The McLaren 570S, a five-star Autocar road test car, is a fine base on which to build, but equally, a formula you don’t want to tamper with too much. So to that end, the Track Pack’s changes are minimal: you get lightweight race seats, an interior shod completely in Alcantara, super-lightweight alloy wheels, a few MSO-sourced exterior colour and trim tweaks, and a 12mm taller rear wing, which adds an extra 29kg of downforce at 150mph.
It’s all about weight saving, the total diet shaving 25kg from the 570S’s 1313kg kerb weight. Throw in the extra Track Telemetry software from the 675 LT and P1 displayed on the infotainment screen, and you’ve a package with a £16,500 premium over a standard 570S.
And it’s amazing what difference a few little tweaks can make to the overall experience, and all in a good way in the 570S’s case. Take that Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, for example. It feels special, sporty and involving in your hands, making the superb steering feel (from a hydraulic system, remember) spread right to the palm of your hands.
Alcantara is the material also used to trim the lightweight race seats, which look snug and firm on first acquaintance, yet reveal themselves to be perfectly comfortable even for a cross-continent drive. The material is grippy and the seat surrounds are highly supportive, so you feel fixed in the centre of the car, but in no way is the experience a claustrophobic or uncomfortable one.
Elsewhere, the rest of the 570S’s superb dynamic package is evident in the Track Pack, albeit we were testing the car on winter tyres ahead of an excursion up a snowy Swiss mountain. It retains its supercar pace and poise, from the responsive 562bhp 3.8-litre V8 engine to the witchcraft being worked by the suspension to create a car that turns in like nothing else for this money. Yet, it still rides in a way that would put many a family hatchback to shame.