If you’re the sort of person that thinks track-focused cars like the BMW M4 GTS and Porsche 911 GT3 RS are a bit lily-livered, worry not. Because now there is the aero-enhanced, slick-tyred McLaren 570S Sprint.
The whacking-great carbonfibre rear wing, front splitter and dive planes and honed underfloor add real downforce, while a high-temp radiator based on McLaren’s GT3 design aids cooling.
A full, FIA-approved rollcage adds stiffness to the carbon Monocell chassis and the lightweight, centre-locking magnesium wheels are wrapped in Pirelli slicks.
McLaren obviously feels confident those changes will make such a big difference that it hasn’t turned the wick up on the 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine. Still, 562bhp and 443lb/ft of torque is plenty by any standard.
And more than the 570S GT4 race car, which is pegged back by the Balance of Performance system. The 570S Sprint isn’t legal for any race series – or the road, for that matter – as it stands, but McLaren offers a GT4-spec conversion kit for any owners who want to make the step up from track days to racing without buying a new car.
Fortunately all the safety gear required by the FIA comes as standard, including a flat-back seat, six-point harness and plumbed-in fire extinguisher. An air jack system is optional as are a range of specially-designed liveries.
The 570S Sprint costs £148,000 from the factory, before local taxes and charges. Deliveries start in 2017.
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By Only Motors