2015 McLaren 650S Sprint Heads to Pebble Beach

Following up on the 650S GT3 racing car, McLaren plans to introduce a slightly tamer track car called the 650S Sprint. Debuting at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the 2015 McLaren 650S Sprint has several modifications that make it suitable (and legal) only for use on a race track.

Beneath the surface, the 2015 McLaren 650S Sprint’s interior has been totally stripped, exposing bare carbon fiber. A roll cage, carbon-fiber bucket seat with six-point harness, and fire extinguisher are standard; mercifully the air conditioning system has been retained to keep drivers cool when hot-lapping. The car has a special racing fuel tank, an enlarged radiator from the 650S GT3, and a new hood with ducting to help cool the radiator.

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine from the 2015 McLaren 650S road car is unchanged, at 641 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, although the transmission programming has been tweaked “to further enhance on-track drivability.” The car’s suspension is lowered by one inch, the brakes are upgraded for track use, and the McLaren’s adaptive damping system has been reprogrammed for even stiffer handling. Nineteen-inch center-lock wheels are shod in Pirelli racing tires, and a built-in air jack system facilities easy tire changes in the pits. A wind tunnel-tested carbon-fiber front splitter and rear wing, a passenger bucket seat, and a lighter polycarbonate windshield are all available as options.

The 2015 McLaren 650S Sprint will be available worldwide, although currently the automaker has not released a U.S.-market price. In its home market of the U.K., the 650S Sprint commands £198,000, equivalent to $333,000.