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.
The 720S GT3 is powered by a race-prepared version of the McLaren M840T 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which is tuned to deliver improved torque curve for conventional races and greater efficiency for endurance competition. Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed sequential paddle gearbox with a new electronic shift actuator for increased levels of shift-speed.
Complementing the race-prepped engine are: a new braking system; a new rear suspension geometry; four-way adjustable dampers and coil-over springs; race-oriented driveshafts and wheel hubs; a fast-change, center-lock wheel design; and a built-in air-jacking system.
The McLaren 720S GT3 also features an adjustable pedal-box and an adjustable steering wheel position, with the availability of a rear-view camera and radar system with dash display as well as tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
To further improve its race track stability and aerodynamic efficiency, the 720S GT3 makes use of carbon fiber and composite body panels, a bespoke splitter, floor assembly and dive-planes as well as an aerodynamically optimized GT3-spec rear wing.
As per 2019 FIA regulations, the left-hand drive McLaren 720S GT3 features carbon-Kevlar race seat fitted with mountings. As standard, it is fitted with an all-new roll cage, six-point harness winged-headrest seat, side-impact foam and roof-hatch extraction system.
According to the schedule, the new McLaren 720S GT3 race car will have competition debut in 2019, joining the McLaren Sports Series 570S GT4 race car that claimed eight championship titles in its 2017 debut season. Interested customer teams need to shell out $564,000 Ex-Works for the 720S GT3.