McLaren has unveiled their new McLaren 650s GT3 at the Goodwood Festival of speed, it is based on the McLaren 650s, and it will replace the McLaren 12C GT3 which has been competing for the past three seasons, this is the company’s second GT racer.
The new McLaren 650s GT3 comes with a range of upgrades over the 12C GT3, and it will also be available in a road going version, although this will be limited to just 15 cars.
Based on the recently unveiled McLaren 650S, and built around the same lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, the GT3 iteration has been honed using CFD technology and the latest in automotive and motorsport simulation to offer enhanced aerodynamics and improved levels of cooling. At the front, an aggressive splitter and larger air intakes dominate the purposeful new look, incorporating the familiar McLaren ‘face’ – albeit a more aggressive and menacing version, while on the flanks, the all-new lightweight carbon fibre bodywork wraps around reprofiled air intakes, which offer further optimised cooling. The fixed carbon fibre rear wing works in tandem with the large carbon fibre splitter to complete the management of air as it is worked across, through and beneath the sleek lines of the 650S GT3.
The road-going version has been designed and developed to provide ‘the ultimate in driver engagement on the road’, and the 650S GT3 uses this same approach. Revised suspension geometry, wider track and updates to the overall setup provide enhanced levels of drivability, optimising engagement for the wide range of drivers competing in GT racing. In addition, the updates have been made with added emphasis on endurance racing, pulling from the learnings over the past few years, and responding to feedback from the customer teams.
The 15 units of the McLaren 650s GT3 will retail for £330,000 each, although we suspect they are probably all sold, you can find out more information over at McLaren at the link below.