For the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren is planning a global premiere. After announcing the P1 GTR, it appears that Mclaren will follows the same theme at Goodwood as it will unveil the 650S GT3, a track-focused version of its latest masterpiece. McLaren unveiled the 12C GT3 back in 2011 at the same Goodwood Festival of Speed, which makes it the perfect place for the 650S GT3 unveiling.
We don’t have any details regarding the new car but we do expect it to carry the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that will deliver over 650 hp.
In addition, the 650S GT3 will be faster than the street version that can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.4 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 25.4 seconds.
The Mclaren 650S GT3 will also receive a new body kit including a rear wing. Moreover, it will be offered with new features such as a front radiator to extend the maximum ambient temperature at which it can operate, as well as a new gearbox cooler on the rear Aerodeck. The new design will include a new fornt splitter, door blade, rear wing and rear air diffuser.
Just like the 12C GT3 that is currently winning races around the world in its third season, the new McLaren 650S GT3 is also designed to continue this winning streak. Tagged as the second-generation GT3 car from McLaren GT, the highly intimidating 650S GT3 – both in performance and looks – follows the tracks of the 12C GT3. So far, the 12C GT3 has won three championship titles, 51 race victories and 71 podium finishes. The 12C GT3 is the current leader of the Blancpain Endurance Series as well as the GT Asia championship.
Derived from the recently revealed McLaren 650S, the new 650S GT3 is also underpinned by the same lightweight carbon fiber MonoCell chassis. However, the new 650S GT3 represents a much-improved version thanks to the employment of CFD technology and the latest in automotive and motorsport simulation, resulting to better levels of aerodynamics and cooling.
The front appearance of the 650S GT3 is marked by larger air intakes and an aggressive splitter and dons the familiar McLaren “face,” which now appears more intimidating and threatening. Its sides, meanwhile, are marked by an all-new lightweight carbon fiber body with re-profiled air intakes. On the other hand, its fixed carbon fiber rear wing and large carbon fiber splitter work together to manage air across, through and beneath the new 650S GT3.
McLaren designed and engineered the 650S to offer the ultimate in driver engagement on the road. Now, McLaren is employing the same approach for the 650S GT3, but for GT race drivers. The new 650S GT3 has its suspension geometry modified, its track widened and its overall setup updated to delivers optimized levels engagement for drivers participating in GT racing. Furthermore, these updates focused on endurance racing, building on McLaren’s past experience while responding to feedbacks from customer teams.