While most racing fans love to see a good drift, often, it is not the most methodological test procedure. This next generation McLaren 650s proves otherwise.
McLaren's chief test driver Chris Goodwin also thinks drifting is the best way to test a car. In a video below, fans can see Godwin flogging the upcoming second-generation Super Series in one of McLaren's test tracks.
The model is in full camouflage, so as not to reveal any important details about the Supercar. In an interview, Goodwin says, "Drifting isn't just about show-boating and having fun. It teaches us quite a lot about the car and drives us in a direction that serves every driver on an everyday driving situation on the road."
The successor of the 650S will likely be called the 720S, although nothing has been confirmed yet. In the video, fans can see Goodwin try and push the upcoming McLaren supercar to its limits.
Goodwin slides the supercar like a professional drifter in the track. Interestingly enough, Goodwin provided some insight on why he thinks drifting is important when it comes to testing a car. He said:
"We have a mid-engine car with a super-stiff carbon fiber chassis. The lightweight development of our MonoCage II, allows the suspension to accurately do its thing, and the control, and the development of the tires are all key in being able to drive the car to and over the limit, creating those nice perfect sustained drifts and not going under and over the limit too much."
Come to think if it, drifting does seem important when it comes to supercar development. Especially to a high-end company like McLaren.
Fans can also see the 650S replacement's active rear wing in action for the first time. Very much like the last-generation McLaren 650S and 675LT, the new Super Series is expected to have an active rear wing which work hand in hand with the car's brakes and aerodynamics.
The successor to the McLaren 650S will feature a brand new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. It will have as much as 700 horsepower.
The new Super Series will also use a new carbon fiber chassis loosely based off the P1's chassis. Keep checking back to Auto World News for more details.