This may not be as hardcore as the all-out McLaren 12C GT3 and 12C GT Can-Am Edition, but it still has the capability to melt your face when let loose on the track. Named 12C GT Sprint, the track-only supercar is built by its performance arm, McLaren GT.
With 616 hp on tap from the 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo, the 12C GT Sprint keeps itself together on the track with the help of carbon fibre MonoCell Chassis, complemented by ProActive Chassis Control (PCC), Brake Steer and McLaren Airbrake. Handling is further improvised by a lowered stance (by 40 mm) and three handling modes that offer different dampings, roll stiffness and ESP setups.
The car then gets centre-locking 19-inch OZ wheels wrapped in Pirelli slicks and, an on-board air jacking system. Braking power is provided by large carbon ceramic brakes.
Aesthetics-wise, the 12C GT features an aggressive front bumper, GT3-inspired bonnet, front wing louvres, carbon fibre rear wing and front splitter as well as a polycarbonate windscreen. Going into the air-conditioned cockpit, it has FIA-approved rollcage and an integrated fire extinguisher system. The driver will find himself comfortable in a fully adjustable HANS-approved, lightweight composite racing seat, strapped with a full six-point harness.
The new 12C GT Sprint will have a ‘meet-and-greet’ session with the public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
McLAREN GT SHOWS TRACK FOCUS WITH 12C GT SPRINT
– Track-only variant of the 12C announced
– Lowered ride height with Pirelli racing slick tyres
– Optimised aerodynamic package with enhanced cooling
– Enhanced chassis tuning to deliver a GT racing experience
10/07/13 — 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*.
*plus applicable taxes/duties