McLAREN THREE TIER MODEL RANGE TO TAKE TO THE HILL AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

8 Jun 2015

  • Three McLaren model tiers to be shown together dynamically for the first time
  • 570S Coupé to make global dynamic debut on the famous Hill course
  • McLaren P1™ GTR and limited edition 650S Le Mans to also feature in the Supercar Paddock
  • Race-winning 650S GT3 to take to the Hill after last year’s global unveil at the Festival
  • Display at McLaren House to include unique commissions created by MSO, the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive

The McLaren 570S Coupé will lead the charge at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed making its global dynamic debut when it joins the famous Supercar Run. It will be joined by the McLaren P1™ GTR and 650S Le Mans, both strictly limited in production and rarely seen in public, and marking the first time McLaren has ever demonstrated models from all three of its recently announced product tiers: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series. In addition, the popular McLaren House will return located as last year, adjacent to the iconic Goodwood House overlooking the Hill course, with cars, guest speakers and historic McLaren memorabilia honouring the ‘Flatout and Fearless’ theme of this year’s Festival.

Following its unveil at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year, and a highly successful global tour, the 570S Coupé will take to the Goodwood Hill course throughout the Festival weekend. Fitted with a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, producing 570PS (562bhp), the 570S Coupé joins the McLaren model line-up as the most powerful model in the recently launched Sports Series, and introduces McLaren DNA and supercar performance to the sports car segment. The lightweight and purposeful model will make its global dynamic debut ahead of first customer deliveries beginning later this year.  It can also be seen on the stage at McLaren House.

The 650S Le Mans being brought by McLaren to Goodwood is particularly special. Codenamed ‘XP1’, it is the experimental prototype of the special edition coupé-only model built by McLaren Special Operations, in collaboration with McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famous endurance race victory. As with the 50 production models which are now sold out, XP1 is finished in bespoke Sarthe Grey, inspired by the colour of the race-winning McLaren F1 GTR, with contrasting McLaren Orange highlights. It features styling enhancements from the 1995 race-winner, including a fully-integrated roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake, and wing louvres designed to reduce pressure over the front wheels.

The track-dedicated McLaren P1™ GTR will feature alongside the 650S Le Mans in the Supercar Paddock, and will make its UK dynamic debut at the Festival of Speed. The 1,000PS (986 bhp) model will take part in the dynamic display throughout the weekend, having attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans to be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the McLaren F1 GTR victory.

Completing the dynamic display will be the McLaren 650S GT3, which was unveiled at the Festival of Speed last year. The 650S GT3 has enjoyed success globally in its competitive debut season, already securing podium finishes in five championships at circuits across North America and Europe with McLaren GT customer teams. 

McLaren House will host a range of models prepared by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to celebrate the ‘Flatout and Fearless’ theme, each highlighting a ‘moment’ from throughout the history of McLaren and the legendary drivers who have driven for the team over the years.

Visitors will also be invited to be photographed behind the wheel of a McLaren 650S Spider in return for a donation of £2 to the halow project (www.halowproject.org.uk), the selected beneficiary of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The halow project is a Guildford-based charity committed to supporting young people with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person. From its community based social activities and learning programmes, to its 1:1 personalised support via its Buddy service, halow helps young people to gain confidence, skills and be supported to live as independently as possible.

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Media guests at Goodwood Festival of Speed:

We would be delighted to welcome any media guests for refreshments throughout the course of the Festival of Speed – please ask for Wayne Bruce or Dave Eden on arrival at McLaren House, adjacent to the Drivers’ Enclosure.

Media interviews:

Media interviews with key McLaren Automotive executives will be available over the weekend at McLaren House. Please contact Dave Eden to discuss interview opportunities.

Notes to Editors:

A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – www.media.mclarenautomotive.com.

About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey.

Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was launched in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1™ went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in coupe and Spider form in 2014, and has announced the Sports Series among the models to be introduced in 2015. The brand continues to expand, and McLaren posted a profit during 2013 – only the third year of vehicle production. This was followed in 2014, by a third consecutive year of growth in sales with a record 1,648 vehicles delivered via a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.

McLaren Automotive Partners           
To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative and highly acclaimed sports cars, McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology including, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli and SAP.

Designed for the track; Developed for the road

The connection between Formula 1 and road cars at McLaren is a natural process of experience, knowledge, principles and process transfer. Through the integration of 50 years of Formula 1™ racing expertise and knowledge, and over 20 years of heritage in producing landmark sports cars, McLaren Automotive designs, develops and builds a range of technologically advanced and groundbreaking high performance sports cars which are designed to be a no compromise drive on both road and track.

McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production over the past 30 years, and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis.

Visit cars.mclaren.com for more details.

Further information

Wayne Bruce

Global Communications Director | McLaren Automotive Limited
Phone: +44 (0) 1483 261500
Mobile: +44 (0) 7768 132429
Email: wayne.bruce@mclaren.com

Dave Eden
Global PR Manager | McLaren Automotive Limited
Phone: +44 (0) 1483 262867
Mobile: +44 (0) 7500 857089
Email: dave.eden@mclaren.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DaveEden

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