Car News 18 Mar 2016

McLaren reveal 570S GT4 racer

McLaren has developed a new entry level race car, the 570S GT4, as well as a new track car the 570S Sprint. The new models will sit below the likes of the 650S GT3, and will be sold to private customers for the track and racing.

The 570S GT4 debuts in April with the Ecurie Ecosse team in the British GT Championship, and will undergo development through the season before private sale. It has the same engine as the 570S road car, a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 562bhp and 443lb ft or torque, making it a strong rival for Porsche’s Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

The 570S GT4 receives a series of racing upgrades, including a modified chassis setup with adjustable dampers and coilovers, as well as a FIA-approved roll cage and magnesium centre-locking wheels. The GT4 also features a new aerodynamic package, including new lightweight carbon and aluminium bodywork, a large front splitter bringing extra downforce, adjustable carbon rear wing and new P1-style bonnet vents.

The 570S Sprint has been developed as a softer track version of the GT4, designed more for comfort, with less weight and new aerodynamics. Full specification is yet to be released for the Sprint model.

The 570S GT4 will be released for private sale before 2017, and will be eligible to race for several World GT categories in 2017. Pricing for the new race car will start from £159,900.