The McLaren 650S Sprint – a hardcore, track-only version of the McLaren 650S Coupe – has been revealed ahead of a debut at Pebble Beach 2014.
The arrival of the McLaren 650S in February (and the end of the 12C, unless it’s being replaced by the McLaren 625C) meant, in all probability, that the various hardcore versions of the 12C would be replicated for the 650S.
We’ve already has the new McLaren 650S GT3 at Goodwood this year, and now we get the car that fills the gap between the 650S and GT3 version for McLaren owners to take to the track – the McLaren 650S Sprint.
The 650S Sprint – which we assume replaces the 12C Sprint – keeps the 650S’s 641bhp V8 but adds a hefty dose of track specific updates to make the Sprint more focused and with sharper responses.
There’s a revised Brake Steer system which brakes the inside rear wheel for better cornering and a new ‘Race’ setup for the ProActive Chassis Control as well as tweaked active aerodynamics, recalibrated dampers, a lower ride height, centr-locking wheels with slicks and improved braking.
Inside, the Sprint is stripped down – although it retains AirCon for a modicum of on-track comfort – with a new carbon fibre racing seat, six-point harness, FIA-approved rollover cage, fire extinguisher and a few bits from the GT3 like bigger fuel tank and upgraded radiator.