MCLAREN GT4 IS BOOMING
Mclaren has received almost 200 expressions of interest in its new 570S GT4 challenger, despite the machine having contested just two races since its launch two months ago.
The 570S GT4 enjoyed its most competitive outing so far during last weekend’s British GT event at Rockingham, with the Ecurie Ecosse car of Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty leading the GT4 class mid-race.
The duo eventually fell back to finish fifth after having to serve an extra stop to make up time for a short pitstop. Haggerty also had to stop the car twice to reset an electrical glitch that would periodically cut engine power.
Mclaren GT’S Andrew Kirkaldy, who co-developed the 570S GT4 via his CRS GT firm, said: “Interest in the 570S GT4 has been phenomenal. We’ve had almost 200 enquiries from around the world and we’ll see cars go to Britain and all over. We hopefully can start taking deposits in a few weeks.
“The car is so early in its lifecycle and to enter it straight into two two-hour races was hugely ambitious but it’s been very promising so far. Building a GT4 car is actually more complex than a GT3 as it’s a road car at heart and you have to get all of the sensors to recognise race situations, like vibrations, otherwise you get these little gremlins. We know the pace is in the car and we showed what it can do at Rockingham.
“This is a learning and development year in British GT, and by the end of it we know we’ll have one of the top products in GT4.”
The 570S GT4 led its second ever race Photos: Jakob Ebrey Photography, Steve Jones, Jim Moir