What is it?
That being said, giving the McLaren 570S Spider the same trackday makeover introduced last year on the coupé is a bit of a tap-in, at least in concept. So stiff is the construction of the car’s carbonfibre ‘Monocell II’ tub that the removal of its upper portion incurs almost no penalty in the way of torsional rigidity. As such, there’s also the additional benefit that weighty chassis-strengthening measures simply aren’t required.
And so we have the 570S Spider Track Pack, which includes more than £17,000 worth of options to help it appeal to "owners interested in occasional trackdays", according to McLaren. Those in search of a more committed circuit experience will be directed towards the 570S GT4 racer, although that’s a whole new level of expense, given that a six-event season with full factory support costs £160,000 before you’ve even bought the car. It’s one you can read all about here, courtesy of Andrew Frankel’s dispatch from a meeting at Spa-Francorchamps.
Anyway, the road car. In terms of spring rates, suspension geometry, engine and gearbox mapping, or indeed anything oily, the Track Pack changes precisely nothing over the standard car. The specific tuning of the anti-roll bars, adaptive dampers and coil springs therefore remain – no bad thing if you’re going to spend most of your time on the road. Despite its composure, we’ve always regarded the 570S as one of the most forgivingly usable cars of its type, and also superlative on track with the powertrain and chassis setting ramped up to, er, Track mode.
‘Super-lightweight’ forged alloy wheels do reduce unsprung weight to the tune of about four kilos per corner, however, and there’s a sports exhaust with dark ‘stealth’ styling. The system is both lighter than the usual apparatus and more vocal, says McLaren. Track Pack cars also get an upgrade at the contact patch, with the standard Pirelli P Zero tyres swapped for track-ready (but still road-biased) Corsas.
Carbon-ceramic brakes are already standard on the 570S, so there’s no need to tinker with them for track duties.