driver engagement and the best levels of noise, too, as visitors to Goodwood will soon hear.

Below the skin, the 570S Sprint is built around the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis shared with all Sports Series models, and also features the familiar mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine and seven speed SSG transmission.

The 570S Sprint features enhanced cooling via a front centre GT3-inspired high temp radiator, along with a more aggressive front splitter and floor assembly as premiered on the 570S GT4. As standard, the 570S Sprint is filled with New Life™ 0W-40 engine oil, developed by McLaren Automotive technology partner Mobil 1.

Based on the aerodynamic ‘shrink-wrapped’ design of the 570S Coupé, the 570S Sprint features an air piercing front bumper which separates the airflow above, below and through the bodywork, while the intricate design of the ‘floating’ door tendons channel air into the side-mounted radiators. The elegant flying buttresses are also retained. An additional aerodynamic upgrade which includes a large carbon fibre fixed rear wing and front dive planes, brings the highest level of downforce yet seen on any model in the Sports Series.

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Centre-locking lightweight cast magnesium wheels shod with Pirelli racing slicks are fitted as standard, while the double wishbones and anti-roll bars front and rear are shared with the suspension system seen on the 570S Coupé. An optional motorsport air jacking system to aid wheel changes is also available.

Inside the stripped out, driver-focused cabin, an FIA-approved rollcage adds further protection to the lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis. The FIA-approved flat back driver, and optional passenger, seat are fitted with a six-point racing harness, and a fire extinguisher system is also installed as standard.

While the 570S Sprint is not homologated for any race series, a GT4 compliance pack is available as a further upgrade for the 570S Sprint. Having been developed in parallel to the 570S GT4 – currently completing its final testing phase in the live race environment of the British GT championship – the package includes all items required to meet the FIA standards for GT4 competition.

Finished in McLaren Orange as standard, the 570S Sprint can be optioned with any of the colour palette available on the Sports Series, along with a unique range of liveries through MSO Defined. Deliveries will commence in 2017 and pricing starts from £148,000 ex. works (local market pricing applies).

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