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McLaren unveils MSO HS limited edition, based on 650S

August 19, 2016

McLaren has lifted the veil on a super-exclusive MSO creation known as the HS, based on the 650S which makes up part of McLaren’s Super Series range.

McLaren MSO HS

HS represents High Sport, which is a bit of an understatement considering the muscle this car is packing. It is powered by a tweaked version of the McLaren 650S 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8, with output now standing at 506kW/700Nm, peak torque is available all the way through 3000-7000rpm. That’s 9kW more than the insane 675LT, with torque remaining the same.

The HS comes with a full carbon fibre package, now with the roof and hood getting the lightweight treatment over other McLaren models, with the glass used for the windows replaced with a thinner, lighter sheet of polycarbonate. The wheels also receive a weight-saving touch.

McLaren has drawn inspiration from the P1 GTR’s monstrous rear wing for the HS, which the company says now produces just under 220kg of downforce at 241km/h. It also acts as an air-brake under harsh deceleration. To match the power upgrade, there’s been some fiddling to the carbon-ceramic braking system too.

The HS is obviously a track-focussed vehicle, with owners set to benefit from McLaren’s extensive F1 knowledge through the latest on-board telemetry system (MTT) that provides a mammoth amount of data for you to ponder after a day at the track. The system also works alongside three cameras, facing front, rear and over the driver’s shoulder – the latter could well provide an interesting driver’s eye angle of a very expensive crash.

How can you get one? Quite simply, you can’t… Unless you’ve already received a letter from McLaren, all 25 units to be made are accounted for.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.