Increasing a car’s performance takes one of several routes. There are extreme measures such as turning a 1992 Ford Escort into an eight-second drag car. Then there are more modest paths like adding a wing or additional aerodynamics to help stabilise the vehicle at high speeds or on the track. McLaren is taking the humbler approach with the new MSO Defined High Downforce Kit for its Sports Series models—the 570S Coupe and 570S Spider. The kit adds 75 kg (165 pounds) of downforce.
The High Downforce Kit adds a carbon fibre wing and underbody aerodynamic guide vanes to generate the additional downforce. Black aluminium pylons with grey inlays support the carbon fibre wing. One neat feature of the wing is its integrated high-mounted stop light along with the Palladium Grey endplate inserts with silver chromatic MSO logos.
“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,” commented Carl Whipp, McLaren’s Global Aftersales Director. “The new MSO Defined High Downforce Kit is a perfect example of this ethos, offering both a transformative visual enhancement and dynamic benefits.”
The kit is not cheap, starting at £7,950, which doesn’t include installation. That’s extra and will take approximately four hours to install. It may seem like a steep price, but neither the McLaren 570S Coupe or Spider were cheap either. These are supercars with supercar price tags, which includes any accessories.
However, rarely do such visual enhancements come with real-world performance results. Will most people be able to notice the additional 75 kg of downforce? No, probably not. But the McLaren owner who takes their 570S to the track will notice, and that’s who McLaren is targeting with this new aero kit. And for those who don't track their McLaren, the wing still looks great.
Gallery: McLaren 570S MSO defined high downforce kit
MSO Defined High Downforce Kit for Sports Series models joins McLaren Genuine Accessory range
- Official McLaren-designed aero package for 570S Coupé and 570S Spider joins McLaren Genuine Accessory range
- Visual Carbon Fibre wing with central stop light adds visual drama; combines with aerodynamic guide vanes additional to underside of car to generate further 165lbs of downforce
- MSO Defined High Downforce Kit available only from McLaren retailers; recommended retail price starting at £7,950 (UK)
A High Downforce Kit (HDK) offering owners of McLaren Sports Series models a significant visual and aerodynamic upgrade to their cars is now available in the McLaren Genuine Accessory range.
Designed exclusively by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) for the 570S Coupé and 570S Spider, the HDK– which is available only from McLaren retailers – comprises a rear wing and underfloor guide vanes to better direct airflow that together ensure optimum aerodynamic balance is maintained.
Fitment of the HDK delivers an additional 165lbs of downforce, enhancing stability in high-speed cornering and further enhancing the immersive handling at all speeds for which McLaren Sports Series models are renowned.
“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,” commented Carl Whipp, Global Aftersales Director, McLaren Automotive. “The new MSO Defined High Downforce Kit is a perfect example of this ethos, offering both a transformative visual enhancement and dynamic benefits.”
The visually dominant rear wing also brings a new aesthetic appeal, enhancing the already striking appearance and stance of the Sports Series Coupé and Spider. As the only rear wing of this type developed and tested by McLaren Automotive for Sports Series modelsthe HDK wing is much more than an ‘add-on’ accessory, playing as it does a significant role in further enhancing aerodynamic performance and dynamic ability.
Constructed from carbon fibre for light weight and strength, the rear wing, which is finished in Visual Carbon Fibre, has a distinctive profile tailored for maximum aerodynamic benefit and ‘dips’ in the center to reflect the contour of the car body. Gloss black aluminum pylons with contrasting Palladium Grey inlays support the wing and house the wiring for the integral, central high-mounted stop light. The wing endplates feature inserts – again in Palladium Grey – with silver chromatic MSO logos under the lacquer top coat.
The HDK has a recommended retail price in the UK of £7,950 including VAT. Fitment at a McLaren retailer will take approximately four hours and is an additional cost.
More information and video assets on the new MSO Defined High Downforce Kit for McLaren Sports Series models can be found at: https://cars.mclaren.com/ownership/high-downforce-kit or from McLaren retailers.