McLaren Automotive has given its new MP4-12C GT3 racer its debut tests at MIRA and Silverstone.
The shakedown tests of the car developed with CRS Racing have centred on appraising new aerodynamic parts and calibrating bespoke new components.
The tests were carried out by McLaren GT project manager Andrew Kirkaldy and chief tester Chris Goodwin following extensive development of the car in the McLaren simulator in Woking. Further track tests will continue at various European circuits throughout March and April.
The racer uses the same 75kg one-piece carbonfibre MonoCell chassis as the road car. The road car’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 also features, albeit “tuned to race specification”. The Ricardo-designed gearbox with bespoke paddle shifters designed specifically for racing sends power to the rear wheels.
A new Bosch Motorsport ABS system features and there are also new electronics. McLaren Racing has developed a new aerodynamics package including a new front splitter, door blade, large fixed rear wing and louvers in the front bumper.