McLaren today confirms its plans to bring back the McLaren name to GT sports cars racing. From 2012, McLaren and CRS Racing will supply and support a limited number of GT3 racing cars based on the McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car for European-based privateers.
According to the automaker, initial plans are for a limited run of 12Cs developed for the 2012 European FIA GT3 Series, but, as with McLaren Automotive’s road car business, conservative growth and expansion will be considered.
Further details about the McLaren 12C GT3 racing car programme will be announced in 2011 and interest from prospective customers can be registered on www.mclarengt.com.
McLaren F1 at Le Mans
1995: with an F1 GTR piloted by J.J.Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya, McLaren won on debut; four other F1s finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th.
1996: six F1 GTR ‘LM’s finished 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th.
1997: two ‘Longtail’s finished 2nd and 3rd.
1998: one ‘Longtail’ finished 4th, with a second withdrawn after an accident.