Famed racing marque and supercar manufacturer McLaren is turning up the heat on its rivals Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini with two new cars that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The first, which they’re only teasing with the following video, is the new 650LT.
The 650LT is the first McLaren in 20 years to wear the LT badge, which stands for Long Tail. Based on the 650S, this update British supercar will be lighter, have greater downforce, and make more power – a devilish 666 bhp! We expect 0-60 times to be in the mid-twos with this configuration and the driving dynamics to be nothing short of spectacular.
A New Track Star
Joining the 650LT on the McLaren stand will be the track-only P1™ GTR. It features a 986 horsepower, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine with an enhanced lightweight electric motor. The IPAS system is designed for racing and offers instantaneous power right up to its redline.
In addition to it’s powerful motor, the P1 GTR will feature several aerodynamic enhancements. One of the first things you’ll notice is the prominent fixed-height rear wing which sits high above the lightweight carbon-fiber bodywork. Working in concert with the front flaps the GTR produces 10% more downforce gluing the car to the road. The wing retains the F1-inspired DRS (Drag Reduction System) which trims the pitch from 32° to 0° at the push of the button on the steering wheel reducing downforce, but increasing speed for passing on the track.
Designed purely for racing, owners must participate in the McLaren P1™ Driver Program at Silverstone, England, followed by the on-track activity at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. Beginning with time in a simulator, these events will follow on from individual driver profiling sessions at the McLaren Technology Center. Consultation also includes a race seat fitting, a Human Performance Center assessment, and final discussions around the design of each model with McLaren Automotive Design Director Frank Stephenson.
The Geneva Motor Show will take place March 5 through 15, and have an amazing array of unveilings of new luxury and high performance cars. Pursuitist will keep you on top of all the news from Switzerland as it becomes available.