THE TESTER’S VIEW FROM THE WHEEL OF A MCLAREN

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You might think Mclaren’s chief test driver, Chris Goodwin, rep­re­sents a very dif­fer­ent kind of test driver from the Mill­brook crew. He leads a much more free­wheel­ing life­style, test­ing road and com­pe­ti­tion cars all over the world, rac­ing Mclaren’s GTS and oc­ca­sion­ally help­ing to demon­strate new ma­chin­ery to both me­dia and cus­tomers. But in some ways, his du­ties are sim­i­lar to those of Mill­brook’s pro­fes­sion­als.

“Mclarens are dif­fer­ent from other su­per­cars be­cause they’re easy and ful­fill­ing to drive both fast and slow,” he says, “and be­cause they can be deeply sat­is­fy­ing to pro­fes­sion­als and to driv­ers who’ve never raced a car in their lives. Our lat­est 720S is per­haps the best ex­am­ple of that so far — ex­tremely fast but fun to drive for any­one. Bring­ing that level of ver­sa­til­ity and pol­ish to a new car takes a lot of miles. We pride our­selves on do­ing what it takes.”

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