McLaren confirmed recently that the 12C GT Sprint track-focused road car will cost around £195,000 in UK. I personally can not wait to get within touching distance of this car.
How does it differ from the 12c?
Styling changes consist of a lower ride height, more aggressive front bumper, GT3-inspired bonnet and front wind louvers. Race spec brakes, Pirelli tires and an on-board air jacking system are also included, not that I need air jacks, but that’s a very unique feature.
Power comes from the same 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the 12C. It generates 616bhp, which is fed through the same seven-speed dual-clutch ultra fast gearbox to the rear wheels. Oil and cooling systems have been optimized for the GT Sprint. It also gets an FIA-approved roll cage, central cooling radiator and digital dash display from the GT3 race car.
A HANS system, composite racing seat, six-point harness and a fire extinguisher are installed inside the car, and air conditioning is retained, I’m happy that the aircon was retained as racing is hard work right?
The GT Sprint was built by the McLaren GT racing arm of McLaren Automotive, and retains much of the 12C road car which unreal to start with. McLaren says some of the systems have been improved, including the brake steer system and airbrake active aerodynamics. The company recalibrated the Proactive Chassis Control system as well.
Buyers not satisfied with the base specification of the GT can order a carbon-fiber wing and front splitter and a lightweight polycarbonate windshield.
The new GT Sprint was tested extensively by McLaren, in the caring hands of works drivers Rob bell and Adam Carroll, as well as McLaren Racing Young Driver Stoffel Candoorne and chief test driver Chris Goodwin. The group put more than 3,000 miles on the car on tracks across the world.
The 12c McLaren is a very very impressive car and I cant believe that they have taken it one step further with the GT… Who knows what’s next?