Track-focused 12C GT Sprint to cost less than £200,000
Darren Moss
1 October 2013

The track-focussed McLaren 12C GT Sprint will cost £195,000, it has been announced.

The 12C GT Sprint has been built by McLaren's race car arm McLaren GT, alongside McLaren Automotive, and while it retains many of the same systems as the standard 12C it has been repurposed as a track day car.

It features Brake Steer, McLaren's active Airbrake and a recalibrated Proactive Chassis Control (PCC) system is claimed to provide "a truly bespoke GT racing experience, which can be set to individual driver preference".

The 12C's 3.8-litre twin turbo engine has been tuned to develop 616bhp, and is mated to a seven-speed twin clutch gearbox. A bespoke oil and cooling system have been added, as well as a central front radiator derived from the 12C GT3.

The car sits 40mm lower than the standard 12C, with the PCC suspension being re-tuned to suit its decreased ride height. McLaren says that this tuning, in combination with Pirelli racing slick tyres, gives the 12C GT Sprint a much firmer and track-orientated handling setup.

The 12C GT Sprint also allows the driver to select from three different handling modes which change damping, roll stiffness and ESP settings to suit different tracks.

A new, more aggressive front bumper, GT3-derived bonnet and larger radiator exit ducts and front wing louvres complete the exterior modifications.

A range of bespoke options from McLaren, including more lightweight bodywork and a carbon fibre rear wing developed using computational fluid dynamics, are also available.

Inside, the 12C GT Sprint gets an FIA-approved rollcage and fire extinguisher system, with a lightweight composite seat for the driver. A lightweight version of the 12C's air conditioning system provides some comfort.

The dashboard is made completely from carbonfibre, and houses a digital display and switchgear. A McLaren-developed steering wheel completes the setup.

Our Verdict

McLaren 12C

The McLaren 12C has extraordinary pace and handling, but is a touch clinical

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1 October 2013

Are the 12C and SLS rivals because the Merc is a lot more money. Also, is the 12C only available in McLaren Orange? That last one a purely hypothetical enquiry, sadly.

1 October 2013
Autocar wrote:

Track-focussed...

It's a bit more than that, it's not road legal...!


1 October 2013

Well, not at £195,000, ok, that's a dig, of course it dear for what it is,but it will be interesting to see how it performs.

Peter Cavellini.

1 October 2013

I want to see this compete with the 458 Speciale. Right now on looks it's 1-0 Ferrari.

2 October 2013

Amazing supercar, it worth for this price !

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