McLaren Automotive debuts two new cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Building on the 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 was unveiled in front of fans and the media

This past weekend people and vehicles descended on the Goodwood Estate in the Sussex Downs for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Amongst the various vehicles on display and those taking to Goodwood’s famous hill, were two debut vehicles from McLaren Automotive.

The first is a GT version of the recently unveiled 650S. This track-focused 650S GT3 will race at the GT3 (Cup Grand Touring Cars) championships from the 2015 season.

According to the company, the GT3 iteration has been honed using CFD technology and the latest in automotive and motorsport simulation to offer enhanced aerodynamics and improved levels of cooling.

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The MSO 650S will be available in three paint finishes including this Sarigan Quartz – a “vibrant metallic silver with a subtle golden infusion”

The second debut was the MSO 650S Spider, which is based on the MSO 650S Coupe Concept launched at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year.

The concept was originally designed by the company’s personalisation service McLaren Special Operations (MSO) however, following the strong reaction it received at the motor show it was decided to do a production version.

The MSO 650S carries many of the styling cues over from this original concept, and the team at MSO has worked closely with McLaren Automotive Design Director, Frank Stephenson to further enhance the visual appeal.

There will be a limited production run of 50 and each model will be delivered with a Frank Stephenson-signed sketch and a luxury MSO branded, leather holdall. A nice touch considering that the pricing starts at £252,500 for the MSO 650S Coupé and £272,500 for the MSO 650S Spider. First deliveries are due before the end of the year.

Of course, McLaren was just one of many vehicle manufacturers at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. For one, Maserati was celebrating its 100th birthday. Here is a great interview with Stirling Moss from Goodwood on why the marque is special to him.

If you were there and anything caught your eye, let us know or tweet a pic to us on twitter.