Official: McLaren 12C GT Sprint details revealed

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McLaren 12C GT Sprint

McLaren GT, the racing arm of McLaren, initially showed the 12C GT Sprint back in July as a less hardcore version of the brand’s other track-only offerings, although it did so with only a limited amount of information on the new track star. Now, the floodgates have been opened ever so slightly, with the Woking, UK-based outfit letting out a few other exciting details on the GT Sprint.

The big news is that we now know the the car’s exact base price – 195,000 pounds or $315,958 at today’s rates – which feels like a bargain for a gentleman’s racer of this pedigree.

With the same power level as the road-going 12C, customers are paying for GT Sprint’s improved aerodynamics, cooling, suspension and safety features. Track inspired brakes are shielded by lightweight, 19-inch wheels wrapped in slick Pirelli track tires. The suspension is 40 millimeters lower, while an air jack has been fitted for the full racing effect.

A tweaked front fascia and 12C GT3-derived hood improve aero and aid cooling, respectively. The rest of the changes focus around driver safety, with a HANS-compatible, composite racing seat and six-point harness, while the cabin is maintained in the event of a crash by an FIA-approved roll cage.

Chief test driver Chris Goodwin explained the balance the GT Sprint strikes between the road-going car and the higher-performance racers, saying, “Retaining all of the innovative technology and characteristics of the 12C road car such as active aero, Brake Steer and the innovative PCC suspension system, dynamically, the 12C GT Sprint takes things to a new level with the addition of many race track specific features.”

The 12C GT Sprint is currently available to order from McLaren dealers or direct from McLaren GT. Take a look below for the official press release from the team at Woking.

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