Pure McLaren Race Academy aims to transform track day regulars into racing drivers
16 Mar 2017
McLaren Automotive’s official track driving programme focuses on providing unparalleled driver development opportunities at all levels
2017 calendar announced with number of exclusive events to suit every McLaren customer and enthusiast
New season kicks off on April 5 at Monza, Italy, with prices starting from £915.00
McLaren Automotive has announced full details of the 2017 Pure McLaren programme – a series of exclusive events that bring together the most passionate McLaren owners and enthusiasts. The 2017 calendar starts on April 5 at Monza, Italy and promises exhilarating track days at some of the most iconic Grand Prix circuits across the world.
For this year, the programme of courses has increased with the introduction of several packages focusing on high performance driving with the aim of transforming those interested in entering the world of motorsport into amateur racing drivers.
Pure McLaren takes advantage of the McLaren brand’s racing know-how to develop performance driving skills in a controlled environment and at all levels of driving ability. The events are open to potential customers wanting to experience a McLaren’s full capability and for enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a McLaren sports car. Current McLaren owners can also join the programmes with their own car or cars, driving away from the limitations of the road in an open and relaxed environment, whilst socialising with fellow owners.
Guests who want to take their driving skills to another level are encouraged to join Pure McLaren Performance Academy – a graded programme of intense one-to-one driver training. Several courses are available, which through expert tuition and integration of on-board telemetry, can take participating guests all the way up from track beginner to performance driver. There are four proficiency levels covering all aspects of track driving that are undertaken in a number of McLaren vehicles, starting from 570S Coupé for the entry-level Dynamic Principles course and culminating with a 650S Sprint for the advanced Sprint level course.
Finally, at the pinnacle of the Pure McLaren offering are two all-inclusive Race Academy courses. The initial Race Level 1 programme culminates in MSA Race License assessment* and focuses on preparing the participant for their first motorsport competition. The final Race Level 2 is open to those that have already completed Level 1 and want to get their first real race experience in a familiar McLaren environment. This elite programme is enhanced with comprehensive race preparation, featuring an in-depth strategic planning session, and concludes after six official races with other participants. Upon completion of the races, it is possible to gain the signatures required to upgrade to a National A License* (International D License equivalent) and start competing in motorsport events.
The 2017 season of Pure McLaren commences on April 5 at Monza, with five further core European events scheduled across the year:
May 4 – 7: Silverstone, UK
June 22 – 25, Hockenheim, Germany
July 13 – 16: Portimao, Portugal
September 1 – 4: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 28 – October 1: Paul Ricard, France
2017 will also see three special international events taking place at the following venues:
July 1: Goodwood Festival of Speed
November 14 – 16: Circuit of The Americas, USA
November 28 – 30: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain
Prices start from £915.00 for the Owner Track Day including an open pit lane and a tuition session from a McLaren Driver Coach. For more information on available packages, and to register your interest in any of the events above, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cars.mclaren.com/experiences/pure-mclaren.html.
Notes to Editors:
*Race Academy license is a subject to participants having a UK residential address
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McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and super cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. For the past 30 years, McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production 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.
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 and 570S Sprint track variants. 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.
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