Pure McLaren Thermal Club kicks off with delivery of special McLaren 570S Spider

9 Oct 2018

  • Second North American Pure McLaren Program held at the Thermal Club Oct. 4-6
  • Special 570S Spider delivered to customer by Amanda McLaren; was purchased as winning bid at Argento Ball auction for $948,000 to the benefit of the Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Final Pure McLaren event for North America at COTA Nov. 7-11

Pure McLaren Thermal Club – the second track of the program’s three-stop inaugural year in North America—saw a successful event Oct. 4-6. As the exclusive driving program of McLaren Automotive, Pure McLaren gives owners and prospective owners the chance to experience the performance of McLaren sports and super cars in the controlled environment of a race track. The Thermal Club event was well attended by both experienced and novice drivers alike, and a special driver was included in the weekend—the new owner of the 570S Spider auctioned at the Argento Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which saw a winning bid of $948,000. 

The Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was established in 1992, is one of the world’s leading international not-for-profit organisations working year-round to support those affected by HIV.

Funds raised at the Argento Ball will provide many young people, especially young men with HIV information, the means to test themselves for HIV, and access to medical care if they need it.

"We are thrilled with the success of the Argento Ball. Funds raised can make a real impact for our work with young people,” said Sir Elton John.

Amanda McLaren, the only child of McLaren founder Bruce McLaren, was on site to deliver the 570S Spider to its new owner. Finished in Blade Silver to honor the silver anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the 570S Spider features a variety of red and Stealth accents, including MSO Defined Indian Red seatbelts, red brake calipers, 10-Spoke Lightweight Wheels in Stealth, and Sports Exhaust insisted in Stealth. Also included is the Luxury Pack, which includes power adjust heated memory Sports Seats, power adjust steering column, Bowers and Wilkins Speaker Audio System and soft close doors.

 “Whether on the street or on track, McLaren builds cars that are meant to be driven,” said Tony Joseph, President, McLaren North America. “The benefit of Pure McLaren is that it doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time on track or if you are an experienced driver, the program can be tailored to guarantee your level of knowledge grows deeper, which helps you get the most enjoyment out of your car. It was especially great to see this special 570S Spider, which was purchased to benefit a good cause, taken immediately to the track – an environment where the car feels at home.”

The McLaren Pure program has a variety of offerings, ranging from a half day course with driving coaching sessions in a McLaren 570S or McLaren 720S, to a full day circuit experience in a McLaren owner’s personal car. All courses let owners and prospects enjoy McLarens in their natural environment on track, and bespoke elements include one-to-one driver coaching with professional race drivers, video analysis and telemetry sessions, a dedicated technical team and pit garage set up, along with VIP hospitality, hotels and circuit transfers. An additional two-and-a-half-day long Performance Academy Race Level 3 course behind the wheel of a McLaren 570S GT4 race car is also offered.

The final Pure McLaren offering for North America in 2018 is at COTA Nov. 7-11. More information can be found by e-mailing the team at: NAexperiences@mclaren.com or by visiting the website at: http://cars.mclaren.com/experiences/pure-mclaren.


Notes to Editors:

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About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.

Announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the company’s Track25 business plan will see it invest £1.2billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

2017 saw the company launch further models including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. In 2018, the company launched the 600LT.

To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille.

McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive andtechnology and comprises three businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies.

Further information:

Roger Ormisher
Vice President, Communications & PR | McLaren North America
Phone: +1 714 501 8137
Email: roger.ormisher@mclaren.com

Laura Tilley
Public Relations Manager | McLaren North America
Phone: +1 765 517 2186
Email: laura.tilley@mclaren.com

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