Track-Only 12C: McLaren Brings Speed Enhancements for 12C GT Sprint

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McLaren 12C GT Sprint Press Photo

Own a McLaren 12C, but don’t want to dirty it up at your next track day? Boy, does McLaren have some $300,000 news for you! Its 12C GT Sprint is your car optimized for track-only duty, including a full roll cage, aerodynamic tweaks, and other enhancements. (Photo courtesy McLaren.)

The McLaren 12C was already a pretty darned impressive machine, but perhaps to spare its megafilthyrich buyers from dirtying up their rare hypercars during track days, McLaren’s bringing the 12C GT Sprint for track use only.

According to the release from McLaren, the 12C GT Sprint “bridges the gap between the 12C, itself fully accomplished on both road and track, and the all-out racing 12C GT3 and 12C GT Can-Am Edition models.” So if you’re a hobby or club racer, it sounds like this Mac’s for you.

“Built around the lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, and with developments to systems such as ProActive Chassis Control, (PCC), Brake Steer and the McLaren Airbrake, the latest model from McLaren GT has been honed to deliver a more track-focused GT racing experience whilst retaining the balance and precise characteristics much praised in the road car,” the release said.

The 12C GT Sprint is able to put down 616 horsepower out of its 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine thanks to a lowered, race-optimized suspension and aerodynamics package as well as Pirelli racing slick tires, the release said. Much like a race-bred version of many Lexus vehicles we’ve tested, the 12C GT Sprint has three selectable modes that tweak the car’s response to driver inputs– in this case, they dial-in the driver’s preferred damping, roll stiffness, and ESP settings.

The car is lowered 40 millimeters (that’s roughly 1.5 inches in ‘Merica) and tons of aerodynamic tweaks, including a more aggressive front bumper design and cooling ducts. The car’s cooling system received an overhaul for the expected severe service life that track time will bring.

To make the 12C GT Sprint a full-on race machine, the car is outfitted with a full FIA_approved rollcage and integrated fire suppression system, plus a HANS-approved fully adjustable lightweight racing seat with six-point harness. Quixotically, an air-conditioning system is offered, which is not something you expect to see in a race car, though McLaren cautions it’s “a lightweight version.”

The McLaren 12C GT Sprint is expected to be sold by McLaren’s U.K. dealers at a price point somewhere below about $300,000, the release said.

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