Mclaren on track with a pow­er­ful new­comer

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

ANY­ONE with a spare £200,000 and a de­sire to turn X-Box rac­ing into the real thing will want to get their or­der in for the McLaren 12C GT Sprint – a high per­for­mance vari­ant of the 12C.

The track-only model is built around a light­weight car­bon fi­bre Mono­Cell chas­sis and pow­ered by a 625PS, 3.8litre twin turbo engine linked to the 12C’s seven speed twin clutch gear­box. Sporty aes­thet­ics in­clude an “ag­gres­sive” front bumper, GT3-in­spired bon­net with ra­di­a­tor exit ducts and front wing lou­vres. Ride height has been low­ered by 40 mm and the sus­pen­sion ad­justed ac­cord­ingly. Car­bon ce­ramic (CCM) brake discs and rac­ing slicks com­plete the pic­ture.

Three han­dling modes al­low the driver to se­lect the pre­ferred damp­ing, roll stiff­ness and ESP set­tings. In­side, the 12C GT Sprint is fit­ted with an FIA-ap­proved rollcage and in­te­grated fire ex­tin­guisher sys­tem to­gether with a rac­ing seat and six­point har­ness. A car­bon fi­bre dash houses the race de­vel­oped dig­i­tal dis­play and key ve­hi­cle con­trols.

And just in case the car isn’t eye-catch­ing enough, the 12C GT Sprint will be fin­ished in McLaren Or­ange as stan­dard.

The first 20 mod­els will be ready to take to the track later this year.

FAST LANE: The McLraen 12C GT Sprint.

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