But wait; wasn’t the 650S meant to be the track-focused version of the 12C? Not quite, as Goodwin explained recently to Auto Express.
He said that only about 12 percent of McLaren customers like to take their cars to the track, so the 650S was developed with a bias towards road driving. He also said there was a lot more McLaren engineers could do with the 650S.
No details on what a track-focused 650S would be like were mentioned, but with the stock car already extracting 641 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8, we suspect most of the changes will center on reducing weight and increasing downforce. The track-focused version of the 12C, the 12C GT Sprint, shows what's possible.