A seriously important car for McLaren
THERE is pressure, of course there is. It comes inherent with a period of success. McLaren has momentum to maintain, with sales up 99.3 per cent in 2016 (from 1654 cars in 2015 to 3286). The last 650S has been built. By June, the 720S will be being built at a rate of seven a day (first deliveries are due in Q3 and prices start at $489,900). Will it prove more 12C than P1? We doubt it.
“Towards the end of the sign-off drives, Mike Flewitt drove the car for the first time in about five months – a lifetime towards the end of a project,” Haydn Baker said. “He drove for an hour and half on the road, from Barcelona to the circuit, and when he stepped out he told me, ‘That’s the most beautiful drive I’ve ever had.’
“I told him he now had to drive it on the track. When he came in he told me he had to re-calibrate: all that he thought he knew about gears, entry speeds and grip at that circuit had changed. Lovely to drive on the road, and then a level of performance on track that’s almost intimidating. I was happy with that.”