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McLaren confirms GT3 race car


McLaren will produce a limited number of GT3 race cars, based on its MP4-12C supercar

The collaborative venture with CRS Racing will see its cars compete at a number of European GT races in 2011, with final production ready for customers in 2012.

"The 12C's architecture and design was always aimed at high-performance and ease of maintenance - two key criteria for potential customers," said Martin Whitmarsh, head of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes race team. "Combine that with the vast amount of racing experience in our automotive team, and CRS Racing's specialist development experience, and the 12C GT3 should be an exciting proposition for the top teams planning to race in GT3 from 2012."

The road car version of the MP4-12C produces 592bhp thanks to its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine, which will rev to 8500rpm, with its peak 442lb ft of torque available from 3000rpm, although 80% is available between 2000-6500rpm.

CRS will bear most of the responsibility for the program, as the company will be charged with build, sell, service, and support all MP4-12C GT3 customer cars.

"One of the most important aspects of this program will be customer service and for that reason we will be building a limited number of cars at a competitive price," Andrew Kirkaldy, CSR Racing team principal said in a prepared statement. "The result will be an incredible GT car with manageable running costs and good residual value that will provide its owner with an unrivaled experience."

Read more about the McLaren MP4-12C here.

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