McLaren su­per­car is ready for track

South Western Times - - Wheels - Alis­tair Kennedy

McLaren Au­to­mo­tive has given Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts the first lo­cal view­ing of its lat­est su­per­car the 600LT.

De­scribed as track-ready and street-le­gal the 600LT is based on the pre­vi­ous 570S but with the en­tic­ing com­bi­na­tion of more power, re­duced weight and extra down­force.

The ‘LT’ in the name stands for Long­tail and it fol­lows on from the three pre­vi­ous LT mod­els, the leg­endary Le Mans win­ning F1 GTR, the 675LT and 675LT Spi­der.

The big phys­i­cal dif­fer­ence be­tween the 600LT and the 570S and one of the big­gest talk­ing points are the ex­haust pipes that sit at the top of the rear panel ad­ja­cent to the rear-mounted en­gine.

This means the pipes are much shorter and so con­trib­ute to the extra 30 kW of power over the 570S. Their lo­ca­tion also frees up space at the lower rear al­low­ing for a big­ger dif­fuser which fur­ther im­proves the car’s aero­dy­nam­ics.

Weight re­duc­tion is a key fea­ture of the new 600LT with up to 96kg be­ing trimmed from the al­ready-light­weight 570S on a range of com­po­nents to al­low it to hit the scales at just 1247kg. Th­ese in­clude car­bon fi­bre body­work, forged alu­minium dou­blewish­bone sus­pen­sion, hol­lowed­out anti-roll bars, lighter wheels and brakes, thin­ner glass, op­tional seats taken from the McLaren Senna and the afore­men­tioned shorter ex­haust pipes.

Power from the 3.8-litre twin­turbo V8 peaks at 441 kW (600 horse­power – hence the name) and torque at 620 Nm.

This com­bi­na­tion of re­duced weight and extra grunt al­lows the 600LT to ac­cel­er­ate from zero to 100km/h in 2.9 sec­onds. Then with its McLaren Senna brake boost­ers it can drop from 200km/h to stand­still in 177 me­tres.

The pre-pro­duc­tion 600LT that was shown in Syd­ney will be fol­lowed from next month when full pro­duc­tion will be­gin at the McLaren fac­tory in Woking, Sur­rey. While there is no pro­duc­tion limit it will only be built for a to­tal of 12 months.

Aus­tralians who al­ready have placed their or­ders, and parted with some of the $455,000 plus on­roads sale price, can ex­pect delivery by the end of this year.

The chances of get­ting a McLaren 600LT for our usual week­long test are neg­li­gi­ble. How­ever the good news is that there are three Aus­tralian McLaren deal­er­ships, one in Syd­ney, one in Mel­bourne and the third at South­port on Gold Coast, where our north­ern team is based.

So we’ll try and pull a few strings and get to spend at least a cou­ple of hours for a bit of prom­e­nade pos­ing. Fin­gers crossed and watch this space for our road test re­port.

The spec­tac­u­lar McLaren 600LT is suit­able for both road and track.

The ex­haust pipes sit at the top of the rear panel.

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