If a normal McLaren 12C isn’t extreme enough for you, the British sports car builder now offers a track-only variant in the McLaren 12C GT Sprint. With a lower ride height, aero-optimized bodywork, and racing-grade rubber from Pirelli, the 12C GT Sprint grants even greater performance for the well-off track day enthusiast.
Making its debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 12C GT Sprint slots between the standard 12C and the race-ready 12C GT3 and 12C GT-Can-Am Edition models. The car was developed by the brand’s racing arm, McLaren GT, which endowed the track special 12C with enhanced ProActive Chassis Control (PCC), Brake Steer, and McLaren Airbrake systems. The GT Sprint makes the same 617 hp from its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 as the standard 12C, but benefits from a unique oil system and the radiator from the GT3 version. The same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission found in the standard 12C is also used in the GT Sprint.
The track-exclusive McLaren rides on a retuned suspension that lowers the car by 40 mm. The 12C’s already sleek shape is worked over to incorporate a more aggressive front valance and GT3-inspired hood with radiator cooling ducts and front wing louvres. Handling can be tailored through three driving modes that tune damping, roll stiffness, and stability control settings. Helping the car slow down are carbon ceramic brake discs and sticky Pirelli racing tires. If you need to come in for a pit stop, the car’s onboard air jack system and center-locking 19-inch OZ racing wheels can facilitate a quick tire change.
Inside the GT Sprint you’ll find an FIA-approved roll cage and integrated fire suppression system, along with a fully adjustable HANS-compatible composite racing seat with six-point harness. A carbon fiber dash and unique steering wheel developed by McLaren GT set apart the GT Sprint’s cabin, which is kept cool on track by a lightweight version of the 12C’s air conditioning system. Available options include an aero package with fixed carbon fiber rear wing and front splitter, along with more lightweight components like a polycarbonate windshield.