McLaren Unleashes 720S Race Car by Breaking All the Rules With GT3X

The unrestricted, track-only GT3X ditches motorsport rules in favor of pure performance.

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McLaren has taken the gloves off of its track-only 720S GT3, freeing it from any motorsport regulations or race class restrictions to create the new GT3X.

McLaren states that the race-ready GT3 operates with “considerably reduced power output” when compared to the road-going 720S Spyder or Coupe in order to comply with motorsport regulations. With the GT3X, the British firm addresses this imbalance, giving the streamlined, lightweight race car all the power it is capable of.

Developed by motorsport arm of McLaren, the GT3X features its lightweight Monocage II carbon fiber core, six-speed sequential motorsport transmission and is powered by a hand-built, twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 M840T engine with ‘blueprinted’ cylinder head, strengthened pistons and Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating all helping it develop 710BHP, with a further 30BHP is available via a steering-wheel mounted ‘push-to-pass’ boost button.

The car has been stripped of any non-essential or luxury items found within McLaren’s road-going cars to achieve a kerb weight of 2,668lb, saving some 460lb as a result. The bodywork is hand-finished in metallic MSO Carbon Black paint with a pinstripe in McLaren Orange providing a historic nod to the marque’s Formula 1 cars of the 1960s.

But the 720S  GT3X is not entirely without compromise as McLaren, presumably thinking that owners might want to share the experience of their new car with others or perhaps even be driven by a more skilled driver than themselves, has included a race seat on the passenger side with six-point harness and revised roll cage.

McLaren’s Customer Racing division also offers dedicated technical track support as part of the purchase. The 720S GT3X is available to order now via McLaren’s retail network with each car being built to order, although McLaren aren’t revealing the price.

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