McLaren to introduce 12C GT Sprint at GoodwoodWed, 10 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0700
McLaren is producing a 12C model that will slot in between the “basic” 12C and the all-out racing GT3 version called the 12C GT Sprint. It will be a track-focused supercar with enhanced suspension, cooling and aerodynamics.
The GT Sprint starts with the basic McLaren 12C. That means a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 making 616 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. The motor is attached to a MonoCell chassis, and improvements have been made to the ProActive Chassis Control, Brake Steer and the McLaren Airbrake functions.
The suspension in the 12C was tuned and recalibrated for the GT Sprint. McLaren says it’s better suited to the new car’s 1.5-inch lower ride height and Pirelli racing slick tires. Like the 12C, the GT Sprint has three handling modes which let drivers select the proper damping, roll stiffness and ESP settings.
On the outside, the 12C GT Sprint gets a more aggressive front bumper, GT3-inspired hood with radiator exit ducts and front wing louvers. Underneath, the GT Sprint gets upgraded brakes with carbon ceramic discs. An on-board air jacking system and center-locking 19-inch OZ wheels are also included.
For track days, the GT Sprint has an FIA-approved roll cage and integrated fire extinguisher system. A HANS-approved racing seat and six-point harness are installed, while a lightweight AC system is retained. A carbon-fiber dash houses the digital display.
The McLaren 12C GT Sprint -- in McLaren Orange -- will debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the initial batch of 20 cars will be delivered this year, at a cost of $298,000, converted from British pounds.
By Jake Lingeman