MSO announces High Downforce Kit for McLaren 570S

June 7, 2019

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is up to its usual tricks, this time creating a “high downforce” kit for the Sports Series models. That is, the 570S and 570S Spider.

Officially called the High Downforce Kit, or HDK, it’s a complete aerodynamics upgrade mainly for the rear end that includes an under-body makeover with special guide vanes for airflow, as well as a big rear wing mounted on two struts with end plates for stability.

The HDK isn’t just a cosmetic thing. McLaren says that at speed the kit provides an additional 75kg of downforce, improving stability, traction and overall handling. Carl Whipp, global aftersales director at McLaren, said:

“We are constantly looking for opportunities to make the latest and very best designs and technologies available not only to new car buyers but also to customers who already own a McLaren. The new MSO Defined High Downforce Kit is a perfect example of this ethos, offering both a transformative visual enhancement and dynamic benefits.”

The parts are made from carbon fibre, while the wing struts are made from aluminium and painted in gloss black with Palladium Grey inlays. On either side, the end plates feature special silver chromatic MSO logos complete with a lacquer top coat.

MSO offers a number of customisation options for all McLaren models, including unique colour and trim combinations, bespoke wheels and carbon parts, and performance upgrades. The HDK has a retail price of £7950 in the UK, with fitment taking around four hours.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.