Despite its weight saving, the car's dihedral doors are retained
The 616bhp supercar will cost £195,000 when it goes on sale
The car was first shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year
The car sits 40mm lower than the standard 12C
The special version was one of a number of bespoke models shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The first run of 20 units are expected before the end of 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.