This year, McLaren are set to start testing the new 720S GT3 race car. Constructed in a new dedicated facility in Woking, this new racing car will join the highly successful 570S GT4 in McLaren’s GT racing activities.
The unveiling of McLaren’s new 720S GT3 – that will be released for sale to customer teams in 2019 - came alongside a whole host of announcements that will see the company engage with motorsport customers in a whole new way, create a one-make GT racing series and start a Driver Development Programme.
Benefitting from McLaren’s extensive experience of success in GT racing, the new 720S GT3 takes the road car’s MonoCage II carbon fibre structure and then adds a whole host of motorsport specific components to become a superb racing car.
Power comes from a race-prepared 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with power being fed through a six-speed sequential gearbox to the rear wheels.
As you’d expect, extensive aerodynamic modifications have been made to the exterior to ensure that the 720S GT3 offers low aerodynamic drag to ensure speed whilst also developing the levels of downforce that are required in sports car racing. Completing the package, the new racing car utilises adjustable dampers and coilover springs that have been extensively tried and tested throughout McLaren’s racing career.
Strengthening McLaren’s relationship with their customer racing teams, the brand also announced that certain McLaren retailers across the globe will now be approved to retail motorsport products. Strictly limited to just ten retailers worldwide, these particular dealerships will be able to support customer racing teams in the supply and service of all McLaren motorsport products.
The brand has also announced that they will be extending the existing Pure McLaren customer track day series with an all-new Pure McLaren-GT race series. Aimed at McLaren owners with extensive track experience, the series will supply customers with a full ‘arrive and drive’ package (meaning that all cars are maintained by official McLaren engineers and technicians) and allows them to take a substantial step into the world of motorsport.
The final announcement that came alongside the new McLaren 720S GT3 was the confirmation of a new Driver Development Programme that would aim to nurture young motorsport talent. Comprising of everything from fitness and nutrition to race craft and PR, the programme will identify talent and then place them within an environment that seeks to grow their abilities through McLaren’s extensive racing knowledge.
McLaren’s racing programme has now been operating for seven years and certainly seems to be heading in a very exciting direction. The 720S GT3 will be making its competition debut in 2019 and we cannot wait to see it in action out on track. What do you think of McLaren’s new motorsport plans? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.