At the 2014 24 Hours Nurburgring, McLaren GT factory driver Kevin Estre qualified on pole position in Doerr Motorsport’s McLaren 12C GT3. He set a record lap time of 8 minutes and 10 seconds around the Nordschleife. That time was 6 seconds quicker than the previous lap record in this racing category and 2.5 seconds ahead of second place. That said, none of Doerr Motorsport’s 12C race cars completed the event.
Nonetheless, to pay tribute to the record set by Estre, McLaren planned a special edition “24-H Nürburgring 2014” of the 12C successor, the 650S. It first came up on the company’s agenda in December 2014. Owing to other projects like launch of the 570S at the New York International Auto Show 2015 in April, McLaren did not give a green light to the production of the limited edition, open-top 650S till this summer.
Only eight models of the 650S 24-H Nurburgring 2014 will be produced and one of them is shown in the gallery above. The exterior of the car looks identical to the 650S Spider, although it’s evident that the wheels have been replaced. Apart from that, there are some minute changes like MSO carbon fibre rear diffuser, side blades and front splitter, McLaren Orange brake calipers and plaques paying homage to the time set by the homologated 12C.
The wheels and the exhaust system come from Doerr Motorsport. Inside the car, there’s heavy use of carbon fibre, along with Alcantara black leather seats and MSO orange seatbelts. McLaren has made no mechanical changes to the vehicle, meaning it is powered by the M838T 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 641 hp and 678 Nm of torque. The top speed is limited to 329 km/h.