McLaren 650S SprintThe new McLaren 650S Sprint has completed homologation for global racing and will make its debut this weekend at Donington Park.

The £198,000 (plus taxes) car will star in three races of the penultimate GT Cup round, driven by McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell and German-based Brit journalist Dale Lomas. McLaren GT customer team Von Ryan Racing will run the new 650S Sprint racer.

McLaren Automotive’s racing MD Andrew Kirkaldy said: ‘The 650S Sprint is an evolution of the successful 12C GT Sprint, and moves the game on as the 650S road car has done. The 650S Sprint is an easier car to fully exploit and enjoy for a driver, and the levels of engagement and refinement have been optimised.

“The development programme for the car has been extensive so far, with many thousands of kilometres completed on various tracks, but this will be the ultimate test – a real race situation with a highly competitive grid.”

Using the same engine and transmission as the 650S road car (albeit with different calibration), the McLaren 650S Sprint is made into racer-spec courtesy of an aero kit for the body and revised air intakes to cool the 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine. The interior also has a racing makeover, but the firm has tried to keep it as production-spec as it can to keep costs down.

Following this weekend’s race debut, the 650S Sprint will go on to race in North American and the Middle East: eligibility has been confirmed for the NARRA US GT series, SCCA GT Championship and the UAE GT series.