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Track-testing of near-complete McLaren 720S GT3 starts in Europe and US

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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GT3-specified McLaren 720S to hit the race tracks in 2019

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.

Read the entire article GT3-specified McLaren 720S to hit the race tracks in 2019

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

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

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Edition 50 celebrates five decades of AMG

Fifty years ago, engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher left Mercedes-Benz and decided to rent a barn in Burgstall an der Murr just by Stuttgart where they created the “AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH”. To keep you enlightened, “AMG” comes from the initials of their surnames, while the “G” comes from the initial of Grossapach, that was Aufrecht’s hometown back then.

A decade after AMG has been established by the two, the headquarters was moved to Affalterbach, but development of race car engines remained in Burgstall. In 1993, AMG became popular when people knew that they were the ones upgrading Mercedes models. This was the beginning of a new collaboration between both companies, and the C36 was the first mass-market car launched to compete against the BMW M3 (E36).

On January 1, 1999, Daimler-Chrysler bought 51 percent of AMG shares, then renaming it Mercedes-AMG GmbH. And by January 2005, Mercedes-AMG has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.

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It is interesting to recall how it was at the same event that took place in Geneva three years ago when Lexus first unwrapped the RC F GT3 Concept. Before it hits the motorsport arena in US, Japan and Europe, Lexus is going back once again to Switzerland for the premiere of the RC F GT3 racer.

Donning an all-black getup with a sinister body to boot, the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3 is unmistakably a tough race car to defeat in the racing circuits. To some, it does look like a winner already although the race hasn’t started yet. One thing’s for sure, we know it’s going to be a very busy year for Lexus.

In the US, there will be two RC F GT3s that will be joining the 3GT racing team. It will take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series under the GTD class. This is just for the US competition. Also this year, two more Lexus RC F GT3 will be arriving in Japan to join the LM Corsa team. It will be racing among the GT300 class of Japan’s Super GT Series.

Read the entire article Lexus RC F GT3 prepares for 2017 Geneva Motor Show debut

The final version of Lexus’ GT3 racer is now here at last and it looks meaner and more menacing than the namesake concept it was derived from. Welcome the new Lexus RC F GT3 that will be competing in several GT3 events not only in the United States, but also in Japan.

It took nearly three years before Lexus was able to unveil the final version of the Lexus RC F GT3. The Japanese premium carmaker introduced the RC F GT3 Racing Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

It was derived from the Lexus RC F Coupe that was introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The development of the concept car was focused on meeting Group GT3 international racing standards. Furthermore, testing commenced in 2014. Serving as the core of the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept was a higher-tuned version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine that powers Lexus RC F Coupe. This engine delivers over 540 hp of output to power the 2,755.8-pound RC F GT3 Racing Concept.

Read the entire article Lexus unveils new RC F GT3 racer that will take part in GT3 events in the US and Japan

Porsche revealed that starting 2017, it will offer the 911 (991) GT3 Cup with an improved drive. Already considered as the most produced GT racing vehicle in the world, this model made use of a purebred motorsport technology that allowed it to be fitted with a compact engine that comes with direct fuel injection allowing for an output of 485 hp (357 kW). In addition, this 6-cylinder 4-liter flat engine has been placed on the rear.

In terms of design, both the apron in the front and the rear section have been redesigned in order to enhance downforce. As a result, this allowed the 911 GT3 Cup to offer better performance and traction. Some features seen in the previous model however have been retained in this version like the wide wing in the rear that measures 184 centimeters. It has the same wheels in terms of dimensions. It remains equipped with the 18-inch one-piece racing wheels that have a central locking mechanism. The 270 mm. Michelin racing tires are fitted on the front axle while the 310 mm. tires are on the rear axle.

What is new is that the 911 GT3 Cup weighs 1,200 kilograms. This is all due to the use of an aluminum and steel composite which gave it a body that is both lightweight and rigid. Porsche also disclosed that a number of innovative features have been put in to ensure that engine performance and efficiency are enhanced.

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Cars being displayed at different auto shows are usually displayed on the floor just by themselves. However, since the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show or 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the unusual, we can expect some carmakers or tuners to make use of bizarre methods display their show cars. And that is just what Acura is doing at the 2016 SEMA Show for its highly anticipated Acura NSX GT3.

Instead of sitting by itself ever lonely, Acura NSX GT3 sits on a custom trailer seemingly towed by a 2017 Acura MDX. Both are customized works and so is the trailer. Initially developed by Acura’s Japanese race engineering team, the NSX GT3 has been developed to prove that the NSX – while serving as the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance – could perform basically as well as in GT3 racing.

The new Acura NSX GT3 and the NSX actually have a number of similarities, although the race car has been made distinct enough to enable it to compete in the GT3 class. For instance, both have the same overall design with similar fascias. Both have the same headlights as well as the same precision crafted front grille.

Read the entire article 2017 Acura MDX tows new Acura NSX GT3 at 2016 SEMA Show [Live Photos]

Auto shows are hosted every year to showcase various products from automakers and aftermarket specialists alike. These events are the best outlets to market creations ranging from concept cars, to production models, and even to upgraded version of previous models. One particular event is the SEMA Show, an aftermarket trade show that has been annually held in Las Vegas.

For those who do not know, SEMA is an acronym for Specialty Equipment Market Association which consists of more than 6,000 companies worldwide including aftermarket specialists, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers and restoration specialists.

An annual SEMA Show is held during the first week of November, in line with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. This is where automotive aftermarket trade groups display their newest creations along with educational seminars, networking opportunities and product demonstrations.

Read the entire article 2017 Acura MDX arrives as with custom NSX GT3 Trailer at the 2016 SEMA Show

Carbon fiber has become a trend for cars nowadays. It is like the “diet pill” for cars. The car’s weight can be reduced greatly when certain parts or even entire bodies are made of carbon fiber. Other than that, it just simply makes cars look stunning and enhances those that already boast a stunning physique. Sprinkling a little bit of raw carbon on road cars adds an extra bit of kick. This dash of magic has been seen on the door sills of the BMW i3 as well as the entirety of a Ferrari Enzo. Even Honda’s luxury line Acura is following this trend on their all new Acura NSX GT3.

Earlier this year, the most awaited Acura NSX went on sale and we thought it couldn’t get any better than that. But Acura still had a powerful card up its sleeve that even when the NSX was still good as new they just had to release an even better and faster version. Lo and behold, the Acura NSX GT3 made its first appearance at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The NSX GT3 will be Acura’s entry to the FIA GT3 class this year. It was tested in several race circuits in Europe as well as Japan and was recently tested in California under the supervision of Honda Performance Development race engineering group. The NSX GT3 has a lot in common with the road-legal NSX in terms of overall design, the fascia and headlights as well as its “ultra rigid” and lightweight body. It is slightly different from the standard NSX in terms of features, i.e. new hood with larger vent and taller air dam to assist engine cooling, and larger spoilers are a few of those, while sporting an extensive roll cage and a carbon fiber racing seat. It uses the same engine design as the standard NSX and is powered by the same twin-turbo 3.5-liter DOHC V6. Unlike the standard NSX, power will be sent on the rear wheels of the NSX GT3 using a six-speed, sequential-shift racing transmission. Expect the performance figures to change for the NSX GT3 and for the prices to be significantly higher than the standard NSX, somewhere near the $479,216 base price for the Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Read the entire article Acura NSX GT3 is pure madness in bare carbon fiber

Acura introduced the NSX GT3 racecar at the 2016 New York International Auto Show where it grabbed attention for doing away with technical complexities and staying with the hard-hitting essentials. The company also revealed its plan to start a campaign in North America for a twin-turbocharged supercar by 2017.

At present, the NSX GT3 is undergoing testing and the company expects that by fall, it will be certified as an FIA GT3 class racecar. In addition to customized bodywork, aerodynamic components have been placed in the NSX GT3 such as the underbody diffuser and large deck wing spoiler.

The hood vents have even been enlarged in order to make engine cooling even more efficient. Powering this supercar is the twin turbocharged DOHC 75-degree 3.5-liter V-6 engine. While this engine is indeed powerful, the design specifications are the same as those featured on the production version of the 2017 Acura NSX.

Read the entire article Acura presented no-frills NSX GT3 racecar at 2016 New York Auto Show

To celebrate the completion of the 2015 motorsport season and its remarkable run, Bentley is bringing together the Continental GT3 and the 4.5 Litre ‘Blower’. The current version of the GT3 met its 1929 counterpart at the British Racing Drivers’ Club at Silverstone. This Drivers’ Club was founded by Bentley Boy Dudley Benjafield, a Le Mans winner, in 1928.

While the two may have more than 80 years between them, they both have the brand’s passion when it comes to competition, innovation, and most importantly, speed. The Continental GT3 is just in its sophomore year of competing in GT races but Bentley has shown that its motorsports programme has been gaining strength over the year. Teams who participate are expected to race on four different continents.

For the 2015 season, the Continental GT3 has managed to attain multiple pole positions, race wins and podiums. One of Bentley’s biggest wins was the Blancpain Sprint Series and it even obtained the overall team title during the GT Asia Series. Other season highlights include the brand’s best-ever finish during the 24 Hours of Spa. It also led a four-car assault at the Nürburgring 24 Hours and managed to complete the Bathurst 12 Hours. Car performance is one reason for wins. Another important factor comprises the drivers, of which the Bentley had quite a good line-up to choose from.

Read the entire article Bentley displays 2 iconic racing cars -- 4.5 Litre ‘Blower’ and Continental GT3

Aston Martin Racing has unveiled the Gulf #97 Vantage GTE – a 24 Hours of Le Mans art car that designer Tobias Rehberger created. Last June 8, it was revealed to the public at the official race scrutineering in the town centre. What makes this vehicle stand out is that even when it’s static, it offers the illusion of movement and speed.

Rehberger has been the recipient of multiple awards around the world, one of which is the Golden Lion for best artist at the 2009 Venice Biennale. The German artist is famous for creating abstract art and optical effects that distort perception. He was asked by Aston Martin Racing to design a livery that would work with the Gulf Vantage GTE’s lines and colours as had never been done before.

It was 30 years ago that the first art car joined the 24-hour race. Rehberger will attend the race this Saturday as a guest of Aston Martin Racing. He said that his design is rooted in his interest in distorted perception and related phenomena such as auto moving patterns, optical effects, camouflage and visual confusion.

Read the entire article Aston Martin unveils Vantage GTE Le Mans art car by Rehberger

Porsche unveiled at the Nurburgring the all-new 2015 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 R, its latest racing car based on the 911 (991) GT3 RS production sports car. According to the German manufacturer, the engineers focused on the lightweight design, better aerodynamic efficiency, reduced fuel consumption, improved handling and increased safety.

Just like the production version, the 911 GT3 R arrives with the distinctive double-bubble roof, while the wheelbase was lengthened by 8.3 cm compared to the previous generation. Moreover, thanks to the systematic lightweight solutions for the body, add-on parts and suspension, the centre of gravity position of the vehicle was also optimized compared to its predecessor.

In addition, the roof, front cover and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear cover are made of light carbon-fiber composite material (CFRP). In order to save weight, all windows (for the first time even the windscreen) are made of polycarbonate.

Read the entire article 2016 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 R debuts at Nurburgring with 500 hp

Mercedes-AMG will unveil its latest surprise for the 2015 motorsport season at the Geneva Motor Show – the V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GT3. Developed and built to comply with the FIA's GT3 race rules, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be delivered to first customer teams at the end of 2015. This racing vehicle is derived from the Mercedes-AMG GT that will be launched in just a few days.

It provides promising prospects for customer teams, as it was derived from the proven and tested excellent racetrack performance of the standard GT. The standard Mercedes-AMG GT is the ideal basis for the GT3 racing model, thanks to its low center of gravity, perfect distribution of weight and wide track width.

This means precise cornering properties, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia -- attributes necessary for gaining top placements. Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, remarked that the high technological standard and fair race rules are spurring the company on “to push to take pole position” with its new customer racing car – Mercedes-AMG GT3.

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Lamborghini’s new Huracan GT3 was unveiled at company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The new Huracan GT3 follows the Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo, which competes in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Europe, Asia and North America this year. Meanwhile, the Huracan GT3 will compete in the Blancpain Endurance Series in over five venues in Europe.

According to the Italian manufacturer, the Huracan GT3 comes equipped with an Alu-Carbon chassis as well as a fully integrated FIA-compliant rollcage, while the subframe was modified at the front and rear in order to accommodate a high-performance water radiator (front) and the gearbox (rear).

Kerb weight is 1,239 kg with a 42/58 front/rear weight distribution. Developed in collaboration with Dallara Engineering, the bodywork features composite materials. Aerodynamics were also improved thanks to a new adjustable rear wing, adjustable front diffuser and louvres.

Read the entire article 2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 is ready to conquer the Blancpain Endurance Series

BMW is preparing to retire the well-known Z4 GT3 race car but the good news is that it will replace it with something even better, the M6 GT3. That’s right, a GT3 version of the BMW M6 Coupe will continue the success story of BMW in 2016. BMW said that it will start the first tests with the new M6 GT3 in the first quarter of 2015 and customers will be able to buy their new vehicle from the end of 2015.

This means that the first customers who will buy the M6 GT3 will be able to compete in the 2016 BMW Sports Trophy. According to BMW, orders will be accepted over the course of 2015 and the exact date from which these can be placed is yet to be announced. Just like the production version, the M6 GT3 will use the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, modified specifically for racing.

In addition, the chassis will be optimized by hand for the specific demands of the racetrack, while the vehicle will receive a new body kit with an impressive rear wing and air diffuser.

Read the entire article BMW M6 GT3 announced for 2016, will replace the Z4 GT3

The new Bentley Continental GT3 racecar got excellent results from its first test race after it logged fourth place finish in the Gulf 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi. Fielded by Team M-Sport, the Bentley Continental GT3 completed the first six hour session of the race in third place.

In the second half, the team managed to maintain the position until the final two hours, when it was engaged with a heated race with the Ferrari 458 GT3 of Kessel Racing, which the latter won. "In running an all-new car for the first time, our main goal today was to finish the race and be consistent," Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, remarked, adding that they managed to achieve that and was also able to finish fourth.

He remarked that they "leave Abu Dhabi with confidence that we will have a reliable and competitive package for 2014, when the hard work really starts." The team was able to see the Bentley Continental GT3 run well throughout the 12-hour event, thereby demonstrating its endurance reliability.

Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT3 finished fourth the Gulf 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi

David Appleby Engineering will be the first Bentley Continental GT3 customer team when it receives the new race car in January 2014. David Appleby Engineering will race under the Generation Bentley Racing banner and will compete in the British GT Championship in 2014. The team was created to develop young talent in motorsport for drivers, engineers and mechanics.

The Bentley Continental GT3 will be piloted by James Appleby (and Steve Tandy in British GT) and is available to compete in the FIA Blancpain endurance series for interested teams. James Appleby commenced his racing career in the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2008.  Since then, Appleby has competed regularly in the Aston Martin GT4 at a European level as a Junior Aston Martin Racing team driver. He received the star of the future award by Aston Martin Racing in 2010.

Tandy, meanwhile, commenced his career by racing classic sportscars in 2006. He is also familiar with the British GT Championship, having participated for the last two seasons in the GT3 class. During the period, he gained two overall wins and a number of podium finishes. Launched at Goodwood in July 2013, the Bentley Continental GT3 race car is powered by a 4.0 liter V8 twin turbo V8 that provides up to 600 bhp. It is based on the road-going Continental.

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Porsche introduced today the new 2013 911 GT3 R based on the 997 model generation. Featuring widened fender flares on the front and rear, the new 911 GT3 R looks brawnier than its predecessor. The car comes with a wider track and adapted wheels in order to provide additional improvement in traction.

For the 2013MY, the 911 GT3 R comes with upgraded aerodynamics such as fine-tuned front bumper panels, front and rear fenders, sill covers, rear panel and underbody with rear diffuser.

Furthermore, the rear wing was enlarged to the width of the vehicle and repositioned to work optimally with the redesigned body.

Read the entire article Porsche upgrades the 911 GT3 R for the 2013 model year