McLaren's Track Pack opens the door for more zippy 570S trackday fun
The McLaren 570S has carved a niche with its impressive blend of everyday comfort and outright performance, but some people aren't searching for balance in their supercars as much as speed. To appease demanding customers who want a more focused package but can't stretch to a 675LT, the boffins at McLaren now offer an uncompromising Track Pack for the 570S.
Although it doesn't go quite as far as the 675 LT in its search for track-day performance, the Track Pack draws inspiration from its more expensive, track-only cousins, with a focus on shedding weight and increasing downforce. That starts on the outside, where the subtle rear wing from the standard car has been extended to cut lift on the rear axle. Although it's only 12 mm (0.47 in) higher than before, McLaren says the new unit creates 29 kg (64 lb) more downforce at 241 km/h (150 mph).
A set of lightweight bucket seats replaces the heavy, electric units from the regular car, and the leather trim has been swapped out for the suede-like Alcantara material. Beyond saving a few pounds, the new buckets should also better hold drivers in place when they're really going for it. Given the car will hit 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 9.4 seconds, and will keep pulling all the way to 328 km/h (204 mph), a nice tight grip and secure seat are probably good things.
Along with the lightweight carbon buckets, a new set of lightweight wheels helps to shed 25 kg (55 lb) from the regular car, cutting its curb weight to 1288 kg (2840 lb).
Like the 675 LT and P1 LM, the new 570S Track Pack will comes with a set of telemetry tools, designed to make it easier for amateurs to analyze their sessions and improve. Failing that, the data-logging software and its lap time, sector split and driver-comparison functionality also make it easier to bore your partner or co-workers with details about your most recent track day.
All this extra track performance doesn't come cheap. Potential owners will need to pay an extra £16,500 (US$20,600) on top of the £181,000 (US$227,180) sticker. The package is already available for order, with deliveries set to start early in 2017.