Thursday 17 January 2013

McLaren: Laying claim to top spot in 2013

12C GT3 to get improved aerodynamics and electronics for second season

McLaren: Laying claim to top spot in 2013

British constructor intends being consistently among the front-runners in second GT3 season.
The debut year did not go quite according to plan for McLaren and the MP4 12C GT3, but the British manufacturer produced an impressive rise in form as the season progressed. Whilst in the ADAC GT Masters a fifth place at the Red Bull Ring for Sascha Bert and Christopher Brück in the car prepared by Gemballa Racing was the best result to date for the MP4 12C GT3, McLaren customer teams worldwide achieved 19 wins in 2012. McLaren intend establishing their GT3 as a permanent feature amongst the GT3 elite in the 2013 season, and so have reworked the 12C GT3 for its second season.
The 13 global McLaren customer teams in the 2012 season that include ADAC GT Masters stalwarts MRS GT Racing and Gemballa Racing are to be followed by yet more new customers in 2013. Consequently, in addition to the 23 examples of the British supercar that fought for wins and placings last year, McLaren are to produce a second batch of GT3 cars for the 2013 season.
The 2013 MP4 12C GT3 is to receive a number of updates that will also be made available to existing customer teams. McLaren promise improved drivability, better reliability, enhanced efficiency, and what should be at the end of the day a less complex and therefore more manageable racing car for the teams.
Reworked aerodynamics with a new rear wing have been introduced to combat understeer. Updates also include an optimised engine control unit with a new wiring harness and alternative dampers.
Since the 2013 specification 12C GT3 will be lining up on grids all around the world, McLaren have paid particular attention to improving cooling of the turbocharged V8 mid-engine and aerodynamics. This is immediately evident as the new bonnet features much larger air intakes for 2013. Revamped aerodynamics will also further improve the balance of the mid-engine sports car whilst reducing tyre wear.
ADAC GT Masters.

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