McLaren introduces 12C GT SprintTue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700
McLaren confirmed on Monday that the 12C GT Sprint track-focused racer will cost about $316,000, converted from British pounds. That doesn't include taxes and destination.
The GT Sprint was built by the McLaren GT racing arm of McLaren Automotive, and retains much of the 12C road car. McLaren says some of the systems have been improved, including the brake steer system (which selectively applies brakes while turning) and airbrake active aerodynamics. The company recalibrated the Proactive Chassis Control system as well.
Power comes from the same 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the 12C. It generates 616 hp, which is fed through the same seven-speed dual-clutch 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.
Styling changes consist of a lower ride height, more aggressive front bumper, GT3-inspired hood and front wind louvers. Race spec brakes, Pirelli tires and an on-board air jacking system are also included.
A HANS system, composite racing seat, six-point harness and a fire extinguisher are installed inside the car, and air conditioning is retained.
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.
For those keeping track, there are now five versions of the MP4-12C, which was launched in 2011. They include the standard model, the 12C Spider, the GT3, the GT Can-Am Edition and the GT Sprint, which is on sale now.
By Jake Lingeman