You’re looking at two products of one of McLaren’s newest, hottest and most impressive special projects. The company has announced a run of 10 ‘MSO X’ badged 570S cars, but these beauties are much more than just a styling exercise.
Every one of the 10 cars, of which numbers eight and 10 are pictured, has been re-engineered to emulate the real feel of the 570S GT4 race car without removing their road-legal certification. The outside appearance is a carbon copy of the racer’s, too, minus the graphics, plus lights, glass etc.
That massive rear wing adds an extra 100kg of downforce at track speeds. The ‘goose neck’ carbonfibre roof duct adds functional extra induction airflow, and apparently it also sounds amazing from the cockpit. We can believe it.
The engine is technically the same, only with ‘enhanced induction airflow.’ We’d expect that between the induction and the exhaust there might be a few extra ponies leaping around in there. As we know, McLaren likes to under-state its outputs…
At the front, the GT4-style bonnet has air intakes that work with the roof duct and rear wing as “a complete MSO aerodynamic package.” The exhaust is an MSO trinket; a Titanium Super Sports item that saves weight and sounds like Hell is giving birth to twins.
Inside, it’s as minimalist and racy as you’d expect. The carbonfibre monocell is deliberately left bare, exposed in all its lightweight glory. Poke around and you’ll find that the two bucket seats’ shells are carbonfibre too, as is the bulkhead with stowage space for a race helmet. Almost everything that can be made from the good stuff, is, both inside and out.
Each of the cars gets a colour-matched harness bar to which six-point harnesses are fixed. Don’t worry, though; if you’re only popping to the shops there are regular three-point belts installed as well.
The amazing collection was commissioned and ordered by McLaren Newport Beach in Orange County, California. Because of course it was. You just know that the dealer will be able to charge more or less exactly what it likes for them…