McLaren is always committed in providing the motorsports community with a number of track variants from their short line up of cars. And the latest that the British supercar marquee is offering is another track version of the 650S known as the Sprint. Based on the 650S coupe, this racer will be making its global debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance happening this weekend, alongside the much anticipated P1 GTR.
Somehow sitting in between the road car and the GT3, the Sprint allows the car to “deliver a more engaging GT racing experience, without losing any of the refinement and balance found in the road car”. To give you a better idea, this is similar to what Lamborghini is doing to their Gallardo for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series.
The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine still retains the original output off 641bhp and 500 lb-ft of torque, with all the power sent to the rear tires via the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It now gets a revised Brake Steer system which can brake the inside rear wheel for better cornering, and not to forget a new race configuration for McLaren’sProActive Chassis Control system.
Aerodynamic wise, the Sprint gets a massive carbon fiber rear wing and has revised the car’s air intake to offer better cooling to the engine. The car now rides on a lower ride height, received recalibrated adaptive dampers, 19-inch center locking wheels wrapped with Pirelli slicks, an onboard air jacking system and improved brakes.
The inside has also been configured to undertake the track duties. The driver will position himself in a carbon fiber HANS-approved racing seat, complete with a full six-point harness. Surprisingly though, the 650S Sprint will still have an air conditioning system!
Interested in getting one? The McLaren 650S Sprint will come with a price tag of USD 332,000 (RM 1,060,192) and will be available from all official McLaren trailers worldwide, or direct from McLaren GT.