McLaren fans (and who isn’t, frankly) have a treat lined up at the Festival of Speed: the driving debut of the 570S Coupe, the P1 GTR and limited-edition 650S Le Mans in the Michelin Supercar Paddock, the sight of the 650S GT3 going up the Hill and the return of McLaren House, adjacent to Goodwood House, with cars, guest speakers and historic McLaren memorabilia honouring the ‘Flatout and Fearless …’ theme of this year’s Festival.
The 570S Coupe was unveiled at the New York motor show earlier this year and will take to the Hill throughout the weekend as part of the Michelin Supercar Run. Its 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine produces a not-indecent 562bhp, making it the most powerful model in McLaren’s new Sports Series. Customer deliveries begin later this year; we doubt they’ll be disappointed.
The P1 GTR and 650S Le Mans, both limited-production models rarely seen in public, and belonging respectively to the Super Series and Ultimate Series, will join the 570S in the Michelin Supercar Run.
The 650S Le Mans, codenamed XP1, is an experimental prototype, painted in Sarthe Grey, inspired by the race-winning McLaren F1 GTR and has little design nods to the 1995 Le Mans winner, including a roof-mounted snorkel air-intake and wing louvres. It spawned 50 production models, all sold out.
The track-going McLaren P1 GTR is also making its UK driving debut at the Festival of Speed. The stonking 1,000PS (986bhp) model is coming straight from the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the McLaren F1 GTR victory.
Last, but hardly least, the racing 650S GT3, which was unveiled at the Festival of Speed last year, will be at Goodwood again this year, straight from global success in its competitive debut season, where it has achieved podium finishes in five championships at circuits across North America and Europe with McLaren GT customer teams.
Don’t know about you, but I need a little lie-down…