The Way of The English

Great Britain's motoring history typically conjures up images of big luxurious grand-tourers from brands such as Aston Martin and Bentley or darting sports cars such as Austin Healeys and Triumphs instead of world-class supercars capable of thrilling excitement. Mclaren cars have been working tirelessly to push that mindset since the debut of the original F1 road car close to thirty years ago.

Fast forward to a decade ago, and Mclaren's new sports series line debuting with the MP4-12C, later spawning other new models such as the 570S have been working to perfect the formula of ease of use and technological advancement.

The 570S is the smallest of the bunch, weighing in at 1452kg (3201lbs). This machine aims for popular supercars such as the Porsche 911 Turbo, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Audi R8 V10 Plus, and others. A carbon-fibre tub is used as the passenger shell, and extruded aluminum subframes attach to both ends onto which aluminum body panels are affixed.

LED headlights and taillights highlight its teardrop shape (likened to a compact-sized P1) with venting to move air flow through heat exchangers and manipulate it for better aerodynamics with diffusers on both ends and a flat underbody.

The most important aspect of the junior Mclaren is its heart. An all-aluminum 3.8 litre V8 equipped with twin turbochargers, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic produced by Dana Graziano. The V8 (by a long twist of fate) is derived initially from Nissan's VRH series that powered cars such as the R390 GT1, featuring a flat-plane crankshaft and dry-sump lubrication, giving it a signature sound.

While similar to the engine in the 650S (another in the Sports Series), this eight-cylinder produces 562hp and 443lb/ft of torque. All of that power propels the 570 from 0-100km/h (62mph) in 3.2 seconds, through the quarter-mile in 11 seconds flat, and onto a top speed of 328km/h (204mph).

To be at the forefront of innovation, Mclaren needed the chassis and suspension to respond well to the power provided. So it employs double-wishbone geometry at all four corners. Though it uses conventional coil springs, traditional shock absorbers and sway bars have been binned in favour of a hydraulic system dubbed "Proactive chassis control system" that can adjust in milliseconds to adapt for certain load conditions and keep the 570 level during cornering.

With all of that power on tap, the braking capability of the 570S needed to be up the task of bringing the car to rest. Multi-piston aluminum calipers paired with large diameter carbon-ceramic discs (370mm front, 350mm rear) provide adequate capabilities of bringing your stomach up to your chest, should the need arise to slow down. Uniquely, the Mclaren also uses its braking system to put the power down through corners with a feature dubbed "Brake Steer." Rather than using a limited-slip differential, the 570S applies mild braking to the inside wheel during a turn to help point the nose into the apex and allow it to turn more quickly.

Unfortunately, as of 2021, the 570S and the rest of the Sports Series range have been discontinued. Instead, the new Artura and its hybrid powertrain replaced it, bringing Mclaren into a new realm of technology and innovation. Though the 570S is recently departed, it leaves its mark on the world as being just as competitive as its contemporaries.

- Team 604

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