McLaren unveils track-focused 650S Sprint
A track-only version of McLaren's 650S supercar has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance show in California this weekend.
Called the 650S Sprint, the new model is a stripped-out track car, which takes inspiration from the marque's recently launched GT3 race car. It will be showcased alongside models from McLaren's Special Operations division, including a bespoke P1 hypercar and 650S Spider.
Aimed specifically at wealthy track-day goers and amateur privateer racers, the Sprint offers a full-on race car experience for those who may find the hardcore bent of the GT3 car too much. It shares the road-going car's 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which sends 641bhp to the rear wheels through a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission, and keeps a number of creature comforts such as air conditioning, which would be strict no-nos in the full on competition model.
It also features a number of other revisions which "deliver a more engaging GT racing experience, without losing any of the refinement and balance found in the road car," according to its maker.
Amongst the changes over the road-going version, the 650S Sprint features extra downforce thanks to an aggressive aero kit, and improved engine cooling, a racing spec 'bag' fuel tank and an FIA-approved roll cage.
To impress your mates at the track, the 650S also comes with integrated air jacks for easy lifting of the car for tyre changes - so you can shave those all important milliseconds off your pit stops.
Interested in owning the ultimate track day toy? Your local McLaren dealer is taking orders now, provided you can meet the £198,000 asking price.