Here’s our first glimpse of McLaren’s new 720S GT3. The two official sketches reveal how the track-focused supercar will look, ahead of its official unveil in summer 2018. And if you’re rich enough, you can race one.
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The 720S GT3 uses a modified version of the road car’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, mated to a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. The standard – and ultra-strong – carbon fibre Monocage II chassis is retained, but with bespoke composite body panels, an aggressive front splitter and a huge rear wing.
Adjustable dampers, coil-over springs, single-nut motorsport axles, Pirelli racing tyres and, of course, a full FIA-spec roll cage complete the transformation. The car will be built at a special facility within McLaren’s Woking HQ, and ready to race for the 2019 season.
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The hardcore 720S succeeds the successful 650S GT3 (winner of the Blancpain Endurance Cup and Bathurst 12-Hour) and will sit above the 570S GT4 in McLaren’s expanding customer racing programme.
To support this, McLaren has announced a network of 10 motorsport retailers that will sell its GT cars around the world. The UK dealer is located in Glasgow, while the rest of Europe travels to Zurich.
North America gets motorsport outlets in Dallas, Newport Beach, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Scottsdale and Toronto, plus there are two in the southern hemisphere: Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand.
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Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, commented: “McLaren is built on racing and providing our growing family of customers with unique and exhilarating driving experiences. It therefore makes sense for us to unveil a dedicated, widened motorsport programme designed to support and enable more of our customers to focus on enjoying the thrill of pushing our cars on the track.
“The 720S GT3 will provide a stunning race-going addition to our Super Series product family and drivers will now be able to hone their skills under expert guidance backed-up by our technicians at the circuit and our motorsport retailers away from it.”
New Pure McLaren race series
The British company (which, lest we forget, is still just seven years old in its current incarnation) is also expanding its popular Pure McLaren track days to include a GT race series – using the 570S GT4.
As well as a sizeable bank balance, wannabe racers will need an International D grade motorsport licence. Tick those boxes and you’ll enjoy a full ‘arrive and drive’ package, with dedicated mechanics and advice from racing experts.
Who knows, you might even get talent-spotted? That dream of McLaren Formula 1 seat has never been closer…