McLaren has announced another addition to the 12C family, the track-only 12C GT Sprint. Set to cost owners just shy of £200,000, the 12C GT Sprint is set to fill the gap between the standard 12C road car and the race ready 12C GT3.
Designed and developed by McLaren's racing team, it retains many of the features used in the standard 12C on which it’s based, but also incorporates some of the engineering featured on the 12C GT3 racer.
Power from the 3.8-litre twin turbo charged engine is up from 592bhp to 616bhp over the standard car thanks to the unique oil and cooling system. The GT Sprint retains the 12C’s seven-speed twin clutch gearbox.
Riding 40mm lower than the standard car, the GT Sprint is also fitted with aerodynamic upgrades including a more aggressive front bumper and GT3 inspired bonnet. Coupled with the recalibrated active suspension and racing slicks, McLaren say the GT Sprint has a much firmer setup designed for hardcore track use.
The lightweight carbon fibre chassis as well as the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) and McLaren Airbrake are also fitted to deliver a more track focused GT experience.
Inside, the 12C GT Sprint features an FIA-approved rollcage and fire extinguisher system along with lightweight racing seats with six-point harnesses. A race developed digital display is housed in the carbon fiber dash, as too are the key vehicle controls. From here the driver can select one of three handling modes, which alters damping, roll stiffness and ESP settings.
Further racing enhancements such as a carbon fiber rear wing and front splitter are available which are developed using computational fluid dynamics. For added comfort a lightweight version of the 12C’s air conditioning is fitted. The 12C GT Sprint will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend along with its bigger brother the 12C GT3.
McLaren hope an initial batch of 20 cars will be delivered by the end of 2013.