Adding a drift mode to a performance-oriented vehicle seems to be the in thing at the moment, with the new Ford Focus RS and Mercedes-AMG E 63 S each gaining a specific setting that allows them to spin their tyres to oblivion. Now, McLaren has confirmed that its next-generation Super Series model will feature Variable Drift Control that enables pretty much the same kind of hooning.

The system, available in Sport and Track modes, allows drivers to vary the level of stability control intervention through a swipe across a control displayed on the central infotainment screen. It’s part of Proactive Chassis Control II, which manages cornering grip, dynamic response, and comfort depending on the driving mode selected (Comfort, Sport, Track) and driving conditions.

A series of sensors – 12 more than on the previous 12C, 650S, 625C and 675LT models, including an accelerometer on each wheel – detect inputs from the road and measure tyre contact patch. This information is analysed in milliseconds by an ‘Optimal Controller’ algorithm, and the system immediately optimises suspension damping 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,” said executive director of product development Mark Vinnels. “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.”

McLaren has already revealed that the new car will feature a new, lightweight Monocage II carbon fibre structure, putting the dry weight at 1,283 kg, 18 kg lighter than an equivalent 650S. There will be P1-style dihedral doors with twin air ducts integrated within, one sending air into the radiators, the other drawing air out of the front wheel arches to increase downforce. Also fitted is an active rear wing.

The new model, codenamed P14, will be revealed in March in time for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, including full details and pricing.

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