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McLaren To Debut Stunning New 650s Road Car At Sandown
Posted by: newsla on Mar 27, 2014 - 07:02 AM
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McLaren To Debut Stunning New 650s Road Car At Sandown

McLaren Automotive will make two Australian debuts this weekend during the opening round of the 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli. Reigning champion Klark Quinn will make the national series debut of the gorgeous Darrell Lea McLaren MP4-12C, however he and the #1 McLaren will not be alone..


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Joining the new Bathurst lap-record holder in the pits, will be the British manufacturer’s new stable-mate, the recently released McLaren 650S, a car which was unveiled to the world just three weeks ago at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The new 650S joins the McLaren model range alongside the 12C - which will be campaigned in GT3 form by Klark Quinn this weekend - and the highly acclaimed McLaren P1™.

The 650S designation is a reflection of the power the car achieves - 650PS (641bhp) - from it’s unique McLaren M838T 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. The ‘S’ understandably is the designation for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement.

Typically of McLaren, the performance is class leading for both the Coupé and Spider models: 0-100 km/h acceleration takes only 3.0 seconds, 0-200 km/h takes just 8.4 seconds for the Coupé and its maximum speed is 333 km/h.

The Coupé which will make its first public appearance at Sandown Park Raceway in Melbourne’s south-east at the opening round of the Australian GT Championship, where Quinn will be doing his level best to achieve a trifecta of championship victories.

The Queenslander joined McLaren’s Andrew Kirkaldy, V8 Supercar sensation Shane Van Gisbergen and his father Tony behind the wheel for a fourth placed finish and a new outright lap record at Mount Panorama early last month, stunning the opposition with the pace of the British-built supercar.

“A number of people were writing us off before the race because the McLaren was considered a ‘sprint’ racer, not so much an endurance machine,” Quinn recalled.

“For a car that’s supposedly not much more than a sprinter, we certainly surprised a lot of people when we challenged for the race lead over the final laps and stole the lap record chasing down the leaders. In the end we only missed a podium by a couple of car lengths, and we weren’t that much further behind the winning team.

“I’d never actually driven the car prior to my first practice at Bathurst, but I really enjoyed it. It was different to drive than the GT3-R but it was quick, so the decision to retire the Porsche and take on the McLaren for the national series this year wasn’t a difficult one.

“I’m really looking forward to Sandown and to seeing how the car performs. It’s going to be a tough year with some seriously good competitors joining the championship, but I think we’ll be pretty right, Bathurst was proof of that.”

For McLaren Automotive’s Australian Brand operations Manager Jay McCormack, the debut of the 650S at Sandown alongside the 12C race car brings together the very essence of what McLaren stands for.

“Racing is in McLaren’s blood, so it was only natural for us to bring the new 650S to celebrate Klark’s Australian GT Championship debut. It also puts us directly in touch with people who appreciate and drive cars like the 650S.

“There is also a nice synergy too with Pirelli, the naming rights sponsor of the Australian GT Championship. Pirelli are a technology partner of McLaren, and they work very closely with our engineers to ensure the driver achieves the optimum in performance from their car.”

The McLaren 650S is equipped as standard with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres - 235/35 R19 at the front, and 305/30 R20 at the rear. As with the 12C and 12C Spider, the development work undertaken has led to a brand new evolution of the P Zero™ Corsa tyre, branded ‘MC1’, specifically tailored to match the characteristics of the 650S.

For those wanting a view of this stunning new release, make sure you get yourself down to Sandown this weekend (April 29-30) and drop into the GT pits for a closer look at one of the most technically advanced supercars in the world.

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