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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Spa 68 Special Edition

Honoring the first F1 win during the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, exactly 50 years ago, McLaren’s special division, MSO, revealed a Special Edition McLaren 720 S Spa 68. Commissioned by McLaren Brussels, the latest special edition 720S joins numerous other SE models. I am quite sure that McLaren makes a whole lot of money on its SE cars. I can’t even imagine how expensive some of them will be in 20 or 30 years time. Nevertheless, crafting yet another Special Edition McLaren 720S, MSO division tried to tie the new 720S with the old orange McLaren M7A racer Bruce McLaren drove back then to claim the first F1 win for the McLaren.

The car you can see in the photos is a part of the 720 S Spa 68 Collection. Three cars will be built – all for McLaren Brussels.

PostHeaderIcon The McLaren 720S Spider’s Secret Weapon is Its Roof

McLaren has had a busy year with the respective launches of the track-focused Senna and the three-seater Speedtail. But 2018 isn’t done yet, so McLaren’s busting out another debut, this time for the “more affordable” 720S Spider. Despite its place in the “Senna-Speedtail” pecking order, the McLaren 720S Spider is lethal and potent in its own right. It has the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 engine as its coupe counterpart and produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, the 720S Spider isn’t as heavy as you’d think, especially with the complex roof system it’s carrying. McLaren is already taking orders for the 720S Spider, which carries a price of $315,000. Those who order from the British automaker should expect their supercars to arrive sometime in March 2019.

PostHeaderIcon LEGO’s 2019 Speed Champions Lineup is Loaded With Pony Cars and Exotics

It’s probably not the best time to promote it, but LEGO is doing it, anyway. The line for the 2019 Lego Speed Champions set has been unveiled, and there’s a lot to get excited about if you’re a fan of brick cars and their real-life counterparts. The lineup includes one of the fiercest supercars in the market today, a handful of muscle cars that can throw down against any car on the road, and what is arguably the most iconic Ferrari of all time outside the 250 GTO. The 2019 Lego Speed Champions sets will be available to order in January, or a month after Christmas. Those who are looking to buy one for the holidays will have to hold out for a month, but if patience is a virtue, the wait should be worth it.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the McLaren 720S Decimate a 60-MPH Run in 2.3 Seconds

The McLaren 720S is a beast; there’s no denying that. The 710-horsepower replacement of the 650S is known for savagely destroying almost anything on the track, but it’s also a force to be reckoned with on the drag strip. Here, this stock, except for the Toyo tires, effortlessly reaches 60 mph in just 2.39 seconds en-route to a blistering quarter-mile time.

Launched in 2017 at the Geneva Auto Show, the 720S is McLaren’s mid-range supercar. It features the M840T 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that’s over 40% new in comparison to the 3.8-liter unit of the 650S. The car arrives from the factory in Woking equipped with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa rubber that wraps neatly around the 19-inch and 20-inch rims but isn’t ideal for use on the dragstrip. The guys at DragTimes changed the tires and, without other modifications, achieved some ludicrous times.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Spider

The McLaren 720S is the second and most powerful iteration yet of the Super Series lineage. Introduced in 2017, it competes against popular supercars like the Ferrari 488 GTB and the Lamborghini Huracan. Come 2018, and the British firm confirmed that a Spider version is underway.

Set to break cover on December 8, 2018, the 720S Spider will replace the 650S Spider in the lineup and will enable McLaren to compete with the 488 Spider and Huracan Spyder. It’s the third member of the family, joining the coupe and the race-spec 720S GT3. The 720S Spider shares all exterior and interior features, as well as the drivetrain centered around the 4.0-liter V-8 engine with the coupe model. Stay tuned for the unveiling and check out what we already know about it in our speculative review.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren’s Next Supercar Debuts Dec 8th but Can it Share the Limelight With the Speedtail?

McLaren just confirmed that it will launch a new supercar on December 8, less than two months since it introduced the amazing Speedtail. The Brits didn’t specifically say what new model they’re introducing, but the teaser photo and video posted on social media suggest its a version of an existing nameplate. To be more specific, we’re talking about the McLaren 720S Spider.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren Special Operations 720S Stealth Theme

The McLaren 720S Stealth Theme is a shadowy tribute to the only McLaren that has ever conquered the Le Mans 24 Hours race, the F1 GTR. It is built by McLaren Special Operations on request from the McLaren dealer in London and, underneath the skin, it hides all the goodies of a 720S Performance.

Launched only last year, the 720S came as the replacement of the popular 650S model. It features heavily revised aerodynamics, a luscious body sculpted with speed in mind, and a brand-new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that is 41-percent new compared to the old 3.8-liter unit.

The 720S Stealth Theme commemorates McLaren’s overall victory at Le Mans 23 years ago when a GT1-spec F1 GTR blitzed the whole of the prototype field to win the race, a genuine first for a production-based car as Porsche’s previous victory with a GT car, in 1979, was achieved with a silhouette-style 935 that only shared the roof and the windows with the street-legal 911.

PostHeaderIcon Watch This Lightly Tuned McLaren 720S Run the Quarter Mile in Less Than 10 Seconds

The McLaren 720S is an absolute beast right out of the box, with nearly $300K worth of go-fast awesomeness on offer for anyone with the bank to back it. That said, for a little extra outlay, you can extract even more from it, granted you know where to turn for a tune.

This particular example comes from EKanoo Racing, a tuner based out of the Middle East that specializes in building seriously quick drag racing machinery. This McLaren is no different, however, the mods are very light, with just an ECU retune to pull a bit more power from the mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8.

EKanoo Racing declined to say exactly how much more power this tuned 720S is making, but unleashed down the 1320, it manages a very fast 9.605 at 146 mph. Compare that to the stocker’s time of 10 seconds flat at 140 mph, and it’s obvious this thing is laying down some extra mid-range muscle.

As a reminder, the stock McLaren 720S produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the rear wheels by way of seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds, while top speed is rated at 212 mph.

The run itself takes place in Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit, the same track used for the annual Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race. The whole clip is just 30 seconds long, but seeing this thing move at full chat is a delight all the same. Make sure to listen for the high-pitched whine as the 720S accelerates, which apparently are the super-sticky tires making maximum thrust against the tacky track surface.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 McLaren 720S Goes On A Diet To Become Lighter And Faster But More Expensive

McLaren is like the Volkswagen of the supercar class – constantly bringing out upgrades and updates to keep its cars fresh. This time, the automaker has added a new optional Track Pack to make the 720S more potent than ever. Has it worked well in the 720S?

PostHeaderIcon Ice-T Arrested After Driving His New McLaren 720S Over George Washington Bridge Without Paying the Toll

Rapper and actor Ice-T was arrested earlier this week for on allegations that he evaded paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. The veteran actor was reportedly in the E-ZPass lane with his brand-new McLaren 720S, which didn’t have license plates, either. The actor told cops that he simply forgot to bring his E-ZPass with him, adding that he actually has seven of them. Ultimately, he was allowed to leave the scene after receiving a ticket for the unregistered supercar.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 McLaren 720S GT3 is Ready to Succed Where the 650S GT3 Failed

Announced and previewed in November 2017, the McLaren 720S GT3 is ready to hit the race track for the 2019 racing season.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S by Novitec

Novitec for McLaren has introduced a new tuning program for the McLaren 720S, one that’s focused on refining the supercar’s appearance while also injecting it with a shot of extra power. The German tuner’s kit for the British supercar includes a steady diet of Need-for-Speed style aerodynamic components, a choice of new wheels, and power upgrade options that could turn the 720S into a fire-breathing, 794-horsepower monster on four wheels.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Track Theme

McLaren’s MSO division is responsible for some of the most mouth-watering creations we’ve seen in recent memory, and it looks like MSO isn’t done, judging, at least, by a pair of new special-edition models, one of which is called the 720S Track Theme. In keeping with MSO’s tradition of going all-out with its projects, the 720S Track Theme gets a smorgasbord of new features and options, all of which have been added to add an extra touch of exclusivity on what is already an exclusive supercar.

PostHeaderIcon An Effortless Triumph to 200+ MPH in a McLaren 720S

There aren’t a lot of roads in this world that’s as better to drive on than the German autobahn. We get to see why that is in this video featuring a McLaren 720S
stretching its legs without having to worry about breaking any speed limits. The video doesn’t last long — it’s actually just a little over minute long — but it does paint a revealing picture of what the 720S is capable of.

Remember, this is a car that features a new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that pumps out 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers aren’t child’s play, folks. With that much power on tap, the 720S can blitz its way to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds as it blasts off on a top speed run that maxes out at 212 mph. The video clearly shows what that looks like when the 720S is given the freedom to really reach for its potential. The piercing sound of the V-8 is only interrupted by the sight of all the surrounding turning into a blur.

You’re not going to get this kind of experience on other roads, but that’s what makes the German autobahn so special. Remember the saying that lions can only thrive in the jungle? Well, the same applies here. The McLaren 720S is the lion, and the German autobahn is its jungle.

PostHeaderIcon The Full-Scale McLaren 720S Made Out of Legos is at the Petersen Automotive Musem

The 1:1 scale LEGO McLaren 720S remains the most incredible automotive LEGO creation we’ve seen, and now, you get the chance to see it up close at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. We first saw the incredible creation at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed last June. Now, it’s made the trip to the U.S. where fans helped complete its build.

PostHeaderIcon Someone Brutally Destroyed a McLaren 720S and Left it for Dead

It seems like once a week there’s some idiot in a supercar trying to be a hero. Usually, it results in destroying said supercar along with plenty of other property too. Such things can easily rack up $1 million or more in damages. On the plus side, we usually get to see a video of said idiot trying to be a hero. That isn’t the case today, but we do get to see the aftermath and all we can say is “WOW.” Apparently, someone needs to McLaren one hell of a thank you letters as the Monocage II structure definitely saved their lives.

What actually happened seems to be a bit of a mystery, but the drive was obviously hauling ass and, apparently, narrowly missed ending up in a deep ravine. One side of the car is at least recognizable while the flipping of the car literally sheered the passenger side door and one of the wheels right from the car. Believe it or not, the passengers walked away, although they probably had some pretty thick brown stains in their undergarments.

One other thing to point out is what the hell is going on with the rest of the supercars on the scene? Do they all have a radar for this kind of thing? It’s like all of the other supercar drivers in the area just had to show up and look at what their future might be if they don’t keep all four on the pavement. It’s like a makeshift funeral for a 720S that’s had a better day. In fact, there’s more supercars and supercar owners than police on the scene. Just what the hell is going in in Las Vegas?

For what it’s worth, the passengers of the car turned up at a local hospital with minor injuries that includes scrapes, cuts, and bruises. But, the point is, there was no serious injury. That just speaks volume towards how well the 720S is built. And, while it’s sad to see another McLaren come to an early death, it’s pretty cool to see just how well they are really built. For those of you who happen to own a supercar, this is why you drive them at full girth on the track. Don’t do it on the road, even in the middle of the desert. And, if you do, please make sure someone is recording so we can see it happen and not just the aftermath.

PostHeaderIcon Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

2017 Ford Mustang SUV Concept


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No matter the market, the Ford Mustang is undoubtedly considered ‘Merica’s sports car. And, as sales numbers will prove, ‘Merica also loves its SUVs. So then – what if you took the styling of the new sixth-generation pony car and grafted it to the front end of a tall-bodied SUV? Sounds like a red, white, and blue dream come true, right? Just make sure to tick the V-8 option under the hood – no four-banger needed here, thank you very much.

Alfa Romeo 4C SUV Concept


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The Alfa Romeo 4C is classic sports car stuff – small, lightweight, excellent weight distribution, and smile-making handling chops. It’s also quite the looker, if you ask us. But that’s a formula we wouldn’t mind seeing in other segments as well, including SUVs. As such, this Italian beauty might have us clamoring for more, even with hotness like the Alfa Stelvio already out and about. We’re thinking a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder under the hood, plus a six-speed dual-clutch auto box to drive the rear wheels.

McLaren 720S SUV Concept


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To help broaden its appeal beyond the unobtanium hypercars that make up the top of its lineup, McLaren also offers a variety of “entry-level” supercars with the Sports Series, which includes models like the 570 and 540. Then there’s the mid-grade Super Series, which bridges the gap to the top dog Ultimate Series and P1, thanks to the still-obscenely-quick 720. Of course, it’s all in the name of funding McLaren’s racing efforts, which means a 720S SUV might pay a few bills in case Fernando Alongo’s ride goes pop (again). We would expect V-8 power and surprisingly good aero bits for this one.

BMW i8 SUV Concept


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We love the BMW i8 for a variety of reasons. Not only is it quick, but its got tons of tech under the skin. Carbon fiber everything plus hybrid motivation can make for a potent combo, even in SUV guise. We’d expect AWD to make a reappearance with an i8 SUV, plus an ICE with a few extra cylinders to help it retain the i8’s sporting intentions. You probably wanna move the gas-burner into the nose as well. Oh, and that sci-fi exterior styling? Looks pretty good on an SUV – at least we think it does…

Aston Martin V12 Vantage SUV Concept


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Aston Martin is well versed in the art of the grand tourer. Make it comfortable inside, make it beautiful outside, and make it very quick everywhere else. We think taking that formula and applying it to an SUV format would likely be equally as successful, given the average car buyer’s obsession with adding practicality to traditionally sports-focused brands. Either way, who can argue with 12 cylinders thumping under a well-louvered hood?

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 SUV Concept


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Muscle cars are actually pretty good inspiration material for a sporty SUV. The power is already there, so why not build on it with a large-and-in-charge body style? That’s exactly what’s going on with Camaro ZL1 SUV, which also tosses in the track-friendly coupe’s aero with a front splitter, lower bumper canards, and side skirts, not to mention that flat-black vented hood. The only question left to answer is what kind of times will it turn on the track…

Ferrari 488 SUV Concept


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No doubt this one will have some of you out there crying foul, as the Prancing Horse would never, ever resort to creating an SUV, right? Right?! Not so fast there, chief. Word has it the Prancing Horse might be seriously considering exactly that, so this 488 concept might not be too far off the mark. Coming proper in corsa rosso red paint and rocking the sleek front end of its coupe sibling, this thing certainly looks the part of a Ferrari…

Honda NSX SUV Concept


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The second-gen NSX is a fantastic piece of kit. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbos, plus no less than three electric motors, its got the right powertrain to have us watering at the mouth, while the advanced exterior aero and space-age vibe help it stand out in the segment. Ported over to crossover form, it gets a much more bubbly countenance, but as long as it still goes like stink, we’d have a hard time complaining.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S GT3

2019 McLaren 720S GT3

Launched in 2014, the McLaren Super Series included a batch of spectacular sports cars. Alongside the base 650S model, the British firm also launched the higher performance 675LT and the race-spec 650S GT3. Light, fast, and packed with the latest technology, the Super Series became McLaren’s most successful car. However, the British carmaker decided to replace it after only three years on the market. Its successor is called the 720S and boasts improvements in just about any department. It’s been six months since the 720S was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and McLaren announced that a race-spec GT3 version is also underway.

The new 720S GT3 will replace the 650S GT3, a vehicle that scored titles in all major motorsport series, including the Asian Le Mans Series, Australian GT championship, the Bathurst 12 Hour, Blancpain Endurance Cup and Pirelli World Challenge. But it won’t happen right away. Much like the 570S GT4, the 720S GT3 will have a trial season in 2018 and will completely replace the 650S in 2019, when it will be launched for customer teams.

In addition to the new race car, McLaren also announced plans to introduce a new racing program and a one-make GT series for customers. It’s also planning to appoint a network of motorsport retailers which will sell road and track products alongside each other. But more about all of this below.

Exterior

  • Built around MonoCage II carbon structure
  • Carbon-fiber body
  • Redesigned bumper with big splitter
  • Vented front hood and fenders
  • Carbon side skirts
  • Large rear wing
  • Race-spec diffuser

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“The GT3-spec vehicle is built around the same MonoCage II carbon-fiber structure of the road car”

While the 650S GT3 was launched with an actual car, the 720S GT3 is not yet ready to show itself to the world. Apparently McLaren was in a bit of a rush to unveil the car and rolled out some of the details with only two design sketches. Granted, they’re well made and seem to portray a production-ready car, but the final design could see a few changes.

The GT3-spec vehicle is built around the same MonoCage II carbon-fiber structure of the road car, while the outer shell is also made from lightweight composite and carbon-fiber. However, the exterior is significantly different due to the bespoke aerodynamic package that McLaren created specifically for this model.

“The entire bumper is made from exposed carbon-fiber, as is the big splitter”

The race car looks very familiar up front, but there are plenty of changes to talk about. For starters, the entire bumper section underneath the nose was redesigned. The intakes are taller, wider, and sport a different shape. The entire section made from exposed carbon-fiber, as is the big splitter that nearly touche the ground. The bumper’s aerodynamics are further enhanced by a pair of upswept canards on each side. Due to their placement, the latter forced McLaren to remove the small vents on the fenders.

The front hood now has a new center section with big intakes that improve drivetrain cooling. Much like all modern race cars in the GT3 category, the fenders also have vents just above the front wheels. It doesn’t get more aggressive than this!


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“The rear end is quite radical to look at, and it's not just the massive wing”

Changes are less significant onto the sides, but the GT3 sports more massive side skirts, aerodynamically optimized mirrors, and redesigned panels where the front fenders meet the doors. While the road car has a small, angled vent just behind the fender, the race car has a taller opening that’s almost vertical. We can also see a bigger vent in the side skirt, added to feed more air into the engine and the rear braking system.

The rear end is quite radical to look at, and it’s not just the massive wing that changes the car’s appearance. The 720S already sports an aggressive diffuser in standard spec, but McLaren redesigned the unit for track duty. The new diffuser includes no fewer than nine vertical slats and looks as if it’s ready to rake the tarmac of the track. The bumper was heavily modified too, with the rear wheels now being completely exposed toward the back. Mmm, sexy!
The exhaust pipes were moved a bit higher in the fascia and brought close together. On the standard model, they’re far apart, with pipes mounted to the inner side of the taillights. The decklid includes additional vents, while the carbon-fiber center section that holds the red light and tow hood appears to float into the fascia.

All told, the 720S GT3 is by far the most menacing race car McLaren has built to date.

Interior

  • Driver-focused cabin
  • Racing, FIA-approved seat
  • Full roll cage
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Lightweight configuration

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Note: Interior of the standard McLaren 720S pictured here.

“The cabin should include an all-new race seat equipped with a six-point race harness”

McLaren had nothing to say about the car’s interior, but much like the 650S GT3, driver safety should be one of the key areas McLaren focused while developing 720S GT3. Protection offered by the already solid carbon-fiber MonoCell chassis will be enhanced with the addition an FIA-approved roll cage, probably lighter than the one in the 650S GT3, but drivers should also benefit from increased leg and headroom, which is more than welcomed during those long, 24-hour endurance events.

The race car should also come with an all-new race seat equipped with a six-point race harness. Naturally, the seat will be built to FIA standards and mounted to the chassis. The dash will be stripped off any unnecessary equipment, while the standard instrument cluster will make way for a custom display that will show vital parameters, including speed and fuel consumption. A new, Formula One-inspired steering wheel and a center stack packed with buttons, knobs, and switches should round off the cabin.

Drivetrain

  • Race-spec 4.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Around 500 horsepower
  • Six-speed sequential transmission
  • Adjustable dampers
  • Coil-over springs
  • New ECU

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Note: Standard McLaren 720S drivetrain pictured here.

“The 720S GT3 will draw juice from the same engine as the road-going model”

Just like its predecessor, the 720S GT3 will draw juice from the same engine as the road-going model. And by “same” I mean that it will have the same displacement and numbers of cylinder, because everything else will be revised for track duty. The engine in question is a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in the 720S. Although larger than the familiar 3.8-liter unit, the 4.0-liter powerplant is a development of the former.

No word on output, but it’s safe to assume that the GT3 car won’t be as powerful as the road going model. For instance, the 650S GT3 had 493 horsepower, a 148-horsepower decrease compared to the road car. The 720S GT3 should have a similar output, but it all depends on the curb weight. Should the new GT3 be lighter, expect output to be lower as well. One thing’s certain, don’t expect it to be as powerful as the road car, which cranks out a whopping 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

The V-8 will mate to a six-speed sequential transmission and will use new ECU for turbo boost and shift control. Chassis upgrades will include adjustable dampers and coil-over springs front and rear. Unfortunately, that’s all McLaren was willing to share as of this writing, but it’s worth noting that the overall, the GT3 car isn’t radically different from the road car in terms of drivetrain and chassis components.

Prices

McLaren race cars don’t come cheap and they usually fetch more than their road-legal counterparts. The 650S GT3 was priced at £330,000 back in 2015 and it’s safe to assume that the 720S GT3 will retail for more than that. My best guess is that it will fetch in excess of £360,000, which converts to around $480,000 as of November 2017. Production is likely to be limited to no more than 20 or 30 units.

Competition


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“The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a certainty for 2019, as is the Ferrari 488 GT3”

Since it won’t hit the track as a customer car until 2019, it’s difficult to estimate what kind of competition this car will have, mostly because vehicle that are being raced today might not be around a year from now. In 2017, the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup was populated by race cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT3, Audi R8 LMS, Bentley Continental GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, BMW M6 GT3, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, and the Porsche 911 GT3 R. While some may get replacements by 2019, a few of these cars will carry on to compete against the McLaren 720S GT3.


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The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a certainty for 2019. Built around the AMG GT coupe, the GT3 packs a large amount of aerodynamic upgrades and a race-spec version of the the company’s twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. The Ferrari 488 GT3 is another race car that will carry on for at least two more years. While Merc finished the season second behind Aston Martin in the Pro class, Ferrari won the Am division. Next up is the Bentley Continental GT3, which just got a complete redesign for 2018. Lighter, more aerodynamic and powered by a new engine, the Conti begins next season as the overall champion. A new Vantage GT3 based on the fresh, second-generation model should also follow now that Aston Martin has unveiled the GTE car. McLaren will face competition from the same cars in the Pirelli World Challenge series in the United States.

New Racing Program and Network


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“McLaren is opening the Driver Development Programme to find young motorsport talent”

The 720S GT3 will meet its customers through a new network of motorsport dealers that will retail road and track products alongside each other. Owners will also be able to compete in a one-make GT series in what McLaren describes as an attempt to “bring customers even closer to the action than ever before.” The new series that will race in 2018 at iconic European racing circuits and is aimed at owners who already have extensive track driving experience and are looking to take their first steps in the racing world. All participants will be guided by McLaren motorsport experts.

Finally, the brand is opening the Driver Development Programme to find young motorsport talent. McLaren has already selected four promising British drivers from an existing stable, who will compete during the 570S GT4 in 2018. The project aims to identify and develop talent for future McLaren factory drivers. Each will be assigned a professional mentor from McLaren’s team of drivers, fitness and nutrition assessments, PR, marketing, and sponsorship support.
Drivers will be regularly assessed and evaluated before being promoted to higher levels. The International Driver Development Programme will kick off in 2019.

Brief McLaren GT3 History


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“McLaren returned to GT racing in 2011 with a race-spec version of the MP4-12C sports car”

McLaren returned to GT racing in 2011 with a race-spec version of the MP4-12C sports car. The 12C GT3 was raced for five years (until 2015) and won 19 races, also scoring further 19 podiums. The 2011 season was rather brief, with only a handful of cars produced, but the 12C GT3 raced at the Spa 24 Hours and the Macau Grand Prix. In 2012, McLaren readied 25 more race cars for a full racing season in the FIA GT1 championship. It scored its first win at the Circuito the Navarra in Spain. It’s final race was at the Three Hours of Sepang in January 2016.


2015 McLaren 650S GT3 - image 557794

The 650S GT3 came in to replace the 12C GT3 in 2015, but 12C owners were offered the chance to upgrade to 650S specifications. As of 2017, the 650S was entered in more than 100 events, scoring 15 overall wins, two class wins, and more than 20 additional podiums. By far its most important achievements were winning the 12 Hours of Bathurst and the Blancpain Endurance Series teams’ championship in 2016.

Conclusion


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It’s definitely to early to make any predictions here, but the 720S GT3 should become at least as successful as its 12C- and 650S-based predecessors. It’s lighter, it has a new engine, and improved aerodynamics, so there isn’t much that could go wrong. Sure, anything is possible in motorsport and the competition is hot in both the Blancpain and Pirelli series, but McLaren has enough experience to deliver a potent and reliable car to its customers. That fact that it comes with a racing program makes it that much better.

  • Leave it
    • Still a rendering
    • Not available until 2019
    • Stiff competition

References

McLaren 720S


2018 McLaren 720S - image 708563

Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

McLaren 650S


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Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 650S GT3.

PostHeaderIcon GA Police Officer Hits 140 mph Chasing McLaren 720S in High-Speed Chase

A Georgia Police Officer got the chance to push her police-spec Dodge Charger to the limit this past weekend when a man in a McLaren 720S casually passed her doing north of 100 mph on a public highway. It didn’t take long for the officer to hit the blues and take chase. Nobody was injured in the chase that lasted just a couple of minutes, but the driver – a Dwayne Sherwood Pope – was charged with speeding, DUI less safe, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and – get this – driving with an expired tag.

All told, the dash cam video lasts nearly a half hour, but for the most part, the action is over with within a few minutes. The Dodge Charger which, in police-spec, has a top speed rating of 155 mph when powered by the 5.7-liter, HEMI, V-8.
There’s no word as to what engine this officer put her foot into, but it did keep up with that McLaren 720S quite well. We’re still not sure why he stopped, considering the 720 S is rated up to 212 mph, it could have quite easily gotten away. Something tells us that the man was telling the truth about pulling over when he noticed the lights – after all if he did intend to run, that cop car really didn’t stand a chance.

Fortunately, for him, and anyone else on the road, that wasn’t his intention otherwise things could have been a lot worse than a DUI charge, had he really pushed it to the limit. After all, he did have “three drinks.” Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

References

McLaren 720S


2018 McLaren 720S - image 708582

Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

Dodge Charger


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Read our full review on the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO

2018 McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO

Introduced earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S is the second addition to the Woking brand’s Super Series line, offering high-end exotic performance and styling in a more accessible package. Indeed, a daily driver supercar makes for a great fit in a place like Dubai, and as such, McLaren just dropped the above-featured one-off as the piece de resistance for this year’s Dubai International Motor Show. Built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the brand’s in-house tuners and creative customization team, it’s dubbed the Zenith Black, and its got a careful selection of styling upgrades both inside and out that are sure to get noticed, even when the local police force consists of hoverbikes and Bugatti Veyrons.

All told, this is an utterly unique creation, as indicated by the “1 of 1” placard inside the cabin. MSO spent an extra 120 hours on top of the usual production process to bring it to life, and overall, we think it looks great. The theme pays homage to the idea of “achievement” in a distinctive fashion – read on to learn exactly what that means.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO.

What Makes The McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO Special

  • One-off bespoke model
  • Black and gold color scheme inside and out
  • Gold wheels
  • Gold paddle shifters
  • Lots of carbon fiber extras for the exterior
  • 24-carat gold heat shield
  • Rear wing painted to resemble Dubai skyline
  • Bruce McLaren quote in Arabic
  • Customization took 120 hours to complete
  • Stock twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8

For starters, the whole car comes draped in a menacing shade called Zenith Black, complete in a soft, gloss-free satin finish. Further exterior upgrades include a carbon fiber exterior package, which tosses in composite components for the front splitter, door mirror stalks, rear aero bridge, air intakes, roof, rear diffuser, engine cover, rear deck, and rear bumper. Each component is offered as part of the MSO Defined line of extras.

The alloy wheels stand out thanks to their gold finish and look quite good against the understated black paint and carbon extras. There’s also a 24-carat gold heat shield for the engine cover, much like the venerable McLaren F1 from the ‘90s.


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“More gold coloring was added inside the cabin as well, enhancing the paddle shifters, steering wheel central spokes, and inner door line”

More gold coloring was added inside the cabin as well, enhancing the paddle shifters, steering wheel central spokes, and inner door line. Once again, we think the color combo works quite well, and comes offset by black Alcantara upholstery, black leather trim, and carbon embellishments for the side sills, fascia vents, and steering wheel.

However, the most memorable detail of the Zenith Black can be found on the rear wing, which was also painted with gold detailing and took 30 hours to complete.
Interestingly, the wing now bears a quote from Mr. Bruce McLaren himself, finished in Arabic and stylized to resemble the Dubai skyline. The quote reads: “Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”


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“The wing bears a quote from Mr. Bruce McLaren himself, finished in Arabic and stylized to resemble the Dubai skyline”

Basically, Bruce was saying that the number of years you’re alive isn’t the only measure of a life, but rather, the achievements made during that time are just as important. Indeed, the idea of “achievement” was the driving force behind the commission, as explained by McLaren brass Andreas Bareis: “The quote from Bruce McLaren rings true not only of the history of McLaren but also the achievements of the U.A.E. and the Gulf states over the last four decades. The U.A.E. and the region are very important to McLaren, not only in terms of our client base but also because of the support from our shareholders. This car pays tribute to that.”

Finally, the engine spec and speed remain unchanged, with a stock twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 mounted behind the cabin. Output is measured at 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

References

McLaren 720S


2018 McLaren 720S - image 709282

Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

McLaren F1


1993 McLaren F1 - image 674548

Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.

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