Deliveries will begin by the end of the year, but before that McLaren has been doing their pre-production work. In testing the performance vehicles have already been driven over 300,000 miles on both race tracks and public roads.
Of these miles the 570S and 540C where driven in extreme conditions. For high temperature testing they went through the hot summers of Arizona and Nevada. To make sure things don’t stop in the cold they also were taken to the extreme cold of Northern Sweden in the winter.
Andreas Bareis, Executive Director – Quality at McLaren Automotive explained: “The pre-production phase is one of the most important, and also one of the most demanding, in a product readiness phase at McLaren. Up to this point, vehicles have been running in various locations around the world and subjected to some of the harshest conditions, and we are testing every component and system to the extreme. This final phase brings all testing together for the first time in a package that is representative of the cars our owners will be taking delivery of.”
“As we move forward as a business we take learnings from previous projects and current products, and now moving into the sports car sector, the programme has become the most challenging to date as we push the bar of quality and performance even higher. The relentless drive for continuously improving quality within all business areas, with a focus on the pre-production phase, enables us to achieve a significant milestone which was set as a key target at the beginning of the programme. It is a real achievement by the different teams across the business that have helped progress to this point.”
The McLaren 570S starts at $184,900 and the 540C can be had for $161,000. While those are still high prices, they are much lower than the company’s past sports cars.