Thursday, 5 May 2011

McLaren unveils new GT3 racer - the £310,000 'evil twin' of its 200mph road car

Legendary British sports-car maker McLaren has officially taken the wraps off its new  £310,000  racing car as it set out ambitious plans for global growth.

McLaren bosses described their new GT3 as the 'evil twin' of their recently unveiled £168,500  road-car,  the 200mph  MP4-12C, on which the racing car is based.  The first 1,000 road-cars will start being delivered to eager customers next month.

The new racing GT3 variant is aimed at amateur but rich  'gentlemen racers', professional race-drivers, and collectors.

The GT3  is the latest fruit of McLaren's £750million investment programme which will see the opening within weeks of a new £40million factory at the firm's futuristic but environmentally-friendly Woking site in Surrey. To retain exclusivity, only  20 of the GT3s launched  today will be sold initially in Europe, with Asia and Australia to be targetted next.

The GT3 race-car is powered by a 3.8 litre V8 twin-turbo engine developing 500 horse-power. The £310,000 price tag  comes with 'no hidden extras' and a degree of support, says McLaren.

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