McLaren 720S GT3 on Track For 2019 Race Debut

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One and a half years after the 720S was revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren is much obliged to showcase the GT3. As the name implies, the track-only 720S GT3 is designed to dominate the circuit.
Developed by the customer racing division of McLaren Automotive, the newcomer serves as a replacement for the 650S GT3. The predecessor debuted in 2014 for the 2015 season, and features 500 PS instead of 650 PS due to Grand Touring 3 homologation rules.

Priced at £440,000 and confirmed to enter “major GT3 championships” in 2019, the racing version of the 720S also features a race-prepped M840T engine. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 boasts “an improved torque curve” as well as “even greater efficiency for endurance events.”

The transmission also differs from the road-going model, now featuring six forward ratios, a sequential design, and electronic shift actuator. On the handling front, the Pirelli tires work in conjunction with a Salisbury-type limited-slip differential. ABS and adjustable traction control are also featured.

“While largely a bespoke machine, the GT3 car is still a McLaren 720S at its core. Developing a race car is about optimizing every component, and the lightweight MonoCage II carbon fiber chassis is the perfect base for this,” declared Dan Walmsley, motorsport director at McLaren Automotive.

In accordance to FIA regulations, the 720S GT3 comes in left-hand drive, featuring carbon-Kevlar race seat with a winged headrest, six-point harness, roof-hatch extraction system, roll cage, and side-impact foam. The air-jacking system is built-in as per the regulations, whereas the braking system works together with the four-way adjustable dampers and coil-over springs.

“It was an incredibly exciting moment for us to see our new 720S GT3 begin the intensive track-based phase of a development programme that we are confident will provide our customers with a first-class GT race car,” commented Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer of McLaren Automotive.
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