McLaren at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The McLaren 570S Coupé will lead the charge at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed making its global dynamic debut when it joins the famous Supercar Run. It will be joined by the McLaren P1™ GTR and 650S Le Mans, both strictly limited in production and rarely seen in public, and marking the first time McLaren has ever demonstrated models from all three of its recently announced product tiers: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series. In addition, the popular McLaren House will return located as last year, adjacent to the iconic Goodwood House overlooking the Hill course, with cars, guest speakers and historic McLaren memorabilia honouring the ‘Flatout and Fearless’ theme of this year’s Festival.

McLaren 650S

Following its unveil at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year, and a highly successful global tour, the 570S Coupé will take to the Goodwood Hill course throughout the Festival weekend. Fitted with a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, producing 570PS (562bhp), the 570S Coupé joins the McLaren model line-up as the most powerful model in the recently launched Sports Series, and introduces McLaren DNA and supercar performance to the sports car segment. The lightweight and purposeful model will make its global dynamic debut ahead of first customer deliveries beginning later this year. It can also be seen on the stage at McLaren House.

The 650S Le Mans being brought by McLaren to Goodwood is particularly special. Codenamed ‘XP1’, it is the experimental prototype of the special edition coupé-only model built by McLaren Special Operations, in collaboration with McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famous endurance race victory. As with the 50 production models which are now sold out, XP1 is finished in bespoke Sarthe Grey, inspired by the colour of the race-winning McLaren F1 GTR, with contrasting McLaren Orange highlights. It features styling enhancements from the 1995 race-winner, including a fully-integrated roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake, and wing louvres designed to reduce pressure over the front wheels.

The track-dedicated McLaren P1™ GTR will feature alongside the 650S Le Mans in the Supercar Paddock, and will make its UK dynamic debut at the Festival of Speed. The 1,000PS (986 bhp) model will take part in the dynamic display throughout the weekend, having attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans to be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the McLaren F1 GTR victory.

Completing the dynamic display will be the McLaren 650S GT3, which was unveiled at the Festival of Speed last year. The 650S GT3 has enjoyed success globally in its competitive debut season, already securing podium finishes in five championships at circuits across North America and Europe with McLaren GT customer teams.

McLaren House will host a range of models prepared by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to celebrate the ‘Flatout and Fearless’ theme, each highlighting a ‘moment’ from throughout the history of McLaren and the legendary drivers who have driven for the team over the years.

Visitors will also be invited to be photographed behind the wheel of a McLaren 650S Spider in return for a donation of £2 to the halow project (, the selected beneficiary of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The halow project is a Guildford-based charity committed to supporting young people with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person. From its community based social activities and learning programmes, to its 1:1 personalised support via its Buddy service, halow helps young people to gain confidence, skills and be supported to live as independently as possible.

Note: Press release courtesy McLaren Cars.