The automaker is out to win big with its latest effort.
The McLaren 650S may be an incredible supercar, but the race-oriented version hasn’t done that well on the track. The automaker has unveiled its latest racing variant of the 650S ahead of the race car’s official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. From the pictures it’s clear to see that McLaren has worked extremely hard on making the 650S GT3 even more of a beast on the track. The road car’s body has been enhanced for track use, while the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 has been restricted to 500 horsepower.
McLaren’s motorsport arm—McLaren GT—developed the racing car and will offer the vehicle to customer teams around the world. McLaren may not have a factory-backed team, but Rob Bell and Alvaro Parente will continue their partnership with McLaren GT. The automaker plans to display the 650S GT3 at the Geneva Motor Show alongside its three-tier model range, but the race car made its official at the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and won. McLaren customer team Tekno Autosports won the endurance race in what was one of the hardest fought battles of the race’s history with the new 650S GT3 dominating the entire weekend.
At its debut on the iconic Mount Panorama, the 650S GT3 claimed a clean sweep over the weekend with pole position, the fastest lap, overall race win and a new lap record. The trio of Alvaro Parente, Jonathon Webb and Shane Van Gisbergen piloted the race car to victory over 12 hours which saw five different automakers lead the race. In addition to the victory, it was a record-breaking qualifying session that saw four 650 GT3s qualify within the top six. It looks like all of McLaren’s hard work has gone into making a race car that’s just as good as the road-going supercar.