McLaren GT, a new company combining the expertise of McLaren Group and CRS Racing, has unveiled the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 racer, marking the return of McLaren to GT racing since the Le Mans winning F1 GTR.
The new GT3 racer is based on the standard MP4-12C road car, and comes equipped with the same twin turbo 3.8 litre V8 as the road car, but tuned to meet FIA GT3 race regulations. However, the seven-speed double-clutch transmission found in the road car is ditched in favour of a paddle shift race-spec unit developed by Ricardo.
The road car's clever ProActive Chassis Control System will also be removed from the race car due to racing rules, and instead use racing style dampers and anti roll bars. Bosch Motorsport will supply the ABS system, while McLaren Electronics Systems Limited will take care of other electrical hardware such as the electronic dash and data technologies.
The MP4-12C GT3 will be going through some extensive tests in March and April at various circuits in Europe. McLaren GT will announce its full driver line-up after testing is complete, while supply of the 12C GT3 for privateers will start in 2012.