McLaren currently offers two racing versions of its 12C sports car: the 12C GT3 and the 12C GT Can-Am Edition . McLaren specially designed the 12C GT3 version for competitions like the FIA Group GT3 where it obtained its first victory at the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.
McLaren has now decided to expand the 12C lineup even further with the addition of a new 12C GT Sprint edition. The new model will make its world debut during this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and McLaren will limit it to only 20 units. Before you get too excited, we have to let you know that the new 12C Sprint edition is a track-only model.
McLaren GT is developing the model and will base it on the road-going 12C, but it will feature some new systems and an optimized aerodynamic package.
Updated 10/1/2013: McLaren has released some additional information, including the £195,000 (about $316,150 at the current exchange rates) base price for the 12C GT Sprint. The Brittish maker also revealed a few more images of the upcoming supercar.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C GT Sprint.
Gallery McLaren MP4-12C
When compared to the base 12C model, the new GT Sprint edition features an optimized aerodynamic kit and some cooling updates. Up front, the 12C GT Sprint is distinguished by a more aggressive bumper, a splitter made of carbon fiber and a bonnet inspired by the 12C GT3. Additionally, it gets radiator exit ducts and front wing louvers. In order to keep the weight down the windscreen is made in polycarbonate.
For the rear, the model gets a carbon-fiber wing for a little extra downforce.
The model to be displayed in Goodwood will be painted in the heritage McLaren Orange, but customers will have the possibility to choose between more colors.
On the inside, McLaren GT installed an FIA-approved roll cage and integrated fire extinguisher system. There is also a new, fully adjustable, HANS-approved, lightweight composite racing seat fitted with a full six-point harness.
This race-ready 12C will not offer comfort features, like air-conditioning, because McLaren wants to keep the weight down as low as possible. There is also a carbon-fiber dash with a race-developed digital display and key vehicle controls.
As no surprise, under the hood the model keeps the usual 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine, but optimized with a unique oil system and a cooling system with a central front radiator. The engine delivers a total of 616 horsepower and is mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox.
Suspension and Brakes
The new 12C Sprint is built on a lightweight carbon-fiber MonoCell chassis and offers unique features, like ProActive Chassis Control (PCC), Brake Steer and a McLaren Airbrake that will further improve the car’s racing experience.
The recalibrated PCC suspension system ensures a lower ride height. This system offer three unique handling modes, which allow the driver to select their preferred damping, roll stiffness and ESP settings. Additionally, the GT Sprint model is 40 mm (1.57 inches) lower than a stock 12C for added stability in the twist.
The car sits on a set of 19-inch OZ wheels wrapped in Pirelli racing slick tires. Stopping this racer is a track-focused braking system with carbon ceramic (CCM) brake discs.
The new 12C Sprint will be limited to only 20 units, and each will carry a price tag of £195,000 (about $316,150 at the current exchange rates)
The SLS AMG GT3 is the track-going version of the Mercedes AMG sports car. It is distinguished by an aggressive body kit that includes a new front apron with a splitter, a central cooling air vent on the bonnet, wider front and rear wings, side skirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes, a rear diffuser and the adjustable rear aerofoil.
Under the hood, the model keeps the usual 6.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower.
Gallery Mercedes SLS AMG GT3
The 911 GT3 RSR is one of our favorite sports cars specially developed for the track use. It is based on the road-going 911 GT3 and is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower.
When compared to the standard GT3, the RSR version is distinguished by an aerodynamic kit that includes: new front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches and rear wing all made in carbon fiber.
Gallery Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
The new McLaren 12C GT Sprint is just another way to keep people interested in the 12C model. It offers some very cool updates, but unfortunately it is a track-only model.
- Looks very cool
- Some very cool updates
- Powerful engine
- Limited to just 20 units
- A tad on the expensive side
Gallery McLaren 12C GT Sprint
Press Release 1
McLaren GT is to produce a new high performance variant of the 12C, named the 12C GT Sprint, designed to offer further enhanced handling through optimised aerodynamics and track focus.
The track-only model signifies the continued development of the 12C model, and bridges the gap between the 12C, itself fully accomplished on both road and track, and the all-out racing 12C GT3 and 12C GT Can-Am Edition models. It has been designed and developed by McLaren GT, the race car building arm of the McLaren Group, and retains many of the unique systems from the 12C road car, on which it is based.
Built around the lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, and with developments to systems such as ProActive Chassis Control, (PCC), Brake Steer and the McLaren Airbrake, the latest model from McLaren GT has been honed to deliver a more track-focused GT racing experience whilst retaining the balance and precise characteristics much praised in the road car.
Generating 625PS, the optimised 3.8-litre twin turbo engine includes a unique oil system, and cooling system which features a 12C GT3 developed central front radiator. The GT Sprint retains the 12C’s seven speed twin clutch gearbox.
The PCC suspension system has been tuned and recalibrated to suit the cars lower ride height and racing slick tyres, providing a firmer and more circuit-orientated setup. The 12C GT Sprint has three unique handling modes which allow the driver to select their preferred damping, roll stiffness and ESP settings.
Externally, the 12C GT Sprint features optimised aerodynamic and cooling upgrades. At the front is a more aggressive front bumper, GT3-inspired bonnet with radiator exit ducts and front wing louvres. Lowered by 40 mm, the 12C GT Sprint is fitted with track-focused braking system with carbon ceramic (CCM) brake discs. Tyre changes are made easier through an on-board air jacking system and centre-locking 19-inch OZ wheels, shod with Pirelli racing slick tyres.
Inside the cabin, the 12C GT Sprint is fitted with an FIA-approved rollcage and integrated fire extinguisher system. A fully adjustable HANS-approved, lightweight composite racing seat fitted with full six-point harness provides the optimum driving position, while an air-conditioning system is retained, albeit a lightweight version, offering added comfort.
A carbon fibre dash houses the race developed digital display and key vehicle controls which interface with a McLaren GT developed steering wheel.
Further enhancements are available through a range of bespoke options including a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) developed aerodynamic package including carbon fibre rear wing and front splitter, and further lightweight components including a polycarbonate windscreen.
The 12C GT Sprint, finished in heritage McLaren Orange as standard, will make its world premiere at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Further details will be announced in due course, but an initial batch of 20 cars will be delivered in 2013, available from McLaren retailers at a price point below GBP £200,000*.
Press Release 2
McLAREN GT REVEALS MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE TRACK-BRED 12C GT SPRINT
Following its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren GT has now confirmed the 12C GT Sprint will be priced at GBP £195,000*. The latest model from the GT racing arm of the McLaren Group has been developed and optimised exclusively for the race track.
The 12C GT Sprint has been designed and built by McLaren GT, in close consultation with the team at McLaren Automotive, and retains many of the unique systems from the 12C road car, on which it is based. Groundbreaking technologies and systems have been honed, including Brake Steer and the active McLaren Airbrake, while a recalibrated Proactive Chassis Control (PCC) system helps deliver a truly bespoke GT racing experience, which can be set to individual driver preference.
Power comes from the highly-efficient M838T 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powerplant found in the 12C and 12C Spider, and generates 625PS, while the familiar seven speed twin clutch gearbox from the 12C is also retained. Optimised oil and cooling systems are unique to the track-focused racer.
The 12C GT Sprint is built around the 12C’s 75kg carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, but any unnecessary systems or creature comforts have been removed to keep weight to a minimum. The car features a number of components carried over from the successful 12C GT3 race car, including the FIA-approved safety roll cage, central cooling radiator and digital dash display.
Styling upgrades on the 12C GT Sprint follow the McLaren mantra of ‘form following function’, with each enhancement designed to optimise performance. Stability and dynamics are further enhanced through a drop in ride height of 40mm, while a more aggressive front bumper, GT3-inspired bonnet with radiator exit ducts and front wing louvres improve downforce and give a purposeful look. The highly effective track-focused braking system features GT race specification brake discs, which sit behind centre-locking 19-inch wheels, shod with Pirelli competition tyres. As with the 12C GT3, an on-board air jacking system is fitted to aid tyre changes.
Inside the cockpit, a fully adjustable HANS-approved, lightweight composite racing seat fitted with full six-point harness provides the optimum driving position, while an air-conditioning system is retained offering added comfort. An integrated fire extinguisher system is also installed.
Throughout the development programme, McLaren GT has worked with a strong pool of resource to develop and optimise the set up of the 12C GT Sprint. This has seen McLaren GT works drivers Rob Bell and Adam Carroll, McLaren Racing Young Driver Stoffel Vandoorne and McLaren Automotive chief test driver Chris Goodwin spending time in the cockpit, and covering in excess of 5,000 track kilometers at circuits across Europe and the Middle East, as well as extensive simulator work.
Commenting on the 12C GT Sprint programme, Chris Goodwin explained: ‘The 12C GT Sprint has been designed as a true track-focused racer, offering increased levels of downforce, grip and durable track performance. Retaining all of the innovative technology and characteristics of the 12C road car such as active aero, Brake Steer and the innovative PCC suspension system, dynamically, the 12C GT Sprint takes things to a new level with the addition of many race track specific features.
‘The 12C road car has universally acclaimed levels of drivability and cornering performance to compliment its phenomenal levels of power and torque. As a driver this potent combination just inspires confidence all the way round a lap and in the 12C GT Sprint, that lap is now considerably faster!’
Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director at McLaren GT added: ‘The 12C GT Sprint offers a true insight into GT car levels of performance, in terms of downforce and grip. The 12C is one of the most accomplished high performance sportscars ever built, and the enhancements featured on the 12C GT Sprint build on, and optimise, these abilities to create one of the most usable track cars available, with levels of performance that are truly and easily accessible.’
A range of options and packages are available through McLaren GT, each of which is designed to offer even greater levels of performance and individuality, with improved levels of downforce and further reduction in weight. Upgrades include a bespoke carbon fibre rear wing and front splitter, and a lightweight polycarbonate windscreen. The 12C GT Sprint is presented as standard in historic McLaren Orange, but can be specified in any bespoke colour, on request.
The 12C GT Sprint is available from all official McLaren retailers worldwide or direct from McLaren GT. Visit cars.mclaren.com to locate your nearest retailer.