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McLaren MP4-12C GTR renderings by Jon Sibal - Click above for high-res image gallery

Could you imagine McLaren making a supercar and not racing it? Of course not. Even though the Woking, England-based outfit might have envisioned the original McLaren F1 purely as a road car, history naturally had different plans for it – and with spectacular results. So we were hardly surprised back in March when reports began coming in that The House That Bruce Built was planning a competition version of the new MP4-12C.

As was the case with the F1 and indicated by those earlier reports, McLaren's plans, according to AutoWeek, involves teaming up with independent racing garages to turn its road car into a racer. In this case, that firm is said to be CRS, a British outfit that's racked up a considerable number of victories in GT and open-wheel racing. But CRS will hardly be going it alone. Reports have McLaren's own people working on the design to be implemented by the outfit.

Lest you think there will only be a handful of MP4-12C competition cars on select tracks, reports have CRS building a fleet of some fifteen GT3-spec versions and another batch of GT2 machines that could find their way to Le Mans by 2013.

[Sources: AutoWeek, JonSibal]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      i wonder why mclaren aren't going after fia gt1?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because this would get beat badly by GT1 cars. As explained many times before, this is not a successor to the F1, so it's not going to be following in the F1's footsteps by competing in GT1. GT2 and GT3 are where McLaren's current rivals are (Ferrari F430, Porsche 911, and Lamborghini Gallardo/Audi R8).
      • 4 Years Ago
      All very interesting I'm sure but what I find very curious is
      how little information they have released on this car's motor.
      Do they make it themselves or will they buy it from a manufacturer?
      Come to think of it have McLaren ever built their own motors?
      F1 motor was by BMW while in all the forms of racing they've
      participated in it's always other's powerplants- MB,Peugeot,
      Ford, TAG(Porsche), big block Chevrolets in CanAm, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The "regular" MP4-12C is powered by a bespoke engine made by McLaren (apparently no doner engine would be good enough)

        The car is powered by a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. The engine produces 592 bhp (441 kW; 600 PS) and 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) of torque. It has a redline of 8,500 rpm, with 80% of torque available at just 2,000 rpm.[3][4] When they announced the car, McLaren claimed that their engine will have a higher horsepower to carbon dioxide emission ratio than any internal-combustion engine available at the time.[5] Contrary to earlier speculation, this is McLaren’s own V8, dubbed M838T using twin turbos and driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The V8 has a dry sump and a flat-plane crank like a race engine, to lower the centre of gravity and allow a higher rev limit.


        Just imagine how this thing can be tweaked!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see McLaren is still using cigarette sponsorship!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those are independent renderings made by Jonsibal to represent what the old Mclaren F1 liveries would look like on the new MP4. And they are so cool, especially the Fina!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Talk about looking good at speed...

      Personally i just don't like the GTR one much, but other than that they all look great
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh that picture brings out the little kid in me, when I say " That looks so coooool"
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