McLaren wants to turn its potential customers into gentleman racers. The 2017 Pure McLaren program starts next month at the Monza racetrack in Italy, with prices starting from $1,131, converted from British pounds. That price does not, in the traditional sense, include factory support.
The program is open to both enthusiasts and owners (the latter can bring their own cars), and has a 1-to-1 student/instructor ratio. Four levels of courses are available, from beginner to expert. Vehicles include the 562-hp 570S Coupe for the entry-level Dynamic Principles course and the 650S for the advanced courses.
The two top Race Academy courses will be centered on getting customers ready for a real racing experience. Race Level 1 gets you your MSA Race License — sort of an amateur permit — and prepares the driver for his or her first motorsport competition. Race Level 2 is for drivers who have completed Level 1 and want the full experience. Level 2 includes comprehensive race preparation, including a strategy session, and ends with six races against other participants. Upon completion, McLaren says, drivers can get the signatures required to update to a National A License, which is the equivalent to an International D License, and start racing.
Several courses are available, which through expert tuition and integration of on-board telemetry, can take participating guests all the way up from track beginner to performance driver.
The school makes one stop in the U.S. at Circuit of the Americas in November. Check out the packages by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cars.mclaren.com/experiences.
Check out the full schedule below:
May 4-7 at Silverstone, U.K.
June 22-25 at Hockenheim, Germany
July 1 at Goodwood Festival of Speed
July 13-16 at Portimao, Portugal
Sept. 1-4 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Sept. 28-Oct. 10 at Paul Ricard, France
Nov. 14-16 at Circuit of the Americas
Nov. 28-30 at Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain