McLaren GT, a joint venture between McLaren and CRS Racing, has revealed its contender for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile’s (FIA) GT3 championship, less than three months after it announced its intent to compete in the series .
The very first McLaren MP4-12C GT3 made its debut by undergoing shakedown tests at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom. McLaren GT project manager Andrew Kirkaldy and McLaren Automotive chief test driver Chris Goodwin were the first to pilot the new 12C GT3 on its first outings. These on-track tests follow months of virtually testing the car in the McLaren Simulator, which was also used to develop the production model 12C and McLaren's Formula 1 cars.
The 12C GT3 will utilize the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 used by the 12C production car that's been tuned to race-specification. Paired to it is a bespoke paddle-shift system utilizing an all-new Ricardo-designed gearbox developed specifically for racing.
The 12C GT3 also gets a new anti-lock brake system provided by Bosch Motorsport while a new aerodynamics package by McLaren Racing in compliance with GT3 regulations that incorporates a new front splitter, door blade, rear wing, diffuser and louvres in the front fenders adorn the race car.
Due to regulations imposed by the FIA, the 12C GT3 will not feature the road-going 12C's ProActive Chassis Control System and instead will use race-specific roll bars and dampers.
According to Goodwin, those who have seen the new MP4-12C production car won't be surprised at the immense attention to detail that has been applied in developing the 12C GT3.
"We know that our potential customers will expect McLaren GT to deliver a competitive car right out of the box and, starting now with a program covering aerodynamics development and durability testing, we are determined to do just that," Goodwin said. "The McLaren GT team is committed to achieving unprecedented levels of performance, also guaranteeing the levels of quality, reliability and durability with which we expect to delight future race teams entering competitions with the 12C GT3."