SWOOSH & SWOON

Wheels Asia - - Cover car - TEXT AARON HIA PHO­TOS SHINI PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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

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