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PostSubject: McLaren 12C GT3 Now Approved To Race in North America   Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:37 am


The McLaren 12C GT3 has been confirmed eligible for the Pirelli World Challenge following a strong competitive debut season in Europe. This announcement means that the British-built racer is now able to compete in North America for the first time.



The 12C GT3 enjoyed a promising 2012 season, claiming 19 victories and a further 19 podium finishes, and has been enhanced further for the 2013 season. These upgrades are designed to further optimize the performance of the car in the more varied conditions found in global championships. The enhancements are evident through the updated bonnet and ducting, designed to ensure that the 12C GT3 can run competitively in higher temperatures than those experienced during 2012.

"McLaren has a very distinguished racing history in the United States, contesting and dominating the iconic Can-Am series with a record 43 race victories and five championships from 1967 to 1971, courtesy of our founder Bruce McLaren himself and his team-mate Denny Hulme," said McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh. "We also won the legendary Indy 500 race three times – in 1972, 1974 and 1976 – courtesy of Mark Donohue and Johnny Rutherford. Bearing in mind the Stateside successes of those four McLaren legends, it’s particularly pleasing to note that the McLaren 12C GT3 has now been approved to run in the Pirelli World Challenge – the sports car racing series that follows the IndyCar calendar. The 12C GT3 enjoyed plenty of success throughout the last year, proving itself to be a true contender and claiming victories in a number of different championships across the world. It will be a true testament to the enduring power of Bruce McLaren’s legacy to see the McLaren brand make a return to racing in North America on a regular basis throughout 2013, the year in which we’re celebrating the marque’s 50th anniversary."

2013 McLaren 12C GT3 technical specification
Chassis/Body
- McLaren carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminium front and rear sub-frames
- Bespoke lightweight carbon fibre body panels
- Left hand drive
- FIA approved safety roll cage
Aerodynamics
- Front splitter
- Rear wing, fully adjustable with gurney
- Front and rear diffusers
Engine/Management
- Race prepared 3.8L V8 twin turbo McLaren M838T
- McLaren Electronics ECU interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec transmission control units
Transmission
- Six-speed sequential motorsport transmission pneumatically actuated via steering wheel mounted paddles
Electrical System
- Lightweight motorsport specification wiring and connectors
- Electronic power management system
- Membrane type switch panel
Data System
- McLaren Electronics ‘ATLAS’ data system
- Digital dash display
Front/Rear Suspension
- Double wishbone adjustable for ride height, camber and toe
- Four-way adjustable dampers with coil over springs
- Motorsport axles with single wheel retaining nut
- Adjustable anti-roll bars
- Forged aluminium wheels: Front 12” x 18”, Rear 13” x 18”
Steering
- Electro-hydraulic power assisted steering
- Unique McLaren GT steering wheel developed from MP4-24 Formula 1 steering wheel
Fuel System
- Motorsport ‘bag tank’ system with 120L capacity
- Motorsport ‘quick-fill’ system
Brake System
- Akebono monoblock calipers with ventilated discs:
Front – 6 piston caliper, 378Ø x 36mm disc
Rear – 4 piston caliper, 355Ø x 32mm disc
- Bosch motorsport ABS

McLaren GT was launched as a new brand within the McLaren Group early in 2011, and is the race car manufacturing arm based in Woking, Surrey at the former home of McLaren Racing. Following a development year, McLaren GT supplied more than 20 examples of the 12C GT3 for racing in Europe in 2012. Each of the customer teams worked closely with McLaren GT engineers during the competitive debut season, with the opportunity to test vehicle set-up using the same simulator programme used by McLaren Racing.


(Courtesy of WC Vison)


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PostSubject: Re: McLaren 12C GT3 Now Approved To Race in North America   Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:09 pm

Awesome! The bigger the field, the better!
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PostSubject: Re: McLaren 12C GT3 Now Approved To Race in North America   Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:20 am


I highly doubt that McLaren will run this year, if they do, I don't see them doing anything before Senoma. There are some big money manufacturers that are signing up to race WC, should get interesting in the next few years, Cadillac better get on the ball if they want to repeat in GT.


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PostSubject: Re: McLaren 12C GT3 Now Approved To Race in North America   Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:19 pm

Max, I have a question: how do the GT3 cars and the WC cars compare as far as performance? That is, do any modifications take place from GT3 to WC with cars like the MP4-12C?
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PostSubject: Re: McLaren 12C GT3 Now Approved To Race in North America   Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:37 pm


Once the SCCA deems a GT3 car eligible to run in North America, it's then up to the individual series Race Director and Technical Manager to sort out the logistics, usually test runs by not only a manufacturer's driver, but also current series test drivers. Normally a new manufacturer entry, like the Merc last year at Laguna, will be heavily restricted right out of the box, until a good sampling of track times and performance attributes can establish future settings.

Last year in GTS, the Mustangs dominated St Pete and Long Beach, then they were hit with a major restrictor plate and finished no better than 3rd (twice) the rest of the season. Here's the Boss 302 Tech Specs (if your interested) "Ford Mustang Boss 302"

WC really tries hard, to a fault sometimes, to even the playing field. Example: The Volvo's will be getting a boost this year, while the Caddy's and the Vett's will be running bigger sonic restrictors. Also, the Porsche's and Audi's will have lighter base weights and lower ride heights

Dave Welch ran a Ferrari 430GT for half the season, he couldn't afford to run the full schedule in the Italian job, so any team thinking of running an expensive car like the MP4 better have some deep pockets to be competitive.






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