McLaren has unveiled its 720S GT3 racecar as part of a series of announcements that ramp up its activities in GT racing.
The 720S, which replaces the 650S GT3 which launched in 2014, will begin testing in 2018 and launch with customer teams in 2019, fully compliant with GT3 regulations and eligible to compete globally in all GT3 race series.
The MonoCage II carbon fiber structure will provide the structure for a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive car. A race-prepared version of McLaren’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 M840T engine will provide the power source, through a six-speed, sequential shift motorsport transmission. The bodywork of the 720S GT3 will be formed from both composite and lightweight carbon fiber with a bespoke aerodynamic package. The suspension will comprise tried and tested adjustable dampers and coil-over springs, front and rear.
“The 720S GT3 will provide a stunning race-going addition to our Super Series product family and drivers will now be able to hone their skills under expert guidance backed-up by our technicians at the circuit and our motorsport retailers away from it,” said McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt.
McLaren also announced the launch of a driver development program. Four promising British drivers – Jordan Albert (21), Charlie Fagg (18), Michael O’Brien (22) and Lewis Proctor (21) – have been selected from an existing stable of driving talent connected with McLaren and will compete in pairs driving two 570S GT4 cars during 2018. Rob Bell will continue as a McLaren factory driver and serve as a driver mentor.
The company also announced an expansion of its customer track day racing series with a one-make Pure McLaren-GT race series, a new series for McLaren owners with extensive track driving experience to drive on iconic European racing circuits. More details, including venues and dates for the new Pure McLaren-GT series, will be announced at a later date.
“McLaren is built on racing and providing our growing family of customers with unique and exhilarating driving experiences,” Flewitt said. “It therefore makes sense for us to unveil a dedicated, widened motorsport program designed to support and enable more of our customers to focus on enjoying the thrill of pushing our cars on the track.”