Pack your bags luv, we're going to Belgium...
Actually, we know, because PH hot-footed it to the McLaren Technical Centre this morning, mainly to talk about blagging a 12C road car for the Wilton House event in August. They said yes straight away (Woo Woo Woo! Etc.), so naturally the chit-chat turned to the GT3 programme as we'd all been dribbling over the revised racer's appearance at the Goodwood FoS last weekend.
Just 20 customer GT3 racers are planned for next year, and beyond that? Well, it may not be official yet, but the ultimate goal must be a return to top honours at Le Mans, surely? There's no car or programme in place (officially at least), but our McLaren source was quick to point out with a wink over a cappuccino (not that sort of wink...) that the 1995 Le Mans winning F1 is still the favourite machine of most of the engineers at Woking.
Officially, all we got on the GT3 road car was a significant (we thought!) nod towards the treatment McLaren meted out to the F1 following its Le Mans success - a programme which resulted in 'God's Own Supercar', a.k.a. the F1 LM.
Which makes us surmise the road-going 12C GT3 will be lighter, stripped out, raw-er (Is that a word? Ed.) machine and will feature key bits of the racing car's more ferocious 'body kit'. In other words, it will be a no-brainer for supercar poster fans, a (relatively) few track-obsessed customers, and a bunch of hairy-arsed magazine road testers.
So we were intrigued to note a significant majority of customer road cars awaiting build in the Technical Centre were specified in black or silver, with scarcely a vibrant McLaren Orange in sight. In fact the stats show that 60 percent of orders are in subdued black or silver, with pearlescent white popular too.
Does this mean real buyers in the supercar sector really are looking for something a little more sober after all? A groaning order book for 2000 cars (two years production at the new McLaren factory which opens this summer) is a good pointer, we reckon.
Either way, we still need to see that 12C GT3 car on the road! (You can see it at Goodwood in the video below...)