New McLaren 620R sets the pace as road-legal version of McLaren GT4 race car

9 Dec 2019

McLaren today announces the 620R, the first car in its class to offer true motorsport credentials in a fully road-legal package. The limited-edition coupé – just 350 will be built – evolves the competition specification of the McLaren 570S GT4 to deliver a race-car experience on either track or road.

“The McLaren 570S GT4 is a first-class GT race car that having won races in every championship it has competed in since its first appearance in 2017 is attracting an increasing number of customer racing teams. Now, in response to repeated customer requests, we have homologated that class-leading package for the road in the new McLaren 620R, a limited-edition, 620PS superlight coupé that is the perfect choice for an enthusiast wanting an authentic motorsport driving sensation – and performance to match – on both track and road.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

The McLaren 620R is a unique proposition, delivering a pure motorsport experience in a road car with authenticity: it looks like a race car, handles like a race car, performs like a race car and feels like a race car. The result overall is a seamless transition from race to road – and vice versa. Exclusive and extreme in equal measure, the McLaren 620R retains the DNA of a fully homologated track car yet is free from the restrictions that race regulations apply.

The 620R has the same M838TE 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine used in the GT4 car, but with a significant difference in power output; freedom from racing regulations has allowed the engine ECU and turbocharger management to be reconfigured to achieve 610bhp, making this the most powerful Sports Series car yet. The engine also develops torque of 457lb ft and even with lap times more important than sheer top speed, the combined outputs helps to deliver benchmark performance figures of 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph in 8.1 seconds. Maximum speed is 200mph.

Fitment of the GT4’s two-way manually adjustable coilover motorsport dampers adds to the 620R’s motorsport credentials. The dampers also help to bring weight down overall, being more than 13lbs lighter than the regular Sports Series units. The suspension features lightweight aluminum wishbones and uprights and stiffer anti-roll bars.

Stopping power comes from McLaren’s latest lightweight braking system, which in the track-focused set-up on the new 620R comprises carbon ceramic discs (390mm front, 380mm rear) and forged aluminum brake calipers all round, with improved pedal response, modularity and resistance to fade even after repeated hard-driven circuit laps. The braking performance is unsurprisingly also extremely impressive on the road, where the 620R runs as standard with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tires, but drivers who swap to the optional, full-slick motorsport tires when they arrive on circuit will experience a whole new level of braking.

High levels of mechanical grip are an essential part of the 620R’s track parentage, but it is the car’s aerodynamic performance that elevates it to the status of a road-legal GT4 racer. The adjustable carbon fibre rear wing is the same component fitted to the 570S GT4. Raised 12.5in into the cleaner airflow above the vehicle to increase downforce while minimizing drag, the wing is road legal thanks to its newly incorporated third brake light. Customers will receive their cars with the wing set to the least aggressive of its three available angles, optimizing front/rear balance for road driving. The more aggressive angles – which can be set by a McLaren retailer – increase rear downforce still further, contributing to a maximum of 408lbs and enabling even quicker circuit-running.

While the rear wing quite literally stands out as an obvious distinguishing feature on the 620R, it is not the only component adapted from the GT4’s aggressive track specification to meet road homologation standards. The front bumper, splitter and bonnet have been redesigned – the splitter retaining pronounced aero blades and cut-out – while the carbon fibre bonnet has twin nostrils to aid downforce and clean up the airflow over the top of the car. Downforce at the front of the car is further increased by dive planes that create vortices of low-pressure air at track level and help accelerate airflow along the car’s sides, as well as significantly aiding brake-cooling. The dive planes contribute up to 66lbs of downforce as part of the 143lbs delivered by the full frontal aero package.

In addition, the North American model can be specified with a special MSO upgrade package that features a gloss finish Visual Carbon Fibre roof with a roof scoop to maximize engine intake and exhaust sound, MSO Defined gloss finish carbon fibre roof cantrails and the McLaren Track Telemetry system with lap time function and 3 cameras to record those exhilarating track moments – all at no extra cost.

620R production will be limited to just 350 customer orders, all hand-built at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey. Production will begin in January, with each car costing from $299,000 USD.

To discover more about the new McLaren 620R ‘road-legal GT4 race car’, customers can go to https://cars.mclaren.com/en/latest/post/mclaren-620R or contact a McLaren retailer.

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McLaren 620R

Technical Specification

Engine configuration

M838TE engine, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,799cc

Drivetrain layout

Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD

Power bhp/kW @ rpm

611/456 @ 7,000

Torque lb ft @ rpm

457 @ 3,500

Transmission

7-Speed seamless-shift gearbox (SSG)

Steering

Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted

Chassis

Carbon fibre MonoCell II monocoque, with aluminium front and rear crash structures

Suspension

Anti-roll bars, wishbones and uprights

Manually adjustable two-way motorsport dampers with 32 settings for rebound and compression

Optional adaptive dampers with Normal, Sport and Track modes

Brakes

Carbon Ceramic Brakes with 6-piston aluminium calipers front and 4-piston aluminium calipers rear

Wheels (inches)

8J x 19 Front and 11J x 20 Rear

Tires

Pirelli P Zero® Trofeo R or Pirelli Slick tyres 225/35/R19 Front and 285/35/R20 Rear

Length, inches

179.4

Wheelbase, inches

105.1

Height, inches

47.0

Width, with mirrors, inches

82.5

Width, mirrors folded, inches

80.5

Width, without mirrors, inches

76.6

Track (to contact patch centre), inches

Front: 66.2; Rear: 63.7

Lightest dry weight, lbs

2,826.3

DIN Kerb weight [fluids + 90% fuel], lbs

3,055.6

Fuel tank capacity, USA gallons

19

Luggage capacity, cubic feet

4.2



Performance data

0-0-60mph

2.8 seconds

0-62mph

2.9 seconds

0-124mph

8.1 seconds

0-400m / ¼ mile

10.4 seconds

Maximum speed

200mph

124mph-0 braking, ft

379

62mph-0 braking, ft

96

 

Efficiency

Fuel consumption, US mpg

City

15

Highway

23

Combined

18

Notes to editors:

A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – cars.mclaren.press

 

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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 defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series, Ultimate Series and Motorsport which are retailed through over 80 retailers in more than 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.

In 2018, the company launched the 600LT and the first two cars of Track25, the McLaren Speedtail, the next Ultimate Series, and McLaren’s first ever Hyper-GT, and 720S Spider. It also opened a new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region in the North of England that will see it produce the next generation of lightweight carbon fibre ‘tubs’ that are at the heart of all McLaren cars.

2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider confirmed as the third car of Track25, with a new GT car announced and the previously-confirmed track-only Senna GTR unveiled.

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, technology and solutions. These include Richard Mille, Pirelli, Dell Technologies, Ashurst, AkzoNobel and OnePlus.

 

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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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