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An exclusive look at the new titanium MSO Exhaust from McLaren Special Operations, which featured in the McLaren 570GT Concept unveiled at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille this past weekend.
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is evaluating a new lightweight exhaust as part of an ever-expanding range of MSO Defined options for the Sports Series. Manufactured from titanium, the new MSO Exhaust is 4kg (an impressive 35 percent) lighter than the existing stainless steel system, further improving the power-to-weight ratio of the Sports Series models.
With exclusive access to the prototype exhaust (pictured above) the exquisite craftsmanship is clear to see, and once installed in the engine bay of a 570S or 570GT the special titanium nitride finish on the heat shield will naturally change colour, showcasing the distinctive blue-purple highlights generated when titanium undergoes a heat cycle.
Also guaranteed is a distinctive sound signature generated by the newly designed crossover pipes, which build upon expertise gained during development of the McLaren 675LT.
"THE CROSSOVER PIPES FROM EACH BANK OF CYLINDERS ARE ASYMMETRIC AND CREATE A UNIQUELY APPEALING NOTE"
Paul Arkesden, MSO Head of Engineering
‘The acoustic signature can partly be attributed to the characteristics of titanium, but we’ve also tuned the exhaust according to how sound pressure waves interact,’ reveals MSO Head of Engineering Paul Arkesden. ‘As a result, the crossover pipes from each bank of cylinders are asymmetric and create a uniquely appealing note.’
To ensure maximum refinement, the MSO Exhaust system remains relatively subdued in normal driving conditions of up to around 3500rpm, before gaining in intensity further up the rev range.
‘Unlike some high-performance systems, the transition isn’t like flicking a switch, because there’s no exhaust valve,’ explains Paul. ‘The MSO Exhaust becomes progressively richer and more characterful to perfectly complement spirited driving.’
Further evaluation will be carried out by MSO in the coming months, but to gauge customer reaction the MSO Exhaust was fitted to the 570S Coupé that ran up the Goodwood Hill at this summer’s Festival of Speed.
The MSO Exhaust also featured on the McLaren 570GT Concept by MSO that made its debut at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and again on the first European example of the 570GT to feature a bespoke MSO specification. The latter was unveiled this past weekend at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, where McLaren paired with the avant-garde fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier to showcase the unique 570GT in the Concept Cars Parade.
Along with the new MSO Exhaust, the 570GT Concept in Pacific Blue featured a selection of further prototype components currently being evaluated by MSO. These included interior components finished with a beautiful satin lacquer, and complementary exterior details including a high-quality gloss-black finish to the front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts, door inserts and alloy wheels.
McLaren returned to the third Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, and partnered with avant-garde fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier to take part in the Concept Cars Parade.