Mclaren's new MP4-12C GT3 begins testing

Mclaren's new MP4-12C GT3 begins testing

Mar 11, 2011

McLaren has pulled the covers off the GT3 version of its new supercar, and begun testing in the UK ahead of a forthcoming competitive debut.

The MP4-12C GT3 has been put through its paces at Silverstone and MIRA's world-famous testing facility.

The car is the result of a joint venture between McLaren GT and CRS Racing, and is intended to compete in the 2012 GT3 championships.

While sharing many components with the road-going MP4 (including the one-piece carbon fibre MonoCell chassis) the racer gains a specially designed aerodynamics package and boasts a Ricardo-designed transmission.

The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 has also been tuned to suit race conditions and the GT3 adds bespoke brake and suspension systems. McLaren has signed Alvaro Parente, a 26-year-old Portugese racing driver, as its official test driver.

The car is expected to continue testing through the spring, and will be involved in a limited number of European races.