Ultimate McLaren 650S heading for the track

McLaren 650S track
31 Mar, 2014 2:02pm

Track-focused version of new McLaren 650S is in the works

The new McLaren 650S is already one of the fastest cars on the road, but McLaren is hard at work on an even more extreme version.

Chief development driver Chris Goodwin told us: “This is not as far as we’re going to go – there’s plenty more we can do.”

Hinting at a more focused 650S – rather than the entry-level, Porsche 911-rivalling P13 – Goodwin said “around 12 per cent of customers use their car on track”, which is why the 650S is still biased towards road driving.

With 641bhp, the 650S isn’t exactly short on performance, so a track-biased version is likely to focus on stripping out more weight while adding new active aerodynamics. The P1 shows the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 can be tuned to deliver as much as 727bhp, but without the electric motor to ‘torque fill’, this creates issues with turbo lag.

The brand didn’t mention a possible name, but did confirm that it was planning a similar track version of the P13. Expect further details on the track-focused 650S later this year, with a price premium of £25,000 over the usual car – that means it should cost around £220,000.