McLaren has unveiled the latest generation track-focused racer which will
contest GT3 championships across the globe from the 2015 season. The McLaren
650S GT3 will replace the 12C GT3, which has re-established McLaren at the front
of the GT grid over the past three seasons.
The 650S GT3 was unveiled in front of fans and the global motorsport media at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
To date, the 12C GT3 has secured three championship titles, 51 race victories and 71 further podiums, a number that continues to rise on a weekly basis, and currently leads the highly competitive Blancpain Endurance Series and the GT Asia championship.
The 650S GT3 development program has pulled significant data from the findings and lessons learned from the 12C GT3 program. Testing of the 650S GT3 will continue throughout the summer with customer car production commencing in the autumn. Pricing for the 650S GT3 has been confirmed - 330,000 GBP (410,000 EUR / $553,000) ex works, plus tax.
Around 15 examples of the 650S GT3 are planned to be produced and delivered for the start of the 2015 season. With the optional upgrade package for 12C GT3, this could see an additional 15 cars running the new design from next season.
Deliveries of the 650S GT3 will commence from late 2014, and the competitive debut with customer teams in GT3-homologated series will start in 2015.
The car unveiled carries the Goodwood Festival of Speed theme of 'addicted to winning', with its livery including the number 59. The number was carried by the now legendary McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, and claimed victory in the grueling test of endurance on its debut - a feat that had never been achieved previously, and has not been repeated since.
Based on the recently unveiled McLaren 650S, and built around the same lightweight carbon fiber 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 fiber bodywork wraps around reprofiled air intakes, which offer further optimized cooling. The fixed carbon fiber rear wing works in tandem with the large carbon fiber splitter to complete the management of air as it is worked across, through and beneath the sleek lines of the 650S GT3.