SWOOSH & SWOON
Mclaren’s latest sports car is the brand’s bold move to increase sales, but does it have the bite to back up its bark?
claren is certainly no stranger to the super car fraternity. Given its active participation in the Ivy League, the group draws a lot of its experience from the prestigious form of high stakes, open cockpit racing of Formula 1 and puts that all into its latest road-going cars, each carrying the traits of its Formula 1 cars, such as the carbon monocoque cell construction that come as standard.
Looking to further diversify its products in a saturated performance car market, Mclaren has gone a step further and developed the Sports Car Series. Developed to deliver stunning performance for both road and track, the Sports Car Series is skewed towards an everyday driving experience that Mclaren owners can get to enjoy without the overly track-oriented performance of its Super Car Series.
This Sports Car Series is duly represented by the 570S. Dubbed as the ‘Baby Mclaren’, the 570S is a gem that combines all that sporty Mclaren DNA with efficiency and the drivability for the daily road. Designed in the wind tunnel by its race engineers, the Mclaren 570S wears the same suit of racing aura design as with its seniors, the 650S, 675LT and even the P1. The Mclaren ‘Swoosh’ trademark is clearly reflected on its headlights and tail lamps, making its distinction from the aging MP4-12C’S rear.
As with all the latest Mclarens, the 570S also receives the upward-swinging dihedral doors for easy access. That’s not all though, the doors have been meticulously crafted by engineers, to take into account the airflow potential that it could harness for the mid-mounted engine. More importantly, the gaping slopes behind the cabin are dubbed as ‘Flying Buttresses’ and provide additional engine-cooling capabilities, as well as 8kg of downforce, which means that the 570S could do away with a fixed spoiler at the back and focus on delivering sublime speed.
The interior of the 570S isn’t too far off from its other siblings. Some similarities here is the IRIS infotainment system, the Mclaren Active Dynamics panel and the carbon fibre-spoked steering wheel. While we got to drive the almost fullblack, stock interior option for the 570S, there are a host of upholstery options