Track version of 720S supercar costs £440,000 and features extensive engineering upgrades from road car
James Attwood, digital editor
24 August 2018

The new McLaren 720S GT3 racing car has begun an extensive testing programme ahead of its introduction in 2019. The British firm has also finalised pricing of the car, which will cost £440,000 for ex-works versions.

The Woking manufacturer’s new racer succeeds the 650S GT3, which has won more than 50 races and a number of championships during its lifespan, including Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Australian GT Championship titles.

Two race versions of the 720S are being tested in Europe, the Middle East and the US, with more than 18,500 miles of running planned, including a number of 24-hour and 36-hour tests.

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Built to GT3 regulations for customer racing, the car will be homologated to compete from the start of 2019 onwards. McLaren says the development target has centred on speed and stability, along with making the machine accessible for drivers of all abilities. GT3 racing features a mix of professional and amateur drivers.

The 720S GT3 is powered by a race-tuned version of the 720S’s M840T twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

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The race car shares the Monocage II structure of the road version but gains race-spec bodywork, developed using extensive computational fluid dynamics simulation, and adjustable dampers with coilover springs. It runs on bespoke Pirelli tyres.

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Design and development of the 720S GT3 has taken place at a new dedicated GT race facility within McLaren Automotive’s Woking base.

When the 720S GT3 was first launched in November 2017, it was alongside a new McLaren Automotive motorsport dealer network. McLaren Glasgow will be the first of 10 international retailers across Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region offering the brand’s competition cars.

Alongside its new retailer network, McLaren Automotive has followed Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini by launching its own one-make racing series. The McLaren-GT racing series kicked off this year for the 570S GT4.

These less highly strung competition models compete on European circuits, including Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, in an ‘arrive and drive’ format.

McLaren Automotive has also invested in four drivers via its newly formed Driver Development Programme, which is tasked with finding and nurturing future GT racing talent. Young hopefuls Jordan Albert, Charlie Fagg, Michael O’Brien and Lewis Proctor will be mentored by Rob Bell, McLaren’s factory GT driver, and compete in 570S GT4 racers from next year.

McLaren’s customer racing programme falls under its road car arm, McLaren Automotive, which recently became the McLaren Group’s largest division with 2100 employees. The company’s Formula 1 programme is handled by McLaren Racing.

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21 November 2017

would totally destroy this. 

Spanner

24 August 2018
Spanner wrote:

would totally destroy this. 

Well my friend, it appears time has proved otherwise.

Cannot wait to see what Mclaren does with the 720 LT.

22 November 2017

Tesla are smashing it with their 0-60 times, but once the cars are running, do you think that the heavier electric car will be a match for a tradtitional racer overall?

For now, I still think the internal combustion engine or hybrid has an edge over all-out electric for the immediate and near future. Longer term, though, electric will be the number one platform. Time will tell!

22 November 2017

And a top 0-60 with an electric is once !

 

15 December 2017

This looks SO much better than that Senna monster they pooed out the other day. It looks amazing.

24 August 2018

 £440,000....?,Just a silly price for a weekend racer, at the moment it’s the must have Car, they get great write ups, not much bad said about them, and there according to some the best Car on the Road?!, well, if you’ve got the meansthen why not?, but that is a bit of a double gulp price for what it does, unless it’s a sure fire winner out of the box which I doubt, there are just as good for less.

Peter Cavellini.

24 August 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 £440,000....?,Just a silly price for a weekend racer, at the moment it’s the must have Car, they get great write ups, not much bad said about them, and there according to some the best Car on the Road?!, well, if you’ve got the meansthen why not?, but that is a bit of a double gulp price for what it does, unless it’s a sure fire winner out of the box which I doubt, there are just as good for less.

I have no idea how this compares to the equivalent GT racers from other manufacturers, I suspect you don't either?

25 August 2018

Bob Cat Brian@, I may not, but way back fifty sixty and further back “specials” were built for the well heeled who wanted to race, some even went after landspeed records, referring to the Car as such because in this spec it would be a bumpy drive where ever,but, on a Track that’s where it come into its own, and it is fair to say it might or might not be a winner immediately...

Peter Cavellini.

24 August 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 £440,000....?,Just a silly price for a weekend racer, at the moment it’s the must have Car, they get great write ups, not much bad said about them, and there according to some the best Car on the Road?!, well, if you’ve got the meansthen why not?, but that is a bit of a double gulp price for what it does, unless it’s a sure fire winner out of the box which I doubt, there are just as good for less.

What are you on about? Did you read the article? It's a legitimate race car that conforms with GT3 standards, it could be used in a proper race series as its predecessor was. It's not just a 'weekend racer' although if someone was wealthy enough to use it for that purpose fair play to them.

25 August 2018

This is one of the most beautiful race cars of all time IMO.

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