Racing Legend Bruce McLaren’s Vision Alive and Well in the 570S Supercar Debut
By Joshua Stone
In 1952, 14-year-old Bruce McLaren entered a hillclimb race with a racecar his father restored in his native New Zealand. After many years of Grand Prix racing, McLaren developed his own Formula 1 car for the 1966 season – and the world of racing would never be the same. He was praised for his engineering, analysis, and management skills, and was a pioneer in racecar aerodynamics. Though Bruce passed away in a crash in 1970, McLaren Racing continued to flourish and win in his honor, picking up eight constructors’ championships, 12 drivers’ championships and more than 152 fastest-lap records.
While many remember the iconic McLaren F1, of which only 64 road cars were produced between 1993 and 1998, the modern McLaren era started with the Mp4-12c in 2009. This supercar combined absolute cutting-edge race technology in a road car. The 12C evolved into the 650S in 2014, with more aggressive styling, revised aerodynamics, and more evolved systems, making it a force to be reckoned with.
With the recent new McLaren 570S debut at the New York Auto Show, South Florida Opulence sat down with Tony Joseph, Director of McLaren North America, and Rob Rizzo, East Coast Regional Sales Manager, to find out more about this new supercar and where it fits in the already impressive McLaren lineup.
Rob: “The great thing about the 650S is that it had a wide range of usability from comfort to track type settings, and with the 570S, we have made it more livable as well. We’ve redesigned the carbon monocell, changing the shape of the door sills and the way the doors open to make entry and exit easier. We’ve created more interior space and more visibility, more storage inside the cabin, as well as in the boot, eliminating all of the obstacles that would have made the 650 a less than ideal daily driver even though it could have acted as one. You take a lot of that DNA that we have in the 650 and the P1 and make it more usable, more friendly, and you broaden the appeal and make it more enjoyable on a daily basis. That was the main design ethos of the car: to eliminate any of those obstacles.”
Entry level and daily driver often mean compromise and making things softer, but this is not the case with the 570S. With 562 horsepower on tap and a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds, this car’s performance is anything but entry level.
Tony: “It’s not a watered-down version of a 650, it’s actually a redesigned interpretation of our technology. With this car and its competitive set, it will, in all cases, outdo the competition. The performance figures are on par with the competition’s next step up, yet it isn’t in that segment.”
One of the most amazing things about the 570S is that it avoids a gas-guzzler tax and has the lowest CO2 emissions in the segment. The fact that it weighs in at 2,895lbs through the clever use of lightweight materials helps achieve these lofty efficiency targets.
Just because it’s entry level does not mean customers can’t spec their cars to their exact desire.
Rob: “With McLaren Special Operations, you can have MSO defined options. These have become popular over the years and we’ve made them standardized for MSO and easier to order, certain carbon bits, etcetera, but you can get as specific as you want, you can say I want this stitching, I want this fabric, I want this color sample. It can be as bespoke as you like.”
With its new 570S, McLaren has brought supercar performance to a more attainable level than ever before. Just by the specs and the sheer presence of the car in person, it is clear McLaren has created a winner. I’m looking forward to driving this one.