/McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Technical Specs [Video]

McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Technical Specs [Video]

MP4 12C GT3 1 at McLaren MP4 12C GT3 Technical Specs [Video]

McLaren released new details and specs of their brand-new racer, the MP4-12C GT3. Jointly developed with CRS Racing, the car will warm up in 2011 season for full participation in endurance racing in from 2012.

For the 2012 season McLaren will build 20 MP4 GT3 for privateers. They have used Formula 1 know-how and advanced technologies to make sure they will be delivering an unrivalled race car to the customers. But that’s not completely true, because there are going to be 20 of the thing, and they can rival each other! The new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will be the first McLaren car built for FIA* GT series racing since the McLaren F1 GTR finished production in1997.

Based on the road-going MP4, the GT3 is also one of the best looking race cars on the grid. They say it will deliver the highest quality, most reliable and most driveable car on the GT3 grid. We will soon realize what this car is all about as the debut is planned at this season’s Blancpain Endurance Series race at Spain’s Circuito de Navarra, followed by Magny-Cours in France and Silverstone in England. The car might also make an appearance at the Spa 24-hour.

Although it has the same 3.8-litre McLaren V8 twin turbo ‘M838T’ engine as the road car, but they had to de-tuned to 500 PS (from 600 PS) to meet the GT3 regulations. It gets a full carbon fiber integrated body and chassis, bespoke racing transmission developed in partnership with Ricardo and a suspension arrangement tuned specifically for racing.

Check out full technical specs of the car after the pictures…

MP4 12C GT3 2 at McLaren MP4 12C GT3 Technical Specs [Video]
MP4 12C GT3 3 at McLaren MP4 12C GT3 Technical Specs [Video]
MP4 12C GT3 4 at McLaren MP4 12C GT3 Technical Specs [Video]
MP4 12C GT3 5 at McLaren MP4 12C GT3 Technical Specs [Video]

McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Technical Specification

Width (mm) 1995mm
Height (mm) 1145mm
Wheelbase (mm) 2670mm
Fuel tank capacity 120 litres
Chassis/body McLaren carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminium front and rear frames and bespoke carbon body panels
Aerodynamics Front and rear diffuser, front splitter, dive planes and adjustable rear wing.
Transmission 6 speed sequential using actuation via steering wheel mounted paddles

Limited slip differential with a range of ramps and adjustable pre-load.

Wet sump

Sintered clutch hydraulically operated

Driveshafts with tripod joints

Engine type V8 twin turbo McLaren M838T
Engine capacity 3.8L
Bore x Stroke 93 x 69.9
Max. Engine speed Limited to 7500rpm
Cylinder block Cast aluminium , 90 deg V angle, dry sump scavenge, Nikasil coated liners
Crankshaft Forged steel flat plane
Pistons Forged aluminium
Conrods Forged steel
Cylinder head Cast aluminium with plastic composite cam covers, inlet & exhaust variable cam timing
Valvetrain 32V with 40 deg variable cam timing on intake & exhaust. Low mass with sliding contact end pivoted pinger followers, single variable rate springs and hollow cast chilled iron camshafts
Intake system Two water/air charge air coolers. Plastic composite plenum.
Exhaust system Cast stainless steel exhaust manifold with compact MHI fixed geometry turbo chargers.  970 deg C turbine inlet temperature.
Fuel system Returnless fuel rail with twin fuel tank mounted pumps and twin spray injectors
Engine management MESL TAG400 ECU & CIU 100

Interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec control units

Wiring harness Modular installation: Engine, chassis, fuel cell
Lubrication MOBIL1: engine and transmission
Cooling Air/water heat exchangers for engine water and charge air cooling combined with water/oil heat exchangers for engine, transmission & PAS.
Front axle SKF integrated axles with handed single wheel retaining nut
Rear axle SKF integrated axles with handed single wheel retaining nut
Front suspension Double wishbone adjustable for ride height camber and toe
Rear suspension Double wishbone adjustable for ride height camber and toe
Dampers Coil over Multimatic dampers with DSSV technology with independent bump and rebound adjustment
Front brake system Akebono 6 piston monoblock calliper

378Ø x 36mm Iron ventilated disc

Rear brake system Akebono 4 piston monoblock calliper

355Ø x 32mm iron ventilated disc

Steering Electro-hydraulic PAS
Wheels Forged Aluminium

Front 12” x 18”

Rear 13” x 18”

MESL TPS system compatible

Cockpit electronics Multifunction steering wheel with integrated driver display

Central switch panel with systems display screen

Steering wheel Derived from MP4-24 Formula 1 wheel retaining integrated driver display, paddle shift and switches


Notes to editors:

* Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

**Dry weight with lightweight options

***McLaren Automotive defines the ‘core’ sector of the high performance sports car market as those cars priced from £125,000-£175,000 in the UK

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