McLaren owners and fans from all corners of the world came to California to celebrate Monterey Car Week 2017, joining the British brand at The Quail, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and Laguna Seca Raceway. Two great protagonists of the Monterey Car Week 2017 are McLaren 520s and McLaren 720s.
Monterey Car Week 2017 (AUGUST 18 – 26, 2018)
Monterey Car Week 2017 is a tradition going back over half a century. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a place where the world’s collector cars compete. Only the 200 best collector cars in the world can take part. They will receive official recognition for technical merit, style, and historical accuracy. All over Monterey County, golf courses, classic cars take to streets, parks, and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The McLaren 570S Spider is is a guarantee for plenty of fresh air enjoyment. McLaren has given the 570S a foldable hardtop made of two parts. The convertible top technology is similar to the 650S Spider and 675LT Spider models.
Top provides 46 kg additional weight
The complete canopy construction should weigh only 46 kilograms. Additional stiffening of the chassis should not be necessary despite the open roof. The Spider should have the same torsional stiffness as the coupé. The roof can be opened and closed electro-hydraulically at the push of a button. The transformation should be possible within 15 seconds and up to a speed of 40 km/h. The folded hood disappears under a fixed cover behind the driver’s seats. The rear window between the two airdromes can be lowered electrically and used as a wind deflector.
Since the McLaren 570S Spider generates less downforce than the coupé with its drawn lines, McLaren reacted with a changed rear spoiler. It was mounted almost 12 mm higher and is designed to compensate for the output loss. So, it is grayed grey as standard, it can be ordered in visible carbon. The hood box cover and the new engine cover are also made of carbon fiber.
McLaren 570s: 315 km/h with open roof
On the drive side, the McLaren 570S Spider carries the same hardware as the 570S Coupé. The 3.8-litre V8 with turbocharging delivers 570 hp and provides a maximum torque of 600 Nm. Shifting is done with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which only transfers the drive power to the rear wheels. The McLaren 570S Spider should be able to run from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. 200 km/h are reached after 9.6 seconds. The maximum speed is 328 km/h when the hood is closed. If you want to try it with the roof open, you can look forward to a maximum speed of 315 km/h.
In the last five years, the British brand has sold more than 10,000 cars. The McLaren 720s spider is the next attack on the supercar establishment. The McLaren 720S is the successor of the 650S. The British project comprises 15 new models or derivatives, such as spiders. Half of these vehicles will be electrified, and in addition to the plug-in hybrids, there will also be an Ultimate Series car that will be powered purely electrically.
The 720S is the first model of the second generation of the Super Series and will provide a distance to the McLaren 570 and even the 675 LT. The elegant form of the 4.54-meter-long super sports car is not disfigured by conspicuous spoilers. This aesthetic design enables so-called “air ducts,” channels that direct the air into orderly paths and thus generate about 30 percent more output than the 650S. Not only does this improve the appearance of the vehicle, but it also reduces drag.
McLaren 720s Engine
The 720 hp, double-charged V8 petrol engine with 770 Nm and the internal code M840T provides propulsion. It is based on the engine block of the predecessor model 650S, but about forty percent of the parts are new. The highly carbon-rich chassis (Monocage II) reduces the weight to 1283 kilograms, 18 less than the 650 S Coupé. Driving performance: After 2.9 seconds, the 720S reaches the speed of a country road, after a crazy short 7.8 seconds it reaches 200 km/h and after only 21.4 seconds 300 km/h. The maximum speed is 341 km/h. On average, the McLaren 720S can treat itself to 10.7 l/100 km. At least as important is the extreme agility typical for McLaren racers, precise steering and, above all, very well-dosed, effective brakes.
McLaren completely redesigned the cockpit. It starts with the gullwing doors, which project further into the roof of the vehicle and use up 16 centimeters less space than before. So, the new design makes boarding much easier than before. The improved ergonomics are very pleasant to sit on during the trial sitting session. Even tall people have room in the comfortable integral seats, the air around the head remains airy, and a perfect sitting position is quickly found.