It’s not the best of photos, but then again, that’s how most spy photos are these days.

Nevertheless, any sign of the GT3 version of the McLaren MP4-12C is good enough reason for us to take whatever photo we can get of it. Technical details of the car are still closed inside the envelope, but from the looks of things, the MP4-12C GT3 prototype means some serious business.

Reports have gone around that the Woking-based supercarmaker is collaborating with British racing company CRS in the development of the supercar, which is rumored to be making its debut in a couple of years time with 2012 being the most likely date for its arrival.

You’re going to need to squint your eyes to notice it, but if you’ve got a sharp eye, you’ll see that the MP4-12C’s air intakes have been closed off. Clearly more visible though is the air duct found right smack in the center of the hood and a pretty enormous wing spoiler at the back.
We’re getting all giddy just thinking about what this prototype can do in a competitive setting, but if it can even come close to what the original McLaren F1 racer was capable of, then the boys at McLaren just might have another winner on their hands.


Source: Car Advice

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  (780) posted on 04.13.2011

Most probably this would be the nearest competitor of Porsche Gt3!Mclaren needs to upgrade the engine of this car if they want to race against the Porsche!

  (462) posted on 04.4.2011

The thing that i don’t like about automatic suspension is that they lessen the real driving experience. I’m not really against it but its just depend on the driver on what are they going to choose.

  (453) posted on 02.2.2011

I’ve owned two Nissan in my lifetime, an automatic and a manual. I had to have the automatic towed away because the transmission died. The manual was traded in for the BMW I’m now driving, the differential on that car went south and it was next to impossible to find the same limited-slip unit that was OE.

  (466) posted on 02.1.2011

Nope. This car is targeted to a bigger market then the F1. A proper F1 ’replacement’ is due in a couple of years.

  (539) posted on 02.1.2011

love the old F1 to death! this one shouldn’t really be a successor to the F1 and indeed i don’t think it is?

  (409) posted on 01.30.2011

The details on the McLaren 12C GT3 racing car program will be revealed next year. The news is a good one for the sports car fanatics as McLaren F1 GTR emerged winner in 24 Hours of Le Mans 15 years back.

  (427) posted on 01.30.2011

And in an intriguing twist, McLaren F1 racer Chris Goodwin has raced Ferrari’s for McLaren in the GT3 championship. Seriously, Mclaren can really compete with the upcoming racing cars that will be released soon.

  (433) posted on 12.8.2010

How can it be a 458 italia rip of when the project was started way before the ferrari 458 had even been considered? Yeahh okay the F430 was ageing and due a replacement so it was pretty easy to predict, but i dont hear you saying the 3-series is a merc c-class rip of or the bmw 7-series a merc s-class rip off do I?? It’s called rivalry, and its healthy.

  (702) posted on 12.8.2010

Hennessey improved suspension and brakes are new sports to consider. Pair of carbon aero components, a new set of wheels and performance tires were also added to complete the look like the Nissan Skyline GTR.

  (702) posted on 12.8.2010

As the McLaren MP4 was designed and engineered separately and without any knowledge of the Ferrari 458 then clearly it has not ripped off the 458. From the promise of the car and the engineering I think we wait and see what the launched product will be.

  (648) posted on 12.7.2010

In some how some what, mc laren is my all time favorite sports car ever. one of the greates mc laren is the one they used in back to the future.

  (765) posted on 12.7.2010

In some shots they are visibly sticking out just above the front quarter panel over the left and right front wheels and in other shots they disappear - is this part of an ’active aero kit’ like the air-brake / rear wing on the original MP4-12C ?

  (858) posted on 12.6.2010

agree on that, the looks of the maclaren mean business, I look more sexier than the Old mp4, and looks more faster and has a lot of grip on the ground, but the Rear Spoiler Spoil its looks.

adrian  (90) posted on 12.6.2010

Looking forward to see it running on a track smiley

adrian  (776) posted on 12.5.2010

The front spoilers are there because they’re probably trying out 2 aero packages to see which one works

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