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McLaren 650S GT3 debuts at Goodwood

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Text: / Photos: McLaren | posted June 30, 2014 11:19

To compete in the 2015 GT3 championships

A couple of weeks ago, McLaren released a sketch of a track-focused competition car. Now, the automaker has finally unveiled the 650S GT3 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The McLaren 650S GT3 is the automaker’s latest generation track-focused racer which will compete in the 2015 GT3 championships.

The vehicle is based on the McLaren 650S Coupe and a successor to the 12C GT3. The 650S GT3 has an aggressive front splitter, larger air intakes and a carbon fiber body.

The rear of the McLaren 650S GT3

McLaren also infused the 650S GT3 with a fixed carbon fiber rear wing and splitter.

Inside, McLaren improved the levels of safety for the driver by incorporating a carbon fiber MonoCell chassis that is enhanced with the additional FIA-approved rollcage which lighter and provides more leg and head room. The 650S GT3 is fitted with a bespoke motorsport digital dash display that is placed behind the steering wheel. It also has a McLaren GT-developed race seats fitted with a six-point race harness.

The 650S GT3 is powered by a 3.8-liter McLaren V8 twin-turbo M838T engine that delivers around 500 PS. It is mated to a six-speed sequential motorsport transmission.

McLaren says that existing 12C GT3 owners have the option of upgrading their vehicles to the 650S GT3 specification that has the same V8 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine.

The automaker plans on producing and delivering 15 units of the 650S GT3 together with 15 upgrade packages until the start of the 2015 GT3 season. The 650S GT3 is priced at £330,000 (around PHP 24.6 million)