Pure McLaren previews Sports Series race championship with debut event at Circuit Paul Ricard
5 Oct 2017
During the final European date of the 2017 Pure McLaren track experience programme at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France, McLaren Automotive premiered the first dedicated 570S GT4 race event. The Pure McLaren GT4 Club Race saw 10 examples of the track-only Sports Series model on the grid, before a full European race calendar next year.
The race events are the latest addition to the Pure McLaren programme which provides drivers with comprehensive education and understanding of track and racecraft. Each driver is supported by a McLaren technical and engineering team that runs and maintains the 570S GT4, while drivers get to work with a dedicated driver coach to ensure development and improvement throughout each session.
The inaugural McLaren race event took place over three days around the famous French circuit, under the regulations and sanctioned by the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC). After a series of free practice sessions on day one to get to grips with the 570S GT4, the grid of global customers took their race-craft to a new level with two qualifying sessions ahead of two closely-fought 30-minute races.
For the 2018 season, the Pure McLaren GT4 race events are to form part of an exciting calendar which will visit some of Europe’s most iconic circuits, including Silverstone in the UK and the famous Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium.
For further information on the Pure McLaren programme, and to register your interest in the 2018 calendar, visit http://cars.mclaren.com/home/experiences/pure-mclaren.
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Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was revealed 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 Coupé and Spider form in 2014, while 2015 proved to be a year of unprecedented growth of the product portfolio with five new models launched across the full range. The strictly limited edition 675LT Coupé premiered at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the track-only McLaren P1™ GTR which, with 1,000PS, became the most powerful model ever produced by the brand. The much-anticipated Sports Series became the third – and final – model tier in the McLaren range with the 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé debuting in New York and Shanghai respectively, less than one month apart. The end of 2015 saw the launch of the fifth model, the 675LT Spider, which was as a direct response to customer demand. The year also saw the end of production for the first model in the Ultimate Series as the 375th McLaren P1™ was completed, closing what had become a defining year for the British brand. 2016 continued where 2015 had left off with the introduction of the 570GT - a second bodystyle for the Sports Series and the most luxurious car McLaren has ever built, as well as the 570S GT4 track variant. 2016 also marked the introduction of the company’s new business plan, Track22, which sees the company investing £1B in Research and Development to deliver 15 all new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least 50% will feature hybrid technology. The uplift in sales in 2016 also saw the launch of the second shift at the McLaren Production Centre as well as the company’s third year of profitability in just six years of trading. In March 2017, the second-generation Super Series was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show with the global premiere of the McLaren 720S. The first-ever Sports Series convertible, the McLaren 570S Spider, was launched in June 2017.
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