Last year, the McLaren 12C GT Sprint was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013. The potent, non-road-legal variant of the 12C is designed to bridge the gap between the normal 12C and the 12C GT3 racecar which, by all accounts is a lot more serious of a car than the GT Sprint. Now, the very first two examples have arrived in the U.S. and have just arrived at McLaren Philadelphia.
Underneath, the McLaren 12C GT features the same M838T 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powerplant found in the 12C and 12C Spider. It generates 625 hp through a familiar seven speed twin clutch gearbox. The car retains features of the road car including brake steer and the McLaren airbrake. Upgrades include a recalibrated Proactive Chassis Control (PCC) system and optimised oil and cooling systems.
Any unnecessary systems or comforts have been removed to keep weight to a minimum. The McLaren 12C GT Sprint features a number of components carried over from the 12C GT3 race car, including the FIA-approved safety roll cage, central cooling radiator and digital dash display. The car’s ride height has been lowered by 40 mm, while a more aggressive front bumper, GT3-inspired bonnet with radiator exit ducts and front wing louvres have also been added.