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McLaren 12C GT3 is eligible to race in North America

The organizers of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) have confirmed the McLaren 12C GT3 to be eligible after having a strong competitive debut season in Europe. This means that for the first time, this British-produced racer can now be a race participant in North America. During the 2012 season, the 12C GT3 got 19 victories and 19 podium finishes.

Nevertheless, it received more improvements for the 2013 season that optimized the car’s performance in the more diverse conditions seen in global championships. These upgrades include the updated bonnet and ducting, which are meant to guarantee that the 12C GT3 could still be competitive in temperatures hotter than those experienced in 2012.

Pirelli World Challenge, which is currently on its 24th straight season, is one of the leading production car-based racing championships in North America. It’s also considered to be a support series for the IZOD IndyCar calendar. Every race is a sprint that takes 50 minutes. It is comprised of a grid visit to several of the best purpose-built tracks and street circuits throughout the US and Canada.

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McLaren 12C GT3 logs successful racing year in 2012

The 2012 season certainly marks the very successful racing debut of the McLaren 12C GT3. Letting the numbers speak, 23 examples of the 12C GT3 ran the dirt in 14 different series with 13 McLaren GT customer teams. The customer teams gained 19 victories and covered more than 106,000 kilometers combined.

Among the races where the 12C GT3 recorded wins in include the Blancpain Endurance Series, FIA GT1 World, Barcelona 24h and Avon Tyres British GT. The 12C GT3 also went on to claim astonishing victories in City Challenge Baku, FFSA French GT and GT Cup. Due to its overwhelming success in 2012 in the world of customer GT racing, the 12C GT3 is considered by teams to be the ‘GT car to own and race.’

Following a challenging start to the 2012 season, McLaren GT worked with each of the customer teams to optimise the 12C GT3, thereby earning its first win through the French-based Hexis Racing team in the FIA GT1 World Championship.

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Two of 9 McLaren MP4-12C GT3s cross finish line at 2012 Total 24 Hours of Spa

Two McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars successfully completed the 2012 Total 24 Hours of Spa, braving the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit on harsh weather conditions. McLaren GT customer teams competing at the main event of the Blancpain Endurance Series fielded nine examples of the MP4-12C GT3, all of which performed well until severe conditions forced seven units to retire before completing the event.

The #88 MP4-12C GT3, run by Von Ryan Racing and driven by Alvaro Parente, Rob Barff, Roger Wills and Chris Goodwin, was P9 overall while finishing an impressive fourth in the Pro-Am class. The #66 blue-and-black MP4-12C GT3, also run by Von Ryan Racing but driven by Julian Draper, Matt Draper, Stephen Jelley and Stef Dusseldorp finished the race after 24 hours at P30 place overall.

Each of the nine participating MP4-12C GT3s showed a solid performance throughout the qualifying sessions, with five cars in the top 20 for the start of the race. The #88 car was the top-qualifying McLaren, claiming pole position in the Pro-Am class, and 3rd overall. The opening stint was featured by the #9 Gulf Racing UK car driven by McLaren ‘works’ driver Rob Bell. 

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McLaren GT will unveil unique McLaren 12C GT3 at Goodwood

The enhanced 12C sports car will make its global debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed with no less than Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button behind the wheel. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver will drive a Production Prototype version of the revised 12C in Goodwood on June 30.

Furthermore, McLaren GT will unveil a McLaren 12C GT3 race car decorated with a distinctive livery, which emphasizes McLaren Group’s support of the ‘GREAT’ campaign launched by the Prime Minister’s Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport this year. The GREAT campaign is intended to re-affirm the UK’s international reputation and produce long-term economic benefits through added tourism, trade and education.

McLaren Automotive launched the 12C at the 2010 Goodwood event. Last year, 12C GT3 made its public debut at the event. This is the third consecutive year that McLaren will debut a new version of its sports car. The 12C has been tweaked to offer better performance and styling. Its engine gets a power upgrade to 625PS (from 600PS) aside from throttle and gearshift modifications meant to improve the driving experience.

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The new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 had undertaken an intensive development program in 2011 and is now prepared to make its competitive race debut this year. McLaren GT had aimed for a race car that’s very efficient, reliable and rewarding. But to achieve this, it had prototype versions of the 12C driven over 35,000 miles in the real world and through simulated test tracks last year.

The competitive race season starts on March 31 for the new McLaren GT customer teams in Germany with the opening rounds of the VLN and ADAC GT Masters championships at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and Oschersleben respectively. And on April 8 to 9, the MP4-12C sports car, on which the GT3 racer is based, will make its debut as a safety car in the FIA GT1 World Championship race at the Nogaro circuit in France.

Next month, those who like the Blancpain Endurance Series will be excited to see ten 12C GT3s on the grid for the season opener in Monza. This takes place after it completes the official first test of the competition at Paul Ricard HTTT.

Read the entire article 25 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars to race in FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012

GEMBALLA is the latest team to enter the realm of racing. As GEMBALLA celebrates its 30th anniversary, it aims to set another milestone. For the 2012 motorsport season, the new team will enter two McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars. Sascha Bert was hired by Steffen Korbach, the team owner and GEMBALLA investor, to oversee the new motorsport venture. Bert is famous for being a terrific racing instructor and driver.

He used to be a former German kart champion, Formula 3 and FIA GT driver, and he has experienced being on the winners' podium at the Nürburgring VLN 24-hour race. Korbach described Bert of being an “absolute pro” and of being capable to manage its new racing team.

For the last 30 years, GEMBALLA has earned a reputation of having high performance, reliability and outstanding qualities. GEMBALLA aims to commemorate the launch of the McLaren F1 GTR at the 24-hours of Le Mans 17 years ago and will rely on McLaren’s competition pedigree.

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McLaren GT said that the first 20 MP4-12C GT3 race cars made available to purchase for racing in 2012 have all been sold. The new GT race car manufacturer is currently in preparations for two of its cars to participate in the Blancpain Endurance Series race on August 27 at Magny Cours.

The supply ran out early, similar to what happened with the 12C road car used as the basis of the 12C GT3 race car. McLaren intended for the production of the 12C GT3 to be limited as it aims to develop close relationships and offer continuing engineering support to its customers racing in 2012 and even after.

The distribution of the race cars will be limited to private owners and race teams for racing in Europe in 2012. McLaren GT started to develop the 12C GT3 in March.

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Under the new McLaren MP4-12C GT3’s development program, three vehicles were entered into the Total 24 Hours of Spa on July 30 to 31, 2011. McLaren GT did well in its debut 24-hour endurance race and boasts the successful integration of a future McLaren GT customer into the team at Spa, the impressive lap times, as well as the safety of McLaren GT Project Manager and driver Andrew Kirkaldy after a high-speed incident.

Car 60 impressed as it finished its debut endurance race at Spa-Francorchamps. It ran in partnership with future McLaren customer team VonRyan Racing. Roger Wills, Glynn Geddie, Adam Christodoulou and Phil Quaife were part of a team of drivers assembled specifically for the race.

On lap 256, the 12C GT3 with Christodoulou obtained an outstanding lap time of 2:23.214. McLaren GT executive and automotive chief test driver Chris Goodwin shared that the performance of the 12C GT3 and its drivers in car 60 was “equally pleasing.” He further stated that the feedback from the team’s drivers and engineers reveals that the 12C GT3 is meeting its driveability and reliability targets.

Read the entire article McLaren MP4-12C GT3 makes its debut successfully at the Total 24 Hours of Spa

This weekend, McLaren GT is going back to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit for Total 24 Hours of Spa, after having had a triumphant race debut in the British GT Championship earlier this month. At the second race in the development program of the MP4-12C GT3, 10 skilled racing drivers will be helming three cars in the 12C GT3’s first ever 24 hour race.

CRS Racing Team Principal Andrew Kirkaldy and McLaren Automotive Chief Test driver Chris Goodwin are both included in the McLaren GT driver lineup for the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

They are executives of the new McLaren GT company, which is headed by McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh and also includes McLaren Racing Head of Vehicle Engineering Mark Williams. For the 2011 race season, McLaren GT aims to develop the 12C GT3, with 20 cars expected to be delivered to privateer teams for GT3 series racing in 2012.

Read the entire article McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to compete at the Spa-Francorchamps this weekend

The new GT3 car from McLaren has made its global debut at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is the first car that the company built for racing outside of Formula 1 ever since the McLaren F1 GTR. Based on McLaren’s MP4-12C high-performance road car, the new GT3 car received revisions as it underwent a brief intense period of development.

New parts that are meant to optimize the car’s aerodynamic performance include a front radiator, which extends the maximum ambient temperature at which the car can operate. It also features a new gearbox cooler on the rear Aerodeck.

The model has an aerodynamics package that consists of a new front splitter, door blade, rear wing, diffuser and louvers in the front fenders. All of these are built entirely from carbonfiber by McLaren Racing.

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McLaren unveiled its GT3 car at the same time as revealing plans related to its 2011 team and development program for the Total 24 Hours of Spa endurance race. The GT3 is based on the new MP4-12C high-performance sports car and it is powered by the same 3.8l McLaren V8 twin turbo ‘M838T’ engine that’s only de-tuned to 500 PS (from 600 PS).

The new MP4-12C GT3 will get a one-of-a-kind engine calibration, bespoke racing transmission that was made in partnership with Ricardo (who was a co-developer of the engine) and a suspension arrangement made for racing.

The initial demand for the first 20 McLaren MP4-12C GT3s is quite high. There are about 20 more GT3s that will be produced through 2013 and 2014. The new MP4-12C GT3 is set to arrive at the Blancpain Endurance Series race at Spain’s Circuito de Navarra this season.

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Martin Whitmarsh, chief executive officer of McLaren Group, is set to disclose the details for the company’s MP4-12C GT3 race car at a press conference in the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, England on May 4, 2011. By then, the public will know the technical specification, development programme, driver line-up and race plans for the race car.

The 12C GT3 will undergo development and testing programme of strict standards over the 2011 race season before the 20 units are shipped to privateer teams for racing in 2012.

The concept phase of the 12C GT3 began in 2010 at the McLaren simulator, which has played an essential role in defining the technical specification and engineering requirements of the race car. Recently, the 12C GT3 was tested at FIA-certified circuits and it was found that it already delivers race-ready performance.

Read the entire article McLaren MP4-12C GT3 test programme comes to an end, full specs to be revealed in May

McLaren has released the first images and results of the tests conducted on the MP4-12C GT3 car. McLaren confirmed in late 2010 that it is returning to GT racing and also that it has been preparing several McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars for European-based private racers. In particular, the first McLaren MP4-12C GT3 tests were done at the MIRA proving ground facility and Silverstone Circuit in England.

McLaren GT Project Manager Andrew Kirkaldy and McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin were behind the wheel during the tests. Based on the McLaren carbon MonoCell chassis, the 12C GT3 weighs only 75kg and is built in a revolutionary one-piece mould. The GT3 car has been given race specification composite body panels and a fixed rear wing.

The race car is powered by the same 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 as in the production car but it was tuned to race specification. McLaren will also put in a bespoke paddle-shift system operating an all-new Ricardo-designed gearbox developed for racing.

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It had been 12 years since the last time the company’s racers appeared at Le Mans, but McLaren finally announced a comeback to GT sports racing with the development of a new racing car converted from the McLaren MP4-12C high performance sports cars. The new car was developed in cooperation with UK-based CRS Racing. The new GT3 race car was made available exclusively to European privateers since 2012.

Each recipient of the GT3 received full support from both MacLaren and CRS Racing. The 12C-based GT3 boasted of lightweight construction and excellent aerodynamics. The new design, which made use of a moulded carbon chassis called the Monocell, generated just the ideal downforce and aerodynamic factor to ensure excellent racing performance.

In addition to ensuring great functionality, the McLaren-CRS tandem created a car that was also visually appealing to racing car enthusiasts. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh explained that the development of the new GT3 from the 12C is an effort towards maintaining the company’s excellent reputation in GT Racing and other racing events in the world.

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In just four years, Audi Sport customer racing is already unveiling its fourth race car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Introducing the new Audi R8 LMS GT3, the newest evolution of the carmaker’s second-generation Audi R8 LMS.

After introduced in 2015, the second-gen Audi R8 LMS race car quickly made a name in different major endurance races, like those in Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca and Nurburgring, as well as in Sepang and Spa. It managed to get a number of championship titles, as well as wins in the FIA GT World Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.

In 2016, Audi Sport followed up the heavily successful Audi R8 LMS with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car. Then last year, Audi Sport launched an evolved version of the Audi R8 LMS -- the Audi R8 LMS GT4 sports car. Now, the Audi R8 LMS has further been evolved into a new form – its second evolution -- in the persona of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that was recently unveiled at Paris.

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With 720 PS (710 hp or 530 kW) of max output, a carbon fiber chassis, aerodynamic body and stunning sports car design, the McLaren 720S is nothing short of amazing. By next year, customer teams can pilot a race-focused version of the Super Series as the British carmaker announces the eventual arrival of the new McLaren 720S GT3.

Being developed by McLaren Automotive’s new customer racing division, the 720S GT3 has just finished undergoing extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Now, the development program is in the track-based phase, which includes a punishing test regime that should help validate the GT racer’s key performance data as well as long-distance durability. Track testing is now being conducting extensively across Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Development prototypes are scheduled to cover over 18,500 miles to confirm the GT racer’s exceptional durability and efficiency. The program also includes various 24- and 36-hour tests. The first two development prototypes have already began the test program that will cover tracks on Europe and the US. An intensive Middle East program is scheduled to start before the end of the 2018.

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Porsche recently decided that they will stick to their roots as long as they possibly could, and I mean as long as the market allows it. The automaker is assuring its buyers that it is still committed to rear-mounted, naturally aspirated engines as well as manual gearboxes despite the news circulating that the new 911 GT3 is allegedly gaining a turbocharged engine, while losing the manual gearbox.

Dr. Frank Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s head of GT motorsport and GT road cars, in his interview with Australian publication Drive during the Bathurst 12 Hour, denied reports of a fully turbocharged engine lineup.

The said engine lineup will likely be paired with an aluminum architecture shared with other cars like the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan. He added that a sports car will fit a normally aspirated engine, and that with a turbocharged engine, performance will be different. Furthermore, he states that the automaker will continue using naturally aspirated engines as long as they could.

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We are pretty much aware that a lot of people purchase limited run cars to sell them for double or triple the price. And this always happens with whatever brand you can think of. One of the models that have been flipped by resellers is the limited-run 911 R.

And as a response to this, the man in charge of the Porsche 911 recently admitted that they came out with the GT3 Touring package at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in September to target resellers who have been flipping their cars.

If you are a huge fan of the Porsche 911, you probably know that the original retail price of the R is $185,000. But since there are only 991 examples of this made, making it extra rare, resellers had the chance to skyrocket the prices. In fact, there are 911 Rs out there that are still up for grabs, only they cost $1.25 million now. Of course, any automaker who took their time, effort, and sweat into developing these cars would not be happy to hear this news, and that is why they came out with the Touring Pack for the 911 GT3.

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McLaren revealed that a 720S GT3 is already underway and will in fact keep their hands very busy for the most of 2018, considering that most of the development will be taking place at the company’s new facility in Woking, England. Despite not disclosing any technical details, McLaren at least shared a couple of renderings of the 720S GTS to give everyone a glimpse of its future racecar.

We’ve noticed on the rendering that it turns out to appear more aggressive than its road going version mainly for its race-spec features. For one, the 720S GT3 now has a new pair of dive planes-- one on the left and one on the right. It also has a new vented hood at the middle plus huge new air intakes at the front end. Even the pair of side mirrors seems to have an air of aerodynamic quality into them as well.

There are several other racing characteristics which will surely not go unnoticed even if you don’t have a keen eye for detail. The digital rendering has so far provided the 720S GT3 with high mounted exhaust pipes, massive rear wing, wider doorsill plates, huge rear diffuser and wider fenders that anyway are so obvious because they are too big.

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Have you heard of the hottest car from Bentley? Bentley’s third generation Continental GT has gotten more athletic after receiving the latest GT3 upgrade under its new platform. So what makes the GT3-spec extra special? While the Continental GT packs a 626hp 6.0-liter biturbo W12 engine, the GT3’s 4.0-liter 550hp biturbo V8 is a race-specified engine integrated with the Cosworth management system.

In addition to the upgraded dry sump, intake and exhaust, majority of the Continental GT’s standard markings were stripped off to achieve the GT3’s ideal weight. That means, Bentley Motorsport did whatever is necessary to transform the GT into a pure race car--- including stripping out the interior and installing a number of carbon fiber body panels.

The carbon fiber diet was a huge success as the GT3 race car only weighs about 2,866lbs (1300kg) which is significantly lighter than the regular GT. The weight loss is estimated to have reached a total of 2081 pounds or 944 kilograms.

Read the entire article Here’s your first look at the 2018 Bentley Continental GT3 race car