McLaren Automotive to launch track-focused 570S GT4 and the 570S Sprint models

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 17, 2016

McLaren Automotive is introducing two new track-dedicated models of the Sports Series -- the 570S GT4 and the 570S Sprint. Interestingly, owners of the 570S Sprint could have their track racer upgraded to GT4 specifications. The McLaren 570S GT4 is underpinned by the carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis architecture that also underpins other Sports Series models.

This will mark the first time for this technology to be adapted for the GT4 category, where race-derived material could prove very advantageous because of its strength and light weight nature. Moreover, the McLaren 570S GT4 comes with an FIA-approved rollcage and fire extinguisher system, thereby helping ensure that the driver is protected from harm.

The track car’s re-profiled bodywork – makes use of carbon fiber and aluminum – that is formed over wider track on both front and rear, thereby provides room for the center-locking lightweight cast magnesium alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli racing tires. The front and rear axles of the McLaren 570S GT4 feature two-way adjustable motorsport dampers with coil-over springs. An on-board air jacking system is fitted as standard on the McLaren 570S GT4.

Since the McLaren 570S GT4 is focused on achieving fast lap times, it comes with an aerodynamic package that includes a GT4-specification high level rear wing mounted on aluminum pylons, a re-profiled floor assembly and a larger front splitter. The vehicle’s GT3-inspired bonnet features radiator exit ducts for cooling down an extra front center high temperature radiator.

All of these have been designed to optimize the track vehicle’s aerodynamic performance and cooling, thereby ensuring it could deliver a considerable performance even in the severest race conditions around the world. Powering the McLaren 570S GT4 is the 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine featured on road-going Sports Series model. Transmitting power from the engine to the rear wheels is a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox also found in other models in the range.

McLaren developed the 570S GT4 along with McLaren GT and CRS GT Limited and has now placed the vehicle under a season-long development program in the British GT championship. McLaren GT and CRS GT Limited will be collaborating with customer team Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse, who plans to use an example of the 570S GT4 in its campaign for the upcoming full nine-round race calendar – thereby subjecting the vehicle to a rigorous testing schedule in live race environments, like the Spa-Francorchamps.

Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse plans to enter one example of the 570S GT4 alongside the 650S GT3 piloted by Factory Driver Rob Bell and Alaisdair McCaig. Its public development debut will be at the opening round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch, United Kingdom on April 16-17, 2016. The McLaren 570S GT4 should be eligible for all GT4 homologated championships around the world starting from the 2017 season.

It will have a starting price of £159,900 (excluding works). Meanwhile, the 570S Sprint will be dedicated for private track days, which means it is not limited by any racing regulation. Mike Flewitt, chief executive of McLaren Automotive, remarked that just like all of the carmaker’s road-going models, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are able to provide an engaging and exciting drive. He noted that the introduction of the Sports Series has allowed McLaren to cater to a new audience while introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new set of customers.

He quipped that the 570S GT4 will provide a wider part of the public with an opportunity to own and race a McLaren, which had been restricted to a small number of people. On the other hand, McLaren Automotive has confirmed the hiring of Ansar Ali as Motorsport Director, a newly created position that should highlight the carmaker’s renewed focus on motorsport. Ali will be in charge of on-going strategy and management of the carmaker’s motorsport activities.

Flewitt welcomed Ali to McLaren Automotive, adding that his role as Motorsport Director will be key to the carmaker’s long-term plans. Meanwhile, Ali said he is proud and honored to be joining McLaren Automotive. He noted that McLaren’s track activities have played a key role in making the carmaker globally recognized. He remarked that the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are an important initial step in shaping McLaren’s motorsport strategy.

Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director at CRS GT Limited, remarked that 570S GT4 signifies an important development of McLaren as a player in the motorsport world as it provides drivers with an opportunity to race on a higher skill level. He noted that 650S GT3 is focused on drivability, which allows drivers to easily access and exploit its performance capabilities. He added that these attributes will be taken by new 570S GT4 to a new level, thereby making drivers more confident to see the full extent of this car’s capabilities.

Press Release

THE McLAREN SPORTS SERIES EXPANDS TRACK APPEAL WITH 570S GT4 AND 570S SPRINT

McLaren Automotive has announced two new track-dedicated models of the recently-launched Sports Series: the 570S GT4 and the 570S Sprint. Developed in conjunction with McLaren GT – the motorsport division of McLaren Automotive – and GT racing specialists, CRS GT Limited, the 570S GT4 will now enter an intensive season-long development programme in the British GT championship.

McLaren GT and CRS GT Limited will work with recently confirmed customer team Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse, with the 570S GT4 competing in the full nine round calendar, including the famous Spa-Francorchamps. The programme will be a rigorous testing schedule in live race environments. The 570S Sprint, which will be revealed in the coming weeks, will be dedicated for private trackdays and is therefore unrestricted by racing regulations. However, 570S Sprint owners will be able to upgrade to GT4 specification.

McLaren Automotive has also confirmed the appointment of Ansar Ali to the role of Motorsport Director. The newly-created role highlights a new focus on motorsport by McLaren Automotive where Ali will be responsible for on-going strategy and management of motorsport activities.

Commenting on the latest additions to the Sports Series, Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive explained: ‘As with road-going models wearing a McLaren badge, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are about being an engaging and exciting drive. The launch of the Sports Series has broadened McLaren to a new audience, introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new group of customers. The 570S GT4 is doing the same in the motorsport world, and will bring the opportunity to own and race a McLaren – previously limited to a very small number of people – to a much wider group.

He added: ’I am extremely pleased to welcome Ansar to McLaren Automotive in such a key role. Motorsport is part of the lifeblood of McLaren, and this role will be key to our long-term plans.’

Ansar Ali, Motorsport Director, McLaren Automotive added: ‘I am extremely proud and honoured to be joining McLaren Automotive at such a pivotal time. Activities on track have played such a significant part in the history of making McLaren globally recognised. The opportunity to play a major part in shaping its future motorsport strategy is extremely exciting, and the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are an important initial step.’

Commenting on the programme, Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director, CRS GT Limited added: ‘The 570S GT4 marks a key development of McLaren as a player in the motorsport world, opening the opportunity to race to a much broader skill level of driver. The 650S GT3, which raced very successfully for the first time last year, is focused on drivability and made its performance envelope easier to access and exploit. Its race results speak for themselves. The 570S GT4 model will take this to the next level providing drivers with the confidence and feedback to push and exploit the boundaries of what the car can do.’

THE McLAREN 570S GT4

The track-only 570S GT4 shares the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis architecture with the other models in the Sports Series. This marks the first time the technology has been made available in the GT4 category, and the race-derived material is of clear benefit with inherent strength and light weight. Driver protection is further enhanced with the addition of an FIA-approved rollcage and fire extinguisher system. Carbon fibre and aluminium are used for the reprofiled bodywork, which is formed over wider track both front and rear to accommodate centre-locking lightweight cast magnesium alloy wheels shod with slick Pirelli racing tyres. Two-way adjustable motorsport dampers with coil-over springs are fitted front and rear, and an on-board air jacking system is fitted as standard.

With a pure focus on laptimes, the 570S GT4 features a unique aerodynamic package which includes a GT4-specification high level rear wing, mounted on aluminium pylons, a larger front splitter and reprofiled floor assembly. An additional front centre high temperature radiator sits below a GT3-inspired bonnet with radiator exit ducts. These upgrades have been designed to optimise the aerodynamic performance and cooling of the 570S GT4 to ensure it is able to perform in the harshest race conditions globally.

The McLaren designed and developed 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 M838TE engine is carried over from the road-going Sports Series model. The seven-speed seamless shift gearbox is also familiar to the other models in the range, transferring power to the track via the rear wheels.

Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse will run one example of the 570S GT4 alongside the confirmed entry of the 650S GT3 with Factory Driver Rob Bell alongside Alaisdair McCaig. Driver details for the season will be announced shortly.

The 570S GT4 will make its public development debut at the opening round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch, UK over the weekend 16-17 April. Going forward, it will be eligible for all GT4 homologated championships globally from the 2017 season, and is priced from £159,900 (ex works).

Further details for the 570S Sprint, including pricing, will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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