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World debut for super-McLaren – the quickest yet

  • Lightest, most powerful, quickest road McLaren
  • New carbon-fibre bodywork for 100kg downforce
  • Clubsport and Clubsport Pro packs available
McLAREN Image: McLaren / Newspress
2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress

GOODWOOD, England – The quickest, most powerful, most track-focused but road-legal Sports Series McLaren has been unveiled at the UK’s 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 12).

The supercarmaker told The Corner the arrival of the 600LT, ”built to excel on roads and race circuits alike”, marks the beginning of the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ (LT) story and the setting of a benchmark for super-sport car performance.

Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive’s CEO, explained: “The new McLaren 600LT is our most extreme road-legal Sport Series model with optimised aerodynamics, more power, less weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement.

2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress
2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress

”It’s only the fourth McLaren in more than two decades to be designated ‘Longtail’ and redefines expectations of super-sport car performance with astonishing acceleration and outstanding track cornering speeds with a truly extraordinary dynamic connection between driver and car.”

TWIN TURBO RECALIBRATED

The McLaren 600LT, we’re told, expresses the McLaren philosophy of producing lightt super-sport cars that deliver extreme performance and a rewarding drive. With the 3.8-litre, twin-turbo, V8’s management system of the recalibrated and less back-pressure from the exhaust the 600LT can generate 450kW / 620Nm.

That translates to 0-100km/h in 2.9sec to match the acceleration of the McLaren 675LT Super Series model; 0-200km/h takes 8.2sec and the 600LT can reach 328km/h.

WATCH THE car in action here. 

The new LT family member, McLaren says, has all the physical hallmarks of a true McLaren ‘Longtail’ – among them an extended front splitter, longerrear diffuser, fixed rear wing and longersilhouette (by 74mm oer a McLaren 570S Coupé.

The shell / flat carbon-fibre floor optimises aero performance to produce 100kg of downforce at 250km/h.

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The use of carbon fibre extends to the monocoque chassis (that’s 25% stiffer than a comparable aluminium chassis) and the new aerodynamic features which, together with light materials throughout the track-focused cockpit, to achieve a lightest dry weight of 1247kg.

2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress
2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress

With optional carbon-fibre racing seats the car weighs 100kg less than a 570S Coupé.

A customer who can afford to go to another level of weight-saving can specify Clubsport or Clubsport Pro packs from McLaren Special Operations. The Clubsport Pack, for instance, adds R423 000 (July 2018) to the price of a new 600LT.

2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress
2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress

The Clubsport Pro Pack, which adds harness bar and six-anchor harness will add much the same, but very light race seats are available for a modest R87 000.

WHO NEEDS A GLOVE BOX?

The cockpit of the McLaren 600LT exemplifies both weight reduction and a driver-focused environment. Light Alcantara trim is used extensively throughout and the absence of carpeting saves 5.7kg ”while exposing the carbon-fibre beauty of the MonoCell II chassis”.

There is no glove box; the door pockets are nets. Aircon, satnav and audio system are each a ”no cost” option.

Production will start in October 2018 and run for a year.

2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress
2018 McLAREN 600 LT: Image: McLaren / Newspress

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