My silence last week was partly due to the fact that I went to New York to see the covers come off the new McLaren 570S.
Avoiding the Geneva scrum-fest was a good idea by the people from Woking, and as I stood in some cool converted warehouse with the baby Mac hidden under a white sheet, all seemed well with the world.
Anyone who was there for the car-crash that was the original 12C launch event in 2011 would, like me, have been quietly pleased by the sanity and modesty of this launch. Yes, there was the slightly strange Black Swan Moment which needed to reach its conclusion (please don’t ask me to explain the Black Swan thing – I can’t) and then it was covers-off and a word from boss man Mike Flewitt.
You’d like Mike Flewitt – he’s a car man’s CEO. He talks in facts and numbers, he doesn’t exaggerate and yet he also speaks with a genuine passion for his product and employees.
‘At the same point in proceedings for the 12C four years ago, Ron Dennis had told us the car would beat a 458 and that most other cars were pretty rubbish anyway.’
He told us the car would cost almost exactly the same as a Porsche 991 Turbo S in North America and the UK pricing is almost identical too. It offers unprecedented performance for the money and I think everyone present thought it looked very special indeed.
At the same point in proceedings for the 12C four years ago, Ron Dennis had told us the car would beat a 458 and that most other cars were pretty rubbish anyway. The hubris was flowing along the floor and out under the door. Flewitt is much more cautious and respectful of rival cars, but you can tell by his grin and the slightly chest-forward stance that he knows he has McLaren’s first series-production car that could well shake-up the competition.
The covers came off again at the New York show two days later. I had a ten-minute chat about the specification and dynamics with chief test driver Chris Goodwin.
Here’s the video.