Take a ride on board the exhilarating McLaren 620R around the Nordschleife
If you thought the 600LT was crazy, wait until you see this...
Revealed to the public last year, the McLaren 620R is about as close as you can get to a road-legal GT4 car, being based upon the 570S GT4 Race Car. Capped at just 350 units globally, the 620R is a hardcore, track-focused supercar that is an assault on the senses, as showcased with great enjoyment by YouTuber Robert Mitchell in this video.
Robert Mitchell on YouTube
One thing that becomes immediately apparent is just how incredibly loud the 620S is, even when not being pushed at 100% (due to the car still being run-in) - the 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 from the 570S is used in the 620R, putting out 612hp and 457 lb/ft of torque - a higher figure than the GT4 car as there is no class restriction on power output for the road car. According to McLaren, it will do 0-62 in 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 200mph.
Power is put down through the rear wheels via a seven-speed 'Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) with so-called 'Inertia Push' technology when the car is in track mode. Inertia Push converts the built-up flywheel energy that would usually be lost when shifting into a burst of additional torque when upshifting, with an accompanying 'crack' heard from the exhaust that is generated due to the split-second cut of the ignition spark when enabled... cool stuff indeed.
The chassis has also been tweaked and improved for the 620R, with numerous new components seen on one of McLarens road cars for the first time. These changes include specific suspension components derived from the factory race cars, adjustable aerodynamics, and an improved, heavy-duty braking system. The large carbon fiber rear wing reminiscent of that found on the McLaren Senna is perhaps the most striking aspect of the car’s design, though it is also functional - its most 'aggressive' setting it gives an additional 185 kg of downforce at 155 mph, something that is sure to benefit drivers pushing the limit of the 620R on track.
It seems that along with all these new parts, McLaren have dialled in the handling for the 620R too, with Robert saying that there is no "typical McLaren understeer" for the 620R, instead the turn-in is nice and sharp and Robert describes it as "UNBELIEVABLY good" - a strong testament indeed.
Do yourself a favour and give the full video a view below - it's fantastic to see such a professional take on the Nurburgring in such a calm, almost serene manner.. even when the traffic doesn't quite do as it's meant to!