2012 McLaren MP4-12C GT3

McLaren is making its way back into the GT sports car racing scene with a limited number of GT3 racing cars based on the MP4-12C sports car. These models will be designed and developed by McLaren and CRS Racing, and should make their first racing debut in the 2012 European FIA GT3 Series.

"The 12C’s architecture and design was always aimed at high-performance and ease of maintenance - two key criteria for potential customers. Combine that with the vast amount of racing experience in our automotive team, and CRS Racing’s specialist development experience, and the 12C GT3 should be an exciting proposition for the top teams planning to race in GT3 from 2012."

McLaren is confident that the MP4-12C’s revolutionary lightweight one-piece moulded carbon chassis, high levels of downforce and aerodynamic performance, and focus on form and function make it an obvious choice to bring back racing success to the McLaren name. The last win McLaren had was in the McLaren F1 GTR when it won the Lemans Series 15 years ago. The MP4-12C GT3 will be the first McLaren car built for FIA GT series racing since the McLaren F1 GTR finished production in 1997.

UPDATE 07/20/2012: McLaren will line-up nine examples of the stunning 12C GT3 on the grid of the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps next weekend, 27-29 July to contest the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The gruelling 24-hour race is the headline event in the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series, and one of the most demanding events on the motorsport calendar.

Exterior and Interior

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

The 12C GT3 looks similar to the production version car, but McLaren has added a new aerodynamics package in compliance with GT3 regulations, incorporating a new front splitter, door blade, rear wing, diffuser, and louvers in the front fenders.

When the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 made its world debut at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from June 30, 2011 - July 3, 2011, the model got a few extra goodies to ramp up their chances at the race. It received a front radiator, which increases the maximum ambient temperature at which the car can run, along with a new gearbox cooler mounted on the rear Aerodeck.

Engine

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

The new 12C GT3 car is based on the standard 12C. It is being built on the McLaren carbon MonoCell chassis, which weighs just 75kg and is produced in a revolutionary one-piece mold. Under the hood, there is the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 as found in the standard model, but tuned to racing specifications. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed SSG dual-clutch Graziano transmission operated by a bespoke paddle-shift system developed specifically for racing.

The MP4-12C racing version will also get motorsport-specific braking and suspension components.

Debut

Debut Test

New race car manufacturer, McLaren GT, has a busy year planned as they unveil their full team and development program for the MP4-12C GT3 racer. McLaren Group CEO, Martin Whitmarsh, took the time out to present the new MP4-12C GT3 race car and the 12C sports car in action together at Spain’s Circuito de Navarra ahead of McLaren GT’s debut race later this year in the Blancpain Endurance Series. Following the debut race, the GT3 will also be entering the Magny-Cours in France and Silverstone in England, with plans to also take part in the Total 24 Hours of Spa endurance race. The MP4-12C will also be making a special appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 1-3, 2011. Piloting the race car during these events will be CRS Racing Team Principal Andrew Kirkaldy, 2010 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes test driver Oliver Turvey, and Portuguese racing driver Álvaro Parente.

Other Racing News:

08/02/2011

McLaren entered the 2011 24 Hours of Spa with three MP4-12C GT3 supercars, but only one of them - car number 60 - managed to end the race. The second vehicle - car number 58 - was retired by the team following a thermal incident.

However, the most unlucky racer was car number 59. The #59 was hit by a competitor - a black BMW E92 M3 GT4 - which forced the carbon chassis-based 12C GT3 off its trajectory and into the wall at turn 1. Driver, Andrew Kirkaldy, was cleared of any serious injury at a nearby hospital following a precautionary scan. The car was subsequently placed in Parc Ferme at the circuit and awaits inspection by the McLaren GT team engineers.

Kirkaldy said: "I was obviously disappointed that one of our cars was forced out of the race so early. Our performance has been strong in development tests and our debut race at Spa in the British GT Championship showed the car is technically reliable."

Prices

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

From 2012, McLaren Automotive and CRS Racing will supply and support a limited number of FIA GT3-compliant racing cars based on the McLaren 12C high-performance sports car for privateers. Each model will be priced at £310,000 excluding taxes (or about $495,000 at the current exchange rates).

However, at the vehicle’s official launch of the new MP4-12C GT3 race car, managing Director Antony Sheriff talked about the company’s future plans for the GT3. Turns out, the company plans to offer a road legal version which will be limited to about 20 units. It will be go on sale at a price higher than $500K.

In an interview with Inside Line Sheriff also said that McLaren doesn’t have any plans to "over-egg it" with the MP4-12C. A roadgoing McLaren is in the works, but the car will not get various models like Porsche did with the 911.

Availability

In March 2012, McLaren announced that a total of 25 new MP4-12C GT3 cars will race across Europe and in FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012. The race debut was made as a safety car in the FIA GT1 World Championship race at the Nogaro circuit in France on April 8-9, 2012.

Competition

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

After seeing all the modifications made to car, the first question that comes to our mind is: Does the new 12C GT3 have what it takes to stand in front of its GT3 competitors?

The main competitior for McLaren newest race car is the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 . This Mercedes is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers an impressive 600 HP. It may have had a tragic start at its Nurburgring debut, but recovered quickly and ended up winning the Nurburgring North Loop . So, does the McLaren have what it takes? We’ll reserve our judgment for when we see it in action.

LOVE IT
  • Impressive aerodynamic updates
  • Overall look is amazing
  • Runs like hell
LEAVE IT
  • We’ll never actually drive it
  • Exact power figures aren’t given

78 comments:

Wow! I have to agree with that Italia seems better. The performance of the 12C is close to the Italia. I just wonder why this car is competing against the SLS when it doesn’t perform as great as this car.

The scissor door looks extremely good on the 12C. For me, 458 Italia looks beautiful compare to this car. And although the figure performance is close to one another I still go with the Italia.

As expected from the Mclaren, they have a perfect modification on the aerodynamic of this car. The overall look is impressive and I bet among the GT this car really stands out with its awesome figure performance.

one thing that I have yet to see here is a McLaren running on hybrid power. That one would definitely be interesting as it would test the capabilities of the engineers to come up with a powerful car using more power.

Hey, have you guys heard that this one already broke the current record at the TopGear track? Well, it’s really not that surprising, but that will certainly add to its rep.

Doubt it, after all there is quite a lot of street laws that they need to follow and contend with. So the road version will likely be less powerful than this one.

Hmm, we’re already talking about the track version MP4 here, so I was wondering, will it be possible to come up with a road version? Highly unlikely I think.

Hmm, let me see. If this one is about looks alone, then I would definitely pick the MP4-12C over the SLS. But since we are talking about performance here, it would be quite hard to decide.

Well, they haven’t mentioned more details about the engine of this car. Let’s just hope that the 7 speed SSG dual-clutch Graziano transmission would help this car to perform well in the race and surpass the record of the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

Wow! they are back in Formula one race with the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 on their side!hmm. This race will be so challenging for this car since the last time that they have taste the winning was 15 years ago. Well, I do hope that this racing car will perform like or much better with it production version.

Well, that one isn’t as pricey as I have thought, for a racing team anyway. But then again, this is just one of the many great options available for the teams to get.

Yeah right, the performance was great though I was shocked that the Mercedes SLS has a higher horsepower compare to Mclaren! I was thinking on who will win of the two car will racesmiley

What can we expect but high performing engine for the Mclaren! I can’t wait to see this car run in the next season of F1 race! BTW, I wonder if it’s going to make a record in the Nurburgring track.

Ha, so really are serious at prepping this car up for race readiness. Well, I would say that it was a nice move, as this car has lots of potential.

The car weights 75 kg and it used the standard 12C for the engine. Now, looking at the figure performance of the SLS AMG, its around 600 hp. So I guess the output power of this car, would be around 600+ hp. I hope they have bother to announced its figure.

Oh yes finally its here! I just wonder why does the Porsche GT3 wasn’t include in the competitor list of this car? Anyways, they also haven’t announce its figure performance except that it will using the standard 12C. And BTW, I want to see a showdown between this car and the SLS AMG, I think that would be fun!

As expected from this car it has an impressive performance. And I think if its going to race against the AMG this car would definitely win! Though I have to admit that the aesthetic of
both car is beautiful. BTW, does it have a plan to compete in the F1 race?

I just remember the Mclaren attempts to make a record in Nurburgring race track.
And I have to say that this car has an impressive speed So I think there’s no reason to doubt the performance of this car. And I think the AMG can’t beat this car!

They are right on the factor of loving the updates made on its aerodynamics, I just don’t like the color, for me red is much better than yellow and its made for racing, yellow is too traditional don’t you think? Oh do they have other colors?

I never doubt the reliability of this car. I think Mclaren made an awesome job . And I don’t think that SLS AMG would be the biggest rival of this GT car. They are just test driving and its not yet finished . Well, let’s just see on how this car will perform in the GT race.

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