McLaren 620R: a race-car experience on road and track

19 Aug 2020

 

  • Limited-edition, competition-inspired coupé
  • Road-legal version of a race car, born from successful McLaren 570S GT4; maximises deployment of motorsport technology free from restriction of racing regulations
  • All hand-assembled in Woking, UK and just 225 now available to customer order
  • The most powerful car in the McLaren Sports Series, with 620PS and 620Nm from 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine
  • Shares aerodynamic hardware and chassis components of 570S GT4 – offering race car performance and feel, and fastest lap time of any Sports Series model
  • Develops total of 185kg of downforce across the aerodynamic bodywork at 250km/h
  • Optional track-only, bespoke Pirelli slick tyres available to optimise mechanical grip; standard tyre is road-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyre
  • Carbon ceramic brakes, centre locking wheels and low-exit stainless steel sports exhaust
  • Lowered suspension with wider track; manually adjustable GT4 dampers
  • Lightweight interior with carbon fibre racing seats, 6-point racing harnesses and road seat belts
  • Choice of three McLaren racing colours – McLaren Orange, Silica White and Onyx Black – all with GT4 race livery as standard; McLaren Senna GTR-inspired livery also available
  • Other body colours and bespoke detailing available through McLaren Special Operations (MSO)

 

The McLaren 620R is the first car in its class to offer true motorsport credentials in a fully road-legal package. The limited-edition coupé evolves the competition specification of the McLaren 570S GT4 to deliver a race-car experience on either track or road.

“The McLaren 570S GT4 is a first-class GT race car that, having won races in every championship it has competed in since its first appearance in 2017, is attracting an increasing number of customer racing teams. In response to repeated customer requests, we have homologated that class-leading package for the road in the McLaren 620R, a limited-edition, 620PS superlight coupé that is the perfect choice for an enthusiast wanting an authentic motorsport driving sensation – and performance to match – on both track and road.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

McLaren has enjoyed significant GT race success with Customer Racing teams and in recent seasons

the 570S GT4 has been instrumental in adding to that record of success. Since the customer debut in 2017, the car has become the most successful GT race car built by McLaren, achieving more race wins and podiums than any other to date; in 2019, the 570S GT4 competed in championships on four continents. As the ultimate track-focused, track-ready but roadgoing McLaren Sports Series model, the McLaren 620R – a car destined to be both rare and collectable, thanks to its limited production run – celebrates the achievements of the 570S GT4

The McLaren 620R is a unique proposition, delivering a pure motorsport experience in a road car with authenticity: it looks like a race car, handles like a race car, performs like a race car and feels like a race car. The result overall is a seamless transition from race to road – and vice versa. Exclusive and extreme in equal measure, the McLaren 620R retains the DNA of a fully homologated track car yet is free from the restrictions that race regulations apply.

A high level of commonality with a 570S GT4 race car has been integral to the development of the 620R from very outset. They have the same, single-piece carbon fibre Monocell II chassis providing the foundations for the strength and light weight of the car, with a targeted lightest dry weight of 1,282kg. This carbon fibre core – a McLaren signature that in different guises features in every car in the company’s range – also underpins the dynamic precision and composure for which McLarens are renowned. These characteristics have been enhanced in the 620R by the inclusion of the GT4’s adjustable aerodynamic elements, race-derived suspension components and powertrain recalibration to increase power and performance.

The 620R has the same M838TE 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine used in the GT4 car, but with a significant difference in power output; freedom from racing regulations has allowed the engine ECU and turbocharger management to be reconfigured to achieve 620PS (610bhp), making this the most powerful Sports Series car yet. The engine also develops torque of 620Nm (457lb ft) and even with lap times more important than sheer top speed, the combined outputs helps to deliver benchmark performance figures of 0-100km/h (62mph) in 2.9 seconds and 0-200km/h (124mph) in 8.1 seconds. Maximum speed is 322km/h (200mph).

The use of stiffer powertrain mounts reduces drivetrain forces under acceleration, minimising the effect of inertia under high load, while the 7-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) delivers super-fast shift times, further aided in Track model by McLaren’s Inertia Push technology, which converts built-up flywheel energy into a momentary burst of torque on upshift. For added drama on the road the driver can select Sport mode and hear the upshift ‘crack’ created by a split-second cut of the ignition spark during a gearshift.

Fitment of the GT4’s two-way manually adjustable coilover motorsport dampers, which feature 32 clicks of adjustment per corner for compression and rebound rates, adds to the 620R’s motorsport credentials. These enable the driver to optimise the 602R’s handling for any given circuit according to track surface, camber, weather conditions and the type and frequency of corners. Drivers can also adjust the suspension to their driving style, choosing for example a preference for precise body control or the ability to ride kerbs. The dampers also help to bring weight down overall, being more than 6kg lighter than the regular Sports Series units.

Customers who do not want the focused, motorsport damper set-up can instead choose the adaptive dampers that are standard across the Sports Series. These incorporate cabin-adjustable Normal, Sport and Track modes and also allow the fitment of vehicle lift to raise the nose of the car to accommodate road conditions in urban driving.

The suspension which features lightweight aluminium wishbones and uprights and stiffer anti-roll bars and springs than fitted on a regular Sports Series model, is further enhanced by swapping rubber top mounts for solid stainless steel alternatives to provide noticeable improvements in steering control and feedback, above and beyond the very high standards enjoyed in all McLaren cars.

Stopping power comes from McLaren’s latest lightweight braking system, which in the track-focused set-up on the new 620R comprises carbon ceramic discs (390mm front, 380mm rear) and 6-piston forged aluminium calipers on the front axle and 380mm discs and 4-piston calipers at the rear., The brakes are resistant to fade even after repeated hard-driven circuit laps and a revised vacuum pump and brake booster technology from the McLaren Senna breeds driver confidence through sharper pedal response, enhanced modularity and pedal consistency. The 620R’s brakes are additionally cooled by more efficient airflow from the 620R’s race-perfected front-end aerodynamic diveplanes.

The braking performance is unsurprisingly also extremely impressive on the road, where the 620R runs as standard with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tyres, but drivers who swap to the optional, full-slick motorsport tyres when they arrive on circuit will experience a whole new level of braking. Specially developed for McLaren by Pirelli’s Motorsport team, the slick tyres are optimised to complement the motorsport brakes and race-derived suspension of the 620R. They unlock a contact patch 8% larger than that of the road tyre, increasing lateral G-forces and enabling quicker lap times.

This is the first time that a road-legal car with 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels has been engineered to be able to run on slick tyres without the need for additional mechanical adjustment. This means that if weather conditions allow, owners can on arrival at a circuit either fit a second set of wheels or change tyres and go straight out on track without further delay.

High levels of mechanical grip are an essential part of the 620R’s track parentage, but it is the car’s aerodynamic performance that elevates it to the status of a road-legal GT4 racer. The adjustable carbon fibre rear wing has the same profile as the wing of the 570S GT4. Raised 32cm (12.5in) into the cleaner airflow above the vehicle to increase downforce while minimising drag, the wing is road legal thanks to its newly incorporated third brake light. Customers will receive their cars with the wing set to the least aggressive of its three available angles, optimising front/rear balance for road driving. The more aggressive angles increase rear downforce still further, contributing to a maximum of 185kg (408lbs) and enabling even quicker circuit-running.

While the rear wing quite literally stands out as an obvious distinguishing feature on the 620R, it is not the only component adapted from the GT4’s aggressive track specification to meet road homologation standards. The front bumper, splitter and bonnet have been redesigned – the splitter retaining pronounced aero blades and cut-out – while the carbon fibre bonnet has twin nostrils to aid downforce and clean up the airflow over the top of the car. The bonnet remains fully-functional, opening to reveal a stowage compartment for crash helmets or luggage. A total of 65kg (143lbs) of downforce at the front of the car is aided by dive planes that create vortices of low-pressure air at track level and help accelerate airflow along the car’s sides, as well as significantly aiding brake-cooling.

Both the adjustable damper and rear wing settings are factory positioned to provide breathtaking all-round ability on road and track, but the McLaren Automotive development team has designed the 620R to be accessible to all levels of driving experience so that novices and race-winners alike can exploit the car’s extensive abilities to their own limits: for the first time in a road-going McLaren, a driver can be their own race engineer and customise the settings of the car to a track as well as their preferred driving style.

The performance, feel, feedback and handling characteristics of the 620R will leave a driver in no doubt that it is a race car at heart, but there are other obvious clues that are apparent before the engine is even started. The interior clearly and immediately stands out as track-inspired - any GT4 race driver will feel instantly at home. As with any serious circuit car, it is as much about what has been stripped out as what has been included - the 620R does not have a floor carpet or a glovebox. Air-conditioning, IRIS Navigation and an audio system are also missing from the standard specification, although all can be selected. A lightweight Bowers & Wilkins upgraded audio system is available as a cost option.

Driver and passenger are secured in super-lightweight carbon fibre racing seats by six-point racing harnesses, fitted as standard. Key ‘track touchpoints’ include the red 12 o’clock mark on the steering wheel and door pull straps to aid door closure when a driver is held in place by the harnesses. Structural carbon fibre elements such as extended shift paddles, steering wheel spokes and centre console enhance the sense of being in the cabin of a race car. The centre console, mounted on a carbon fibre tunnel that connects to the rear bulkhead, also made from carbon fibre, is raised for ease of use when driving on track.

Each 620R can be configured to be distinctively individual. Single elements, for example the colour of the brake calipers, can be chosen as a solus specification; alternatively, buyers can opt for upgrade packs such as the Gloss Finish Visual Carbon Fibre Exterior Pack, which adds visual drama to everything from the side intakes to the door mirror casings. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) provides further personalisation choices, with a range of MSO Defined Exterior options that includes a titanium SuperSports Exhaust with Nano Black Exhaust Finisher and MSO Defined interior upgrades that incorporate a choice of harness colour.

All three exterior colours available as standard on the 620R are inspired by GT4 race cars – McLaren Orange (with white racing stripes), Silica White (orange stripes) or Onyx Black (orange stripes) – and each can be optioned with race number decals and/or partner decals. Further body colours are available in the MSO line-build palette.

Just 225 examples of the McLaren 620R will be available. Customers wanting to know more about this ‘road-legal GT4 race car’ should go to https://cars.mclaren.com/en/latest/post/mclaren-620R or contact a McLaren retailer.

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Notes to editors:

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McLaren 620R

Technical Specification

Engine configuration

M838TE engine, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,799cc

Drivetrain layout

Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD

Power PS (bhp/kW) @ rpm

620 (611/456) @ 7500rpm

Torque Nm (lb ft) @ rpm

620 (457) @ 5500-6500rpm

Transmission

7-Speed seamless-shift gearbox (SSG)

Steering

Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted

Chassis

Carbon fibre MonoCell II monocoque, with aluminium front and rear crash structures

Suspension

Anti-roll bars, wishbones and uprights

Manually adjustable two-way motorsport dampers with 32 settings for rebound and compression

Optional adaptive dampers with Normal, Sport and Track modes

Brakes

Carbon Ceramic Brakes with 6-piston aluminium calipers front and 4-piston aluminium calipers rear

Wheels (inches)

8J x 19 Front and 11J x 20 Rear

Tyres

Pirelli P Zero® Trofeo R or Pirelli Slick tyres 225/35/R19 Front and 285/35/R20 Rear

Length, mm (inches)

4,557 (179.4)

Wheelbase, mm (inches)

2,670 (105.1)

Height, mm (inches)

1,194 (47.0)

Width, with mirrors, mm (inches)

2,095 (82.5)

Width, mirrors folded, mm (inches)

2,045 (80.5)

Width, without mirrors, mm (inches)

1,945 (76.6)

Track (to contact patch centre), mm (inches)

Front: 1,680 (66.1); Rear: 1,591 (62.6)

Lightest dry weight, kg (lbs)

1,282 (50.5)

DIN Kerb weight [fluids + 90% fuel], kg (lbs)

1,386 (54.6)

Fuel tank capacity, litres (UK/USA gallons)

72 (15.8/19)

Luggage capacity, litres

120

 

Performance data

0-97km/h (0-60mph)

2.8 seconds

0-100km/h (0-62mph)

2.9 seconds

0-200km/h (0-124mph)

8.1 seconds

0-400m / ¼ mile

10.4 seconds

Maximum speed (km/h/mph)

322/200

200-0km/h (124mph-0) braking, metres (ft)

116 (380.6)

100-0km/h (62mph-0) braking, metres (ft)

29 (95.1)

 

Efficiency

CO2 emissions, g/km WLTP EU (combined)

278 g/km

Fuel consumption, WTLP EU I/100km | UK MPG

 

   Combined

12.2 l/100km | 23.2 mpg (UK)

   Low

22.7 l/100km | 12.4 mpg (UK)

   Medium

11.8 l/100km | 23.9 mpg (UK)

   High

9.9 l/100km | 28.5 mpg (UK)

   Extra-high

10.5 l/100km | 26.9 mpg (UK)

Fuel consumption, US mpg

 

City

15mpg

Highway

22mpg

Combined

18mpg

 

About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company’s product portfolio of GT, Supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 85 retailers in more than 32 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.

Then in 1993  it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.

In 2018, the company launched its new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region in the North of England that will innovate and produce the next generation all-new lightweight carbon fibre architecture.

2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider as well as the new GT, the track-only Senna GTR and unveiled the 620R and the McLaren Elva.

To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise, technology and solutions. These include AkzoNobel, Ashurst, Dell Technologies, Pirelli,  Richard Mille, and Tumi.

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