TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY, MCLAREN
For any petrol head opening up their email to find an invite to drive some of the UK’s fastest supercars is sure to put a smile on their face but when dluxe Editor Jonathan Fraser received an invite to get behind the wheel of the new generation of McLaren supercars at the historic Silverstone race track it’s fair to say he was left grinning from ear to ear.
Whether you’re a fan of the new line up or not, any petrol head worth their salt would have tuned in to the new series of Top Gear and seen the new McLaren 675 LT go straight to the top of the leaderboard with a record time around the track, beating the likes of the Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Huracan and Bugatti Veyron Supersport. What came across from the show’s commentary was not only just how fast the McLaren was but also how entertaining it was to drive; focused firmly on the driver and the experience so I was keen to try it for myself.
The driving experience day was held by Rybrook Specialist Cars at the iconic Silverstone circuit. Customers new and old as well as special guests were invited by Rybrooks Solihull team to come and try some of the latest models for size away from the confines of the showroom. Amongst the models on trial were the stunning Rolls Royce Wraith and luxurious Dawn, the clever BMW i8, wild Lamborghini Hurrican and a brace of McLarens including the 570S and the 65s Spyder.
After warming up on track behind the wheel of the Rolls Royce Wraith, a car that seemed to defy it’s stature by being so nimble and with so much torque that a heavy gun of the accelerator would see your head snap back into the sumptuous leather upholstery, it was time to explore the McLaren.
I started in the 570S Coupe, a car lauded for being completely driver-centric and performance oriented; equally at home on the track as it is on the open road. With the lightest weight in its class and the highest power to weight ratio, it delivers super car punch and thrills that would shame many more expensive rivals.
Even if you take for granted 0-124mph in a scarcely believable 9.5 seconds, nothing prepares you for the thrill of the 570S Coupé’s race-bred dynamics. With a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8, delivering 570PS, performance is nothing short of breathtaking. The thing that is most striking though is how forgiving the McLaren is to drive. One of the many McLaren technologies the Sports Series shares with its Formula 1™ and supercar cousins is carbon fibre construction creating a super strong chassis that weighs just 75kg and provides immense rigidity and stiffness. This translates into outstanding dynamics providing the 570S with an addictive driving experience and the ultimate in driver engagement. Adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars are paired with a double wishbone suspension that makes the 570S incredibly nimble and responsive to every driver input. It’s a complete joy to drive and makes even the most docile of drivers feel like Damon Hill.
The McLaren is in fact so easy to drive that you could imagine it as a daily driver as the 570S is surprisingly practical. Visability is excellent the cockpit is spacious and well equipped with a seven inch tablet style touchscreen housing sat nav, entertainment and climate control settings. Another practical feature for such a low and wide car are the dihedral doors which, whilst looking supercar stunning, actually make it incredibly easy to get in and out of the 570S, especially in a tight parking space as they open upwards.
So amazing to drive and easy to live with, is the McLaren 570S the supercar that could actually fit into your lifestyle? Contact Ian Groves at McLaren Birmingham on 01564 787180 to find out or visit Rybrook McLaren at 2635 Stratford Road, Hockley Heath, Solihull, B94 5NH