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McLaren takes the Sport Series racing with 570S GT4

by • March 15, 2016 • No Comments

Formula One can yet be top of the world motorsport tree, but GT racing is swift emerging as a battleground for amazing winged Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens and Audis. The latest supercar to be shod in slicks and fitted with a full aerodynamics kit is the McLaren 570S, that has made the jump of baby supercar to full on GT4 racer.

  • The 570S GT4 is fitted with a bespoke aerodynamics kit
  • Power comes of the same 3.8-liter V8 as the road car
  • Two-way adaptable dampers are part of the package, as is an air-jack system for pit crews
  • The 570S is all of opening up GT racing to teams that otherwise wouldn't ave been ...

Just like the road car it is based on, the GT4 is made around McLaren’s carbon fiber MonoCell chassis. Coupled with an FIA-approved rollcage, the 570S GT4 should sit the driver in a safe, stiff environment.

Carbon fiber has in addition been utilized for the new bodywork, which include a high-level rear wing, a larger front splitter and a redesigned floor assembly. Working with two-way adaptable dampers and coil-over springs, the car’s handling setup has been tweaked for the rigors of international motorsport.

But the handling and aerodynamic packages have been heavily revised in the transition of road to racetrack, the turbocharged M838TE 3.8-liter V8 engine has been carried over without too most changes. There’s a new high-temperature radiator mounted at the front of the car to handle the extra heat made in the, erm, heat of battle.

In its road-going iteration the motor makes 419 kW (562 hp), but McLaren hasn’t released details of the output of the engine in race trim. Power is transmitted to the center locking magnesium alloy wheels through the same seven-speed gearbox utilized in the road car.

The similarities with McLaren’s swift of supercars isn’t by chance, according to the brand’s CEO, Mike Flewitt. “The commence of the Sports Series has broadened the McLaren brand to a new audience, introducing technologies to the sports car market and to a new group of customers,” he said. “The introduction of the 570S GT4 is doing the same in the motorsport world, and can bring the opportunity to own and race a McLaren – previously limited to a quite tiny number of folks – to a much wider group.”

So, how much can a non-works supported car cost you? Well, racing isn’t bargain-priced – a thing reinforced by the car’s €159,900 ($177,280US) price tag. Those desperate to see the car in action can get their initially fix at Brands Hatch in April, where it can be driven by Rob Bell and Alasdair McCaig for team Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse.

And if all of this sounds excellent but you only want the car for private trackdays, McLaren can be releasing a Sprint design of the car for private use in the coming weeks.

Source: McLaren

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