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2013 McLaren 12C GT3 First Look

by Jessica Matsumoto on

McLaren GT announced today that it will produce updated examples of the 12C GT3 race car, to claw up asphalt on 2013 GT tracks.

The 12C GT3 has 98 races under its belt, resulting 19 victories and an additional 19 podium finishes – undoubtedly an amazing accomplishment for car’s competitive debut.

Since establishing its capabilities last season, the McLaren 12C GT3 has grabbed the racing world’s attention again, in particular that of nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb. Though recently retired from full-time rallying, Loeb confirmed that his team would race two examples of the 12C GT3 in the upcoming FIA GT Series.

It’s clear the company that’s about to bring us the incredible P1 hyper car (photos here) hasn’t forgotten about its racing team – not by a long shot. From its massive spoiler to its serpent-like face, the exterior of the McLaren 12C GT3 is cloaked in a carbon fiber MonoCell shell.  This light material minimizes weight, adding only 173 lbs to the supercar.  Under its sloping hood, the 12C GT3 holds a 3.8L turbo-V8 engine, which allows the 12C GT3 to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds without batting an eyelash.

Underneath the 12C GT3 resides a set of motorsports axles with single wheel retaining nuts, double wishbone suspension adjustable for ride height, camber and toe, and four forged aluminum wheels: 12” x 18” up front and 13” x 18” in rear. 

As expected, the interior of the 12C GT3 is spartan. Impressive McLaren racing features include a GT steering wheel based on the one inside the MP4-24 Formula One car, a six-speed sequential motorsport transmission that is pneumatically actuated with wheel mounted paddles, and the McLaren Electronics ‘ATLAS’ data system (which tracks tire surface temperatures, lateral acceleration, and damper/spring deflection).

Typical for a race quality supercar, the 2013 version of the 12C GT3 comes with supercar price tag – approximately $520,000.  Not a surprise from the company that created the F1, the first million dollar, street legal, sports car.

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