Driving a McLaren 570S on sheet ice and snow won't be at all terrifying.
It’s hard enough controlling a car with 100 horsepower on snow and ice, never mind one with 570 hp. But a few lucky/crazy individuals will get to wrestle the 570 hp McLaren 570S on the new Pure McLaren Arctic Experience.
Pure McLaren is the British supercar maker’s in-house experience provider, which puts on track days, driving schools, and tours. The ice driving experience will be staged at the huge Test World facility in Ivalo, Finland, 300 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle.
The drivers’ skills will be put to the test both on the assorted snow and sheet-ice tracks at Test World, and out on the public road. McLaren’s professional instructors will be on hand to coach the drivers through the experience, each of whom will be put through a program tailored around their base skill level. For some, it’ll just be an exercise in building confidence, while others will get to perfect more advanced maneuvers. Though full-on hoon mode will probably be out of the question. Safety, and all that.
There are other activities to indulge in, too, like a husky safari or a snowmobile expedition. Everyone stays in the Jarvi Lodge, a beautiful log house built by Finland’s longest-serving president, Urho Kekkonen.
Even on studded tires, driving a 570S along wintry roads will be a pretty senior proposition. It’s powered by a mid-mounted, 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, throwing out that 570 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque. On dry asphalt, McLaren quotes a 0 to 100 kilometers per hour time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h.
The three-day Arctic Experience runs from January 7 to February 14, 2017. Groups of up to 14 - both drivers and non-drivers, McLaren owners and non-owners - can be accommodated.
Then there’s just the (not so) small matter of price. There’s no other way of saying it: it’s £12,500 (about $20,400 CAD). Ouch.