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McLaren Reveals 720S GT3

McLaren reveals new 720S GT3 under development for next year, set for customer launch in 2019…

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McLaren has revealed that it will build an all-new GT3 car, the 720S GT3, next year ahead of customer deliveries in 2019.

It will mark the British manufacturer’s third GT3 model, following the MP4-12C and 650S GT3, and first built in its new dedicated facility in Woking.

Development of the 720S GT3 is set to get underway next year, with it making its competition debut in a yet-to-be-determined end of year race.

The road-going 720S, launched at the Geneva Motor Show this year, features a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and can go from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds, faster than the 650S.

“McLaren is built on racing and providing our growing family of customers with unique and exhilarating driving experiences,” said McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt.

“It therefore makes sense for us to unveil a dedicated, widened motorsport program designed to support and enable more of our customers to focus on enjoying the thrill of pushing our cars on the track.

“The 720S GT3 will provide a stunning race-going addition to our Super Series product family and drivers will now be able to hone their skills under expert guidance backed-up by our technicians at the circuit and our motorsport retailers away from it.”

New Motorsport Division Established

It’s understood the GT3 project is being spearheaded by a restructured motorsports group within McLaren, following the alleged termination of its contract with CRS GT Limited, which had been operating under the McLaren GT entity with Andrew Kirkaldy at the helm.

Sportscar365 understands that former Strakka Racing team principal Dan Walmsley, who joined McLaren late last year in its special operations division, is set to lead the manufacturer’s new GT racing endeavors. 

McLaren, however, has yet to comment on the department shakeup.

Bell Confirmed as Factory Driver; New Driver Development Program

Rob Bell will continue as a McLaren factory driver, spearheading a new driver development program, while also work on the new GT3 car.

Jordan Albert (21), Charlie Fagg (18), Michael O’Brien (22) and Lewis Proctor (21) have all been selected for the program and will compete in pairs driving two McLaren GT4 cars next year.

“The McLaren Automotive Driver Development Programme has been established to help gifted young drivers realize their motorsport ambitions: if they have the talent, regardless of their background, we want to be there to guide them and foster their racing skills,” Flewitt said.

“These drivers will be our future in endurance racing and in the four we have selected this year, we believe that with McLaren’s support all of them are potential GT championship winners.”

McLaren Motorsport Retailers Confirmed

McLaren Automotive has also confirmed the first details of retailers approved to retail the brand’s motorsport products, including the new GT3 and championship-winning McLaren 570S GT4 car.

Appointed from the existing McLaren retailer network, initially 10 retailers will offer motorsport support and service with the first such retailer to be announced being McLaren Glasgow, the recipient of the brand’s retailer of the year award.

Alongside Glasgow in Europe will be Zurich; North America will be represented by Dallas, Newport Beach, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Scottsdale and Toronto, while the Asia-Pacific region will have representation in both Melbourne and the spiritual home of McLaren, New Zealand, with the Auckland retailer.

The company has also unveiled plans to extend its existing Pure McLaren customer track day series by creating the Pure McLaren-GT race series that will race in 2018 at European circuits.

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John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Monoq

    November 21, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Wow! Didn’t see that one coming.
    On the first sight the front looks amazing!
    However, I have to say the rear doesn’t look as good as on the road car.
    On the street car the curving of the tail lights is managed good so it looks beautiful, but I think with the wider bodykit they didn’t quite manage to keep that look. The front does also look better on the road car.
    Well I’m excited to see how it’s going to compete against the rest of the GT3 cars.

  2. Davy

    November 21, 2017 at 9:24 am

    McLaren cars are ugly as sin. They are so lucky that oil sheiks seem to love that hideous style.

    • Tyler Sanders

      November 21, 2017 at 11:27 am

      i like the way there cars look and i’m not a oil sheik

      • Davy

        November 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        Did you buy one?

  3. J.C.

    November 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Looks a lot better than the road version of this car.

  4. fourloko

    November 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    this in the same class as bmw? *que ford gt prototype comments*

  5. Binky

    November 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Hah, I was just saying yesterday that the CRS operation needs a major management/tech overhaul and it turns out that was already the plan.

  6. daedalus

    November 25, 2017 at 11:25 am

    hopefully they have sorted out the weight distribution problem, the 12c and 650s is much more rear biased compared to other mid engine cars causing understeer unless you can handle a car being twitchy at the rear, hence the AMs avoid it just like the 911. They made it better with the 650s by increasing the front track width but it was just band aid.

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