Watch IndyCar's Pato O'Ward Shred Tires In A McLaren 620R

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There's a plotline to the video, but feel free to ignore it.

The McLaren Sports Series debuted five years ago with the McLaren 570S - the "cheapest" vehicle you could get from the supercar company. The Sports Series was complemented by the Super and Ultimate Series, each faster and more powerful than the last. Besides the 570S, the 540C, 570GT, 600LT, and 600LT Spider, all squeezed under the Sports umbrella. The final model is this McLaren 620R, which IndyCar star Pato O'Ward is about to shred to bits.

The 620R gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 611 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. McLaren calls it a race car for the road with its widened track, a lowered suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes. It's almost as rare as a race car, with just 225 620Rs being produced.

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The clip starts with 22-year-old O'Ward ripping around Willow Springs Raceway in California. The 620R, based on the 570 GT4 race car, shares the aerodynamic hardware on that car, creating 408 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. O'Ward slips and slides around the corners, using what looks to be every pound of that downforce, killing tires the entire way.

All North American 620R models come with a special MSO upgrade package that features a gloss finish carbon-fiber roof with a roof scoop, and the McLaren Track Telemetry system with lap time function and three cameras. None of those cameras were used here as this video looks professionally shot and edited.

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O'Ward stops for a break, only to get a text about a 7 o'clock pickup from a woman we're led to believe is his love interest. That's when the track driving switches to street driving. Of course McLaren notes that this video was done "by professional drivers in a controlled environment," but it stopped short of saying "closed course," which struck us as strange.

But then O'Ward hits the streets, and they do not look like a closed course as he dices through West Coast traffic. He arrives to a house with a driveway already filled with a McLaren 720S Spider.

For now, the Ultimate Series and Super Series (720S, 765LT) remain, as do the alphanumeric names. But that could change as new hybrids and other hypercars reveal themselves.


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