McLaren GT will build 20 new MP4-12C GT3 cars for privateer teams to race in 2012, after completing a selected race programme in 2011 as the new race car completes its test and development programme.
McLaren GT is the name of the new company which brings together the expertise of McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive and CRS Racing, and the team got down to business today when it unveiled its GT3 car and plans for a 2011 development programme which will see Andrew Kirkaldy, Oliver Turvey and Álvaro Parente race the 12C GT3 in 2011.
Up until now we’ve only seen an artist’s impression of the McLaren’s MP4-12C GT3, so it comes as a rather pleasant surprise to find that the real thing looks even better in the metal. This is the car that marks McLaren’s return to GT racing since the Le Mans winning F1 GTR, which dominated endurance racing between 1995 and 1998.
McLaren Automotive has reached the final development stages of its new MP4-12C sports car after producing its first ever production unit, which now sits proudly in the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) General Assembly Hall in Woking, England.
“Derek Bell takes his old company car on a 6 minute 41 second lap of the Nurburgring – awesome driving and some great commentary as the Porsche 956 puts 650bhp to work around the ‘ring!” – Stig