Hype: The New McLaren 720S Is Going To Have A “Drift Mode”

Those of you who love to go sideways in very expensive cars just got some great news today.  When talking about the “active chassis” technology that will be a part of McLaren’s new and recently leaked 720S Super Series, it was announced that the car will have “Variable Drift Control”.  With a swipe of a finger on the car’s touch screen the driver can control how the intensity of the dynamic stability control which essentially allows the user to dial in how much help they want from the car’s computer when trying to keep the car straight or sideways.  It sounds like McLaren hired Chris Harris as a consultant on this vehicle.

While McLaren isn’t the first OEM to put a drift mode in a production car (Ford did it with the current Focus RS), they might be the first company to implement a touch screen slider control of the function.  This will be a welcome addition to McLaren fans since in the past it has been notoriously difficult to turn off traction control and other electronic nannies in McLarens as Jeremy Clarkson can attest to.

McLaren P14 development - Idiada - Spain 24 January 2017

I’d love to try this out myself, but I kind of doubt that we’ll be on the media list for the 720S road tests…  Anyway, if you want to learn more about the active chassis tech on the new 720S just check out the press release below.  For an HD-sized picture of a camouflaged 720S getting sideways, just click the thumbnail above.

Press Release:

  • McLaren Proactive Chassis Control II system monitors dynamic and driver inputs to provide outstanding breadth of handling balance, grip and ride comfort
  • Drivers will be able to choose Comfort, Sport, or Track chassis modes to deliver optimal performance according to personal preference and driving conditions
  • McLaren Variable Drift Control delivers additional enjoyment in Sport and Track modes, with finger-tip control of Electronic Stability Control intensity


The second-generation McLaren Super Series, which will make its public debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show on March 7, will have the widest breadth of dynamic ability of any McLaren and set new standards for Super Series’ cornering performance, driver enjoyment and ride comfort.

An advanced new generation of McLaren’s multi-mode, Proactive Chassis Control is key to the elevated dynamic performance of the new McLaren supercar. Drivers can select Comfort, Sport, or Track mode according to personal preference and Proactive Chassis Control II will deliver the optimal balance of cornering grip, dynamic response, and comfort to best suit the individual mode and the driving conditions.

Proactive Chassis Control II uses multiple sensors – 12 more than on previous Super Series models, including an accelerometer on each wheel hub – to ‘read’ inputs from the road and measure tyre contact patch. The information is analyzed in milliseconds by the ‘Optimal Controller’ algorithm at the core of the system and suspension damping immediately optimized accordingly.

“Proactive Chassis Control II generates a significant amount of additional grip, but not at the expense of the balance and feel of the car,” explained Mark Vinnels, Executive Director – Product Development, at McLaren Automotive. “The depth and breadth of handling precision and ride comfort in combination with the peerless level of driver involvement in the second-generation McLaren Super Series is simply extraordinary.”

An additional new feature, McLaren Variable Drift Control, will provide even greater involvement for a driver who wants to fully explore the dynamic ability of the second-generation Super Series, allowing the level of Electronic Stability Control intensity to be varied with the swipe of a finger across a control displayed on the central infotainment screen.

Full details of the second-generation McLaren Super Series, including pricing, will be confirmed in March when further images will also be made available.


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