McLaren 570S Coupe set to make dynamic debut at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 11, 2015

Fans get a treat from McLaren at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed as they get to witness the global debut of the McLaren 570S Coupé. Joining it are the rarely seen McLaren P1 GTR and 650S Le Mans, which are both in very limited production. This is the first time for McLaren to demonstrate models from three of its product tiers, namely: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series.

The McLaren House will go back to its location last year, beside the Goodwood House and overlooking the Hill course. It will honor this festival’s theme of the year “Flatout and Fearless” with its cars, McLaren memorabilia, and guest speakers. Earlier this year, the 570S Coupé was at the New York International Auto Show.

It then went on a very successful worldwide tour. But for this Festival weekend, it will take on the Goodwill Hill course. The lightweight 570S Coupé is powered by a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine that delivers 570PS (562bhp), making it the most powerful model in the newly launched Sports Series. It also marks the entry of McLaren genes and supercar performance to the sports car segment.

Deliveries are slated to start later this year. It will also be shown on the McLaren House’s stage. The 650S Le Mans -- codenamed ‘XP1’ – that will be seen at Goodwood is special as it is the experimental prototype of the special edition coupé-only model produced by McLaren Special Operations.

McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens helped to build this model in celebration of the 20th year of the legendary endurance race win. Just like the 50 production models that have since sold out, the XP1 has a bespoke Sarthe Grey finish, taking inspiration from the color of the race winner McLaren F1 GTR.

It also features contrasting McLaren Orange highlights. It has the same styling modifications as the 1995 racer, which includes a fully-integrated roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake, and wing louvres intended to lessen the pressure over the front wheels.

Meant for the track, the McLaren P1 GTR will be displayed together with the 650S Le Mans in the Supercar Paddock. It is set to make its debut in the UK at the Festival of Speed. During the weekend, the 1,000PS (986 bhp) model will be a part of the display. It participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans to be able to join the 20th anniversary commemoration of the McLaren F1 GTR win.

Fans will also surely be looking out for the McLaren 650S GT3, which was launched last year at the Festival of Speed. The 650S GT3 has already had global success during its debut season. It had racked up podium finishes in five championships at circuits throughout Europe and North America with the customer teams of McLaren GT.

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