The 570S GT4 is a purpose-built racer that’s been developed by McLaren GT and motorsport specialist CRS GT Ltd, while the 570S Sprint has been created as a trackday supercar.
The 570S GT4 will be eligible to compete in several world GT categories, and as such, it gets a race-focused chassis setup comprised of adjustable dampers and coilovers, centre-locking magnesium wheels and an FIA-approved roll cage.
The exterior gains a full aerodynamic package, with reprofiled aluminium and carbonfibre bodywork, a larger front splitter, a smoothed floor assembly and an adjustable rear wing.
The GT4’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine is unmodified from the road car, so in unrestricted form it produces 562bhp and 443lb ft of torque, but these numbers could decrease slightly when race restrictors are added.
McLaren has given a 570S GT4 the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse racing team, which will field the car in this year’s British GT championship. The car will compete in all nine rounds of the 2016 series, in what McLaren calls a “season-long competitive development programme”.
Assuming this programme goes to plan, the car will be eligible to race in GT4 homologated championships from 2017. It’ll be priced from £159,900, which is £16,650 more than the road-going model.
Launched alongside McLaren’s new racer is the 570S Sprint. This model shares many parts with the GT4 but retains certain creature comforts to make it a more usable track car, rather than out-and-out racer. Exact specifications for this car are yet to be released, but we know it too uses a road-specification engine and gains its own unique aero-package.
McLaren says that Sprint buyers wanting a more potent package have the option to upgrade their car to GT4 spec.
The launch of these two new cars coincides with the appointment of Ansar Ali to the position of McLaren Automotive Motorsport Director. He said: ‘I am extremely proud and honoured to be joining McLaren Automotive at such a pivotal time. Activities on track have played such a significant part in the history of making McLaren globally recognised.
“The opportunity to play a major part in shaping its future motorsport strategy is extremely exciting, and the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are an important initial step.’
The 570S GT4 will race at the opening round of the British GT championship at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 16-17 April.