Button, Hamilton drive road, race versions of McLaren MP4-12C

As the 12C GT race car makes its public debut
Jul 8, 2011

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At last weekend's 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren Automotive joined forces with McLaren GT and McLaren Racing to lead the event's "Supercar Run" with the public debut of the British carmaker's MP4-12C GT3 race car.

The last two days of the four-day event saw both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton taking their respective turn behind the wheel of the MP4-12C GT3 race car while a road-going MP4-12C followed close behind.

July 2 saw 2009 Formula 1 champion Button driving the 12C GT3 race car up the 1.8-kilometer driveway of the Goodwood House followed by the road-going 12C driven by McLaren Automotive managing director Antony Sheriff.

The following day had 2008 Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton driving the race car, while McLaren Automotive chief test-driver Chris Goodwin followed him closely in the 12C road car.

"I was incredibly proud to represent McLaren at Goodwood this year," said Sheriff. "The new 12C GT3 was a constant focus of attention in the McLaren GT enclosure, and obviously it was great to see Jenson and Lewis delighting the crowds as the car made its dynamic debut. The festival comes at an exciting time for McLaren Automotive. We recently opened the first of 35 global retailers; we are near to completing the McLaren Production Center adjacent to our headquarters in Woking; we have a stunning new race car in development; and very soon our customers will begin taking delivery of their own MP4-12Cs."

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