McLaren Automotive has launched the 12C GT Sprint, a car that’s been made exclusively for driving on the racing track. Based on the successful MP4-12C, the GT Sprint has been developed in conjunction with the company’s GT racing division, not the Formula One guys. But the effect is quite similar.
The engine is still the trusted 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 but has now been tweaked to pull out 460kW of mass power through the familiar 7-speed double clutch gearbox. There are no performance figures quoted but we know the normal 12C can blow back wind to the tune of 100km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds. So the 12C GT Sprint could probably muster the same in 3 or even 2.9 seconds.
Some of the development achievements listed for the 12C GT Sprint include the use of Brake Steer, the McLaren Airbrake and a Proactive Chassis Control system. Ride height has been lowered by some 40mm, while the track blaster runs on 19-inch wheels with Pirelli competition tyres. There is a massive fixed rear wing to keep things planted on the ground.
The interior is kept at a bare minimum with things that are unneeded removed completely. Left for purpose is a lightweight racing seat with a 6-spoint harness and a fire extinguisher, just in case it all goes sideways.
McLaren promises that the 12C GT Sprint will be made available in all its global markets, which in this case includes Mzansi. Pricing in the United Kingdom is set at today’s equivalent of R3.1 million, but we believe that local distributor Daytona Group will probably put at least a R900 000 premium on it.