McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Now for Everyman—Every Man Who Can Spare $519,865
McLaren will build still more of its MP4-12C GT3 models for 2013, not just increasing the venues at which it can race, but also making the supercars available to collectors and those who want to have the 493-hp, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 competition McLaren, but don’t care to race it. And, for that matter, have enough cash in the bank to cover the asking price of $519,865. The Woking, U.K.–based automaker built more than 20 examples of the GT3 that were raced in 2012 by 13 teams, taking 19 wins and 19 additional podium finishes in 98 races. For that season, McLaren only had European-based teams compete with the GT3 in various championships, plus outings in Abu Dhabi, Macau, and Azerbaijan. With the new production run, the MP4-12C GT3 will be able to race throughout the world.
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Lessons learned in 2012 have led to changes for the 2013 12C GT3s. Aerodynamics have been reworked to improve the balance and tire wear of the cars. There’s a revised ECU as part of a redone electrical system and a new choice of shock absorbers for the double wishbone suspensions. To allow for the fact that the cars might compete in warmer climates around the world, McLaren has redone the hood and ducting to better vent heat. Among the new teams that will race the 12C GT3 is that of nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb, who will co-drive one of the team’s pair of cars.
By John Lamm