McLaren 570S Spider and the departure of Ron Dennis: Mixed emotions at Goodwood

As Automotive News points out, this new addition to the Sport Series could be a move to help fund the company s electric endeavors. When McLaren added the 570S and 570GT to its Sport Series lineup in 2015, sales spiked. McLaren s sales climbed to 3,286 cars last year, almost twice as many as the 1,649 cars the company moved in 2014. That adds up to nearly 70 percent more profit before taxes, according to Automotive News Europe. That s necessary revenue for costly technology development. 

Adding another version of its volume-moving supercars is a win for everyone – customers who were turned off by only closed-coupe McLaren 570S cars can now experience wind in the hair, and McLaren can focus on developing technologies to make its cars more competitive on and off track.

If you re looking for one of these 570S Spiders, it ll set you back around $213,703. Of course, that s a current conversion of the price for the U.K., so U.S. pricing may vary.

At the same time, McLaren patriarch Ron Dennis announced he s selling his shares in the company and will step down as chairman; Dennis was already forced out as chief executive officer after clashing with majority shareholders Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Co. and TAG Group. The move ends 37 years of Dennis involvement with McLaren Automotive.

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