Published on 11 Jul 2013 by Dan Read
Not content with bringing the world the McLaren P1, the British Formula One constructor has been hard at work with a track-only version of the McLaren 12C. The McLaren 12C GT Sprint will come in a little under £200,000 and will fit into the gap created between the road-going 12C and the race prepared 12C GT3. It’s been developed by the constructor’s racing team who have incorporated features from the 12C GT3 racer into the standard 12C to make the new machine.
Power comes from a 3.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine that’s been improved so the standard car’s 592bhp has been boosted to 616bhp. A unique cooling and oil system is said to be the main reason for the increase in power as the GT Sprint retains the seven-speed twin-clutch transmission found in the road going version.
You shouldn’t expect a comfortable ride in this one, as the ride height’s been lowered by 40mm. The active suspension has been recalibrated for the needs of the track and the GT Sprint sits on racing slicks. All of this contributes to a firm setup that will make the most of the chassis on a race track. The carbon-fibre chassis hasn’t been altered, but the new machine benefits from a track focussed ProActive Chassis Control system. Rather than luxuries within the cabin, the driver can expect an FIA spec roll cage and fire extinguisher. A six-point harness and racing seats keep the driver and passenger in place through the corners and the digital instrument panel housed in the carbon dashboard has also been developed for the rigors of the track. With three handling modes, which change the ESP and dampers, the driver can alter the car to his liking.
The initial batch will consist of 20 cars and we can’t see McLaren having any trouble selling them. If you can’t afford £200,000 for a track car, get yourself down to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed where the car will be given its world debut.