The new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will be the first McLaren car built for FIA GT racing series since the McLaren F1 GTR finished production in 1997. The 12C GT3 is based on the new MP4-12C high performance sports and a team of engineers, designers and test pilots with extensive experience in Formula 1 and GT racing has been assembled to carry out the adaptation process of 12C-based carbon racing chassis specification.
It has a flat bottom, aerodynamic rear diffuser, exhaust pipes placed in a high area of the back (to optimize the diffuser) and a spoiler mobile (which is regulated depending on the speed) and whose function is to aerobraking , as in the SLR, located in the rear.
A new aerodynamics package produced entirely carbon fiber has been developed by McLaren Racing in compliance GT3, featuring a new front splitter, door leaf, rear spoiler, diffuser and grilles on the front fenders.
Under the skin orange McLaren, shares the same carbon 75kg 12C GT3 ‘MonoCell’ chassis as the 12C road car. From the modern McLaren was formed in 1981, the company has used only carbon fiber chassis construction of all street cars and race: it was a natural choice for the heart of the MP4-12C. Lightweight construction and manufacturing innovation through resin transfer molding is a priority for engineers and designers responsible for the 12C chassis. The result is a road car that, at 1301kg, it is the lightest in the field of “core” market of high performance sports cars.
As with the 12C road car, McLaren is working closely with specialist suppliers to provide innovative, lightweight car. The 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 McLaren “M838T” provided in the road car also features in the 12C GT3, but de-tuned to 500 hp (from 600 PS) to provide optimum power for this car racing balanced performance.
The new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will have a unique engine calibration, transmission of racing action, developed in collaboration with Ricardo (who also developed the engine with McLaren) and a suspension system tuned specifically for the competition.
McLaren GT has selected the TAG-400 engine control unit for the new GT3 12C. The TAG-400 is a compact, standalone engine management and data logger for race engines designed and built by McLaren Electronic Systems. The purchase of components from suppliers used to working with the partners in the Formula 1 is another example of McLaren GT meeting its goal of building a GT3 car quality and unmatched reliability.
The initial demand for the first 20 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 is high, with interest suggesting that McLaren and CRS Racing could sell the race five times. However, no company has the desire to stretch the market and lead to an excess risk of any offer or restrictions on customer service. value held in each GT3 car is a high priority for McLaren and CRS, and the first customers when they take delivery.
In the longer term, about 20 more plan GT3 is built through 2013 and ’14, but both McLaren and CRS remain open-minded and optimistic about the development of car racing series and other markets.
Andrew Kirkaldy summarizes the customer-oriented attitudes of both companies. “We will treat our customers with respect Taking time now incredible McLaren headquarters and seen about their desire to launch a new type of sports car company, it is clear they are, as always, willing to do things better if this is by supporting the race, the supply of parts, or even the simple fact that the car’s price is the price list. – No hidden extras – we want to do business with us a pleasure. If we can celebrate race wins together in the spring of 2012 then even better! “
McLaren MP4-12C 2012 Review