Over the last few months, we have been bringing you spy shots and updates on the upcoming replacement of the McLaren 650S. Now, the British sportscar maker has released the first teaser image of the new supercar, which will be part of the brand’s Super Series.
Along with the teaser image, McLaren has also revealed a few details about the new car, including a statement that it will be twice as aerodynamically efficient as the 650S. It will boast up to 50 per cent more downforce than the current model and will have better cooling. “The second-generation McLaren Super Series will be as aerodynamically impressive as it is visually beautiful,” says Mark Vinnels, executive director, Product Development, McLaren Automotive. “A range of advanced aerodynamic technologies contributes to maximum generated downforce over 50 per cent greater than that of the McLaren 650S and ensures truly outstanding levels of grip and stability,” he adds.
Vinnels also promises 15 per cent better cooling efficiency and a particular focus on airflow to the engine’s high temperature radiators through a unique new design of dihedral door. Apparently two separate air ducts have been integrated within the door structure, with one forcing air from the top of the door down into radiators while the other draws air out of the front wheel arch to create increased downforce. McLaren says this is an improvement over the diffuser technology first seen in the P1TM.
The teaser shows the rear wing, which extends over the full rear width of the car, and as McLaren says, will deploy to its most extreme angle to act as an airbrake in less than half a second to optimise balance when braking from high speeds. And as you can see from the pics, there’s an abundance of carbon fibre even on the exterior with the naked magic weave extending to the top of the car, which also points to significant weight reduction over the car it replaces.
McLaren says full details and pricing will be announced closer to its official debut on March 7 at the Geneva motor show.