McLaren's 12C GT3, enhanced for the 2013 season - image: McLaren
In its debut season
, the McLaren 12C GT3 competed in 98 separate race events, taking home 19 victories and an additional 19 podium finishes
. While most companies would be content with a handful of podiums in the first season of a new race car, that’s simply not the McLaren way.
In 2012, thirteen teams campaigned the 12C GT3
, which was only available to teams based in Europe. That changes for 2013, as McLaren will now make the car available to teams, collectors and track-day enthusiasts on a global basis.
While all teams from the 2012 season will run the 12C GT3 in 2013, a host of new squads will campaign the car this season as well. Among the teams receiving new cars is Sebastian Loeb Racing, as the nine-time World Rally Champion will now turn his attention to dominating the FIA GT3 series with co-driver Alvaro Parente.
Based on the lessons learned in 2012, the latest 12C GT3 models will get a revised aero package (which will aid both handling and tire wear), an upgraded ECU with revised electrical connections and alternative suspension package.
Improved cooling should ensure optimum performance across a broader range of conditions than last year as well, critical if the 12C GT3 is to compete (and win) on a global basis.
The new McLaren 12C GT3
is eligible for all series adhering to FIA GT3 rules, and the car is priced from 325,000 pounds ($345,742)._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.