Though it uses the same carbon fiber monocoque chassis, McLaren claims that 90 percent of the 720S GT3 has been either changed or upgraded from the road car. A race-prepared version of the road car’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes an appearance, but instead of being paired to a dual-clutch transmission, it gets power to the wheels via a six-speed sequential. The 720S GT3 has received a host of changes inside and out to comply with 2019 FIA GT3 regulations, too. The cabin features a newly developed roll cage, a fixed carbon-kevlar racing seat, a six-point harness, a roof-hatch extraction system, and side-impact foam. And as you can see from the pictures, there’s a whole lot of new aero.
McLaren says one of its main focuses for the 720S GT3 was to make it more accessible for teams and drivers not just in terms of drivability, but from financial and serviceability perspectives as well. Fuel efficiency and tire management have been given lots of attention, too, with the company working with Pirelli to run 36-hour endurance tests.
We can’t wait to see this thing on track next year.
Source: Roadandtrack. Image: McLaren