Track days are so popular these days that most car makers produce specially-prepared versions of their sports models for the fans of pedal to the metal action. This is what McLaren has come up with, the 12C GT Sprint. The Sprint slots between the normal 12C and the GT3 race car.
So it is the perfect machine for the rich gentlemen who enjoy a spot of causal racing on weekends. McLaren will begin by producing 20 units of the GT Sprint later this year and selling them £200,000 apiece, and if it were successful they might make more.
Developed by McLaren GT, the racing division of the British super car maker, the Sprint shares some of its features with the GT3 car. It boasts a MonoCell chassis, ProActive Chassis Control, (PCC), Brake Steer and the McLaren Airbrake, as well as a bespoke central front radiator and unique oil system, ceramic brakes, and on-board air jacking.
Lower ride height and racing slick tyres are among the other track-focused features, while the tweaked suspension and its electronic brake are also tweaked for circuit driving. As with the road-going car, the driver can choose what sort of roll stiffness and ESP settings he wants using switches on the dashboard.
The 12C GT Sprint features optimised aerodynamic and cooling upgrades with a GT3 style front bumper and a fixed rear wing. Inside you find an FIA-approved rollcage and integrated fire extinguisher system, carbon racing seats, and six point harness, but because it is not a full-on racing machine, there is also air conditioning.
The 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine remains in its standard 625 PS form.