McLaren’s new 650S Sprint racecar will make its global competitive debut this weekend at the GT Cup race which will take place at Donington Park in the UK. If you don’t remember, the McLaren 650S Sprint was first unveiled last month at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance but this weekend will be the real test for the new vehicle.
Rob Bell will drive the 650S Sprint for Von Ryan Racing and the brand new car will contest three races during the weekend: one sprint race that includes a driver-change on Saturday, followed by two shorter events on Sunday.
Moreover, Rob Bell was also involved in the development of the 650S Sprint, which means that he is the best man to driver this vehicle since he knows everything about it.
The 650S Sprint is powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo M838T found on all the current McLaren models, fitted with a recalibrated transmission.
Moreover, 650S Sprint of the McLaren GT is a product of the evolution from the highly successful 12C GT Sprint and pushes the game of the 650S roadcar even further. According to Managing Director Andrew Kirkaldy, the 650S Sprint is a car that a driver can enjoy and fully exploit especially since the refinement and levels of engagement have both been optimized.
The development program of the 650S Sprint has been very extensive with thousands of kilometers accomplished on different tracks. The ultimate test however will remain to be an actual race that has a highly competitive grid, adds Kirkaldy. Kirkaldy reveals that the Von Ryan racing team has consistently proven to be world class in their time with GT racing.
Kirkaldy further says that Rob Bell, McLaren GT’s factory driver, is on board and has intricate knowledge of the car since he was also part of the development process of the 650S Sprint. Kirkaldy expects that it will indeed be a good weekend for racing.
With the revelation that the 650S Sprint has become eligible for the Middle East and North America championships, this further demonstrates the very exciting new chapter of the McLaren GT right now.
The 650S Sprint starts at a price of £198,000, and is available worldwide from official McLaren retailers or it can be purchased directly from McLaren GT. For those interested, visit the nearest retailer in your area or go to retailers.mclaren.com.