RE: Mclaren 720S GT3 breaks cover

RE: Mclaren 720S GT3 breaks cover

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Mclaren 720S GT3 breaks cover

With suspiciously fine timing, Woking shows off its newest race car - and announces a one-make series



The announcement of a new 720S GT3 is rather the cherry on the top of this story. It's a fabulous, glossy cherry - laced with a race-prepped V8, a sequential six-speed 'box, composite and carbon fibre bodywork and trick aero - but it's finishing tinsel nonetheless for the increasingly large motorsport cake beneath.


McLaren's broader aim is to better entwine its road and track business. This ought to be an obvious and complimentary pairing considering Woking's colossal race pedigree - but in actual fact the automotive business has been relatively isolated from the firm's circuit-based products.

To change that, McLaren has appointed a network of 'specialist motorsport retailers' whose job it will be to sell track and road cars alongside each other. These dealers have been selected from the existing international franchise network, the first being McLaren Glasgow - the brand's retailer of the year.

These sites will offer support and service for customers wishing to enter the world of motorsport. "McLaren is built on racing and providing our growing family of customers with unique and exhilarating driving experiences. It therefore makes sense for us to unveil a dedicated, widened motorsport programme designed to support and enable more of our customers to focus on enjoying the thrill of pushing our cars on the track," explained CEO, Mike Flewitt.


Incorporated into the more expansive plan is the launch of a single-make race series called Pure McLaren-GT. This will launch in 2018, and is considered by Woking to be a natural extension of the Pure McLaren customer track days already in existence. Owners of an International D race licence (and, of course, a McLaren) will be offered the chance to take advantage of a full 'arrive and drive' package, where the cars will be maintained and run by the firm's own engineers and technicians.

This follows similar, long-running race series run by Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini and will initially feature the more familiar 570S GT4. Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps are already confirmed on the calendar. If that all sounds very profitable for McLaren, it is - but Woking intends to give back, too; simultaneously announcing its investment in four young racers as part of its newly formed Driver Development Programme. Which is both having your cake, and eating it.

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davea18h

Original Poster:

57 posts

57 months

Tuesday 21st November 2017
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Still can't get on with those bloody headlights no matter how hard I try, and no matter how many times I look at it. I want to....but just can't take to that front end. The rest of it is fantastic!

garyhun

25,082 posts

161 months

Tuesday 21st November 2017
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In my eyes it looks totally awesome!

Hedski

11 posts

115 months

Tuesday 21st November 2017
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Saw it in disguise wrap at Dunsfold today. Looks epic, the wing is almost level with the roof.

gigglebug

890 posts

55 months

Tuesday 21st November 2017
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Does anybody know what the deal is with the wing mirrors? Looks like there might be some aerodynamic trickery going on through the centre?

Al U

1,510 posts

64 months

Tuesday 21st November 2017
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gigglebug said:
Does anybody know what the deal is with the wing mirrors? Looks like there might be some aerodynamic trickery going on through the centre?
The holes feed air ducts that are directed into the cabin to provide cool air due to the absence of A/C.
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gigglebug

890 posts

55 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Al U said:
The holes feed air ducts that are directed into the cabin to provide cool air due to the absence of A/C.
Ah I see, thanks for that. It's a novel, if slightly over complicated, solution to the problem!

Super_G

213 posts

31 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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So csn it take down a Tesla Roadster or what?

HighwayStar

1,904 posts

77 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Super_G said:
So csn it take down a Tesla Roadster or what?
Who cares? wink

Krikkit

13,004 posts

114 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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gigglebug said:
Al U said:
The holes feed air ducts that are directed into the cabin to provide cool air due to the absence of A/C.
Ah I see, thanks for that. It's a novel, if slightly over complicated, solution to the problem!
The mirrors would be hollow carbon parts anyway, makes sense to use something that already pokes into the airflow for a purpose as they can't be of aerodynamic benefit.


ZX10R NIN

11,561 posts

58 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Super_G said:
So csn it take down a Tesla Roadster or what?
Even if the Tesla (which I very much doubt) was faster 5 laps in & it'd be in for a new battery wink

gigglebug

890 posts

55 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Krikkit said:
The mirrors would be hollow carbon parts anyway, makes sense to use something that already pokes into the airflow for a purpose as they can't be of aerodynamic benefit.
Yep makes sense to give as many components as possible a dual purpose, I like clever engineering solutions. It just looks, to a completely untrained eye, that because of the angle of the stalks are set at that they would produce more drag than having something like a duct below the window straight into the cabin.

WCZ

5,664 posts

127 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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considering how insane the performance is of the reg 720s, this will be nuts

playalistic

1,863 posts

97 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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gigglebug said:
Krikkit said:
The mirrors would be hollow carbon parts anyway, makes sense to use something that already pokes into the airflow for a purpose as they can't be of aerodynamic benefit.
Yep makes sense to give as many components as possible a dual purpose, I like clever engineering solutions. It just looks, to a completely untrained eye, that because of the angle of the stalks are set at that they would produce more drag than having something like a duct below the window straight into the cabin.
I'll take a wild guess and say McLaren may well know more about this than you... wink

gigglebug

890 posts

55 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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playalistic said:
I'll take a wild guess and say McLaren may well know more about this than you... wink
Well seeing as I haven't claimed to know anything about it, I even stated it was the opinion off an untrained eye, I'm not sure why you have bothered to guess at all?

I would take a wild guess that seeing as you haven't tried to give any sort of technical explanation yourself, which would have actually been helpful to folks as oppose to a pointless flippant comment, that you know nothing on the subject either. wink

playalistic

1,863 posts

97 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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Are you ok, hun?

gigglebug

890 posts

55 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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playalistic said:
Are you ok, hun?
Ah, the prepubescent response of someone with nothing worth adding. So neither cleaver nor funny then. Your repertoire of pointlessness is seemingly up there with Yipper's! Having said that at least he would have managed a copy and paste from a Google search in the attempt to show an understanding on the topic he was commenting on, maybe your worse than Yipper?

WCZ

5,664 posts

127 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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playalistic said:
Are you ok, hun?
nice response.... :/

playalistic

1,863 posts

97 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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laughlaughlaugh

And172940

165 posts

81 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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I expect air enters through the mirrors, into the car, up the inside of the windscreen ( to cool the interior) and then passes out through invisible vents above the windscreen to disrupt the boundary layer in the airflow over the car. That's clever engineering lol

isaldiri

3,772 posts

101 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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WCZ said:
considering how insane the performance is of the reg 720s, this will be nuts
That kind of depends.... it's going to be limited by BoP in whichever series it's racing in anyway and historically Mclaren have somewhat struggled with BoP adjustments (admittedly slightly biased opinion of a friend who races a 650 gt3)..