Stand back then for a battle royal with all the big names – Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, BMW, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin et al – in all the major GT3 series. To fight its corner McLaren says the 720S GT3 will be able to call on ultimate handling that’s aimed at both professional and amateur drivers, as well being quicker, easier and cheaper for teams to run.
Optimised fuel efficiency and tyre management have been prioritised, together with improved reliability, durability and serviceability, says the company. To achieve all this 90 per cent of the 720S road car’s components have been changed or optimised. Design and development have been undertaken at a new dedicated GT race facility at McLaren Automotive where all new GT3 cars will be hand-assembled.
The carbon body panels are unique to the GT3 and the splitter, rear wing and diffuser are among the bespoke items, though with its familiar profile, teardrop cabin and “eye socket” lights there’s no mistaking it for a 720S, even in its stunning gold and blue livery. At the car’s heart is a race prepared version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, enhanced to deliver an improved torque curve for racing. There’s a new six-speed sequential paddle gearbox, a Salisbury-type adjustable limited slip differential and cockpit-adjustable traction control and ABS. Suspension and and brakes are similarly new and an air-jack is built in.