McLaren has confirmed that it will produce a limited number of GT3 race cars, based on its MP4-12C supercar.
As part of its development, the collaborative venture with CRS Racing will see its cars compete at a limited number of European GT races in 2011, with final production ready for customers in 2012.
The road car's 592bhp, twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine will rev to 8500rpm, with its peak 442lb ft of torque available from 3000rpm, although 80 per cent is available between 2000-6500rpm. By comparison, Ferrari’s 458 produces 562bhp and 398lb ft and the Mercedes SLS 563bhp and 479lb ft from their V8 engines.
Both companies have previously worked together, producing the Le Mans winning McLaren F1 GTR 15 years ago and six ‘Longtails’ - F1 GTRs built for the 1997 FIA GT - for Le Mans 12 years ago.