McLaren has announced it will debut the track-only 650S Sprint at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend, alongside three other global debuts including the McLaren P1 GTR.
Based on the production McLaren 650S Coupe, the stripped-out racer features developments to the Brake Steer system, more refined active aerodynamics and a race set-up for the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC).
McLaren says that these upgrades deliver “a more engaging GT racing experience, without losing any of the refinement and balance found in the road car.”
In fact, the 650S Sprint shares a number of design features with the 650S GT3 race car, including GT3-inspired bonnet integrating radiator exit ducts, front wings louvres to further optimize airflow over and around the bodywork, optimized cooling through the larger GT3-developed front radiator as well as a larger motorsport fuel “bag” tank with quick-fill connectors.
The car features the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo M838T V8 engine as the road car, but has a unique engine and transmission calibration that favors on-track drivability and driver engagement. Other changes include the lower ride height, 19-inch center-locking racing wheels fitted with Pirelli slick or wet tyres and a more powerful braking system.
The cabin of the McLaren 650S Sprint has been stripped out to minimize weight and features an FIA-approved rollcage, a lightweight carbon fiber HANS-approved racing seat with full six-point harness and an integrated fire extinguisher system.
Fortunately for those who will drive it on a hot day, the air conditioning system has been retained.
The 650S Sprint is showcased with a new livery that is an inverted color scheme of the 650S GT3 car shown at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Finished primarily in white, the design also features the new Tarocco Orange finish seen on the GT3, with subtle black and white detailing throughout.
The 650S Sprint is priced at £198,000 ($332,350), before taxes, and will be available from all official McLaren retailers worldwide.