Track-Focused McLaren 650S Debuting at Goodwood?
McLaren Automotive says this silhouetted teaser photo previews a new track-focused model that will debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. We were hoping that the new track-trouncer would be the previously announced McLaren P1 GTR, but a track-bred McLaren 650S is looking more likely.
Judging by the teaser image, it's entirely possible that the crowd at Goodwood will see a track-focused version of the McLaren 650S supercar. While the large rear wing mounted on the rear is new, the overall curvature of the body, the shape of the side scoop, and the front-end lighting in this teaser all align more closely with the styling seen on the McLaren 650S than the McLaren P1, meaning a version of the 650S is more likely than a McLaren P1 GTR. Automobile European bureau chief Georg Kacher reported yesterday that a McLaren 650GTS could debut in 2015, so it would make sense to see such a model previewed this summer.
Also on view in Goodwood will be a "special example of the [McLaren] 650S developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO)," according to a statement. It's possible that the British supercar maker is here pointing to the McLaren 650S MSO coupe concept we heard about in April.
That model features an upgraded carbon fiber rear diffuser and side blades finished in black satin. It packs the same 641-hp, 3.8-liter V-8 as the standard McLaren 650S, but benefits from significant but unspecified weight savings. Carbon fiber racing seats alone save 33 pounds.
As part of the world premiere, McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button will command the new track-only model up the famous Goodwood Hill. Color us officially jealous if it is the McLaren P1 GTR, but judging by how all-out terrifying the 986-hp trackster sounds, a pro driver is probably the best person to tackle Goodwood. Anyone else could end up as a smear on the pavement in a hurry. When the McLaren P1 GTR does eventually arrive, it will have slicker tires, a widened track, better aerodynamics, more downforce, and a gargantuan price tag of about $3,360,000.
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