McLaren 570S safety is credited by journalist Sean Evan’s article in Men’s Health Magazine titled “This Car Saved My Life.”
A McLaren 570S Spider fell 70 feet off a California mountain road, and Evans walked away uninjured.
There’s a lot to be impressed about with the McLaren 570S Spider. Its uncompromising styling is magnetic. It offers heart-pounding power and adrenaline producing speed. It delivers coupe-like performance with a retractable hardtop roof.
The numbers are equally impressive. The McLaren 570S Spider has a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter engine that generates 562 horsepower. It has a top speed in excess of 200 mph and can accelerate from zero to 60 in just about three seconds. It is visually stunning and extremely fast. It is also exceptionally safe.
There are a lot of factors involved in creating a supercar with a focus on safety. Its mid-engine design and low center of gravity make it almost impossible to roll. Carbon brakes can bring the 570S Spider smoothly to a standstill from 60 mph in just about 100 feet. Front aluminum beams absorb the impact of front end crashes and multiple interior airbags help protect occupants. Aluminum A-pillars can withstand about three-times the vehicle’s weight. The 570S Spider has a Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and road-hugging Pirelli PZERO CORSA tires. The key component, however, is one that is a part of every McLaren produced. It is an exceptionally strong yet lightweight carbon fiber tub that serves as the strong, yet lightweight shell of the cockpit. In the McLaren 570S Spider, it is the carbon fiber Monocell II.
McLaren Safety & Monocell II
The safety and resiliency of the McLaren 570S Spider were recently documented in an article in Men’s Health Magazine. Written by automotive journalist Sean Evans and titled “This Car Saved My Life”, the article details how Evans survived a crash off a California mountain road in a McLaren 570S Spider. Traveling at about 70 mph, the car’s driver missed a turn and the car soared some 225 feet out from and 70 feet down the mountain, spinning, twisting and crashing through trees, brush, and dirt. While there was a large debris field, the car was largely intact. Both Evans and the driver were uninjured. Credit is being given to the strength of carbon fiber Monocell II.
The carbon tub was first used in the 1981 MP4-1 F-1 race car. Today, production techniques for the Monocell II create a “cocoon” that withstands up to 50 tons of force in a front end crash. It is estimated that the production of a single Monocell II tub costs about $10,000. In the case of Sean Evans, it was money extremely well invested.
McLaren Racing Safety at the Core
The point is that much is made about the power, speed and performance of McLaren automobiles, including the 570S Spider. Rightly so. But some forget that at its core these are automobiles designed for racing. Every feature and innovation is included to make travels in a McLaren as safe as possible. While the dihedral doors, mid-engine design, and aerodynamic looks may attract you, it is the carbon fiber brakes, Monocell II construction, Pirelli Tires and multiple other features that keep you safe.
Any automobile has the potential to exceed the skill of its driver. It is why McLaren doesn’t create supercars for just anyone. These are automobiles designed for the discriminating and those who appreciate craftsmanship and engineering on a higher level. They are for those who appreciate and respect the power of racing DNA and who want to experience driving at its highest level.
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