Bedford, MA (September 14, 2011) – iRacing.com and McLaren Automotive today announced plans to build a virtual version of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race car.  Based on the groundbreaking McLaren MP4-12C road car, the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1 – the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 marries Formula 1™ and innovative road-car technology with GT3 specification performance enhancements to create a new generation of racing car. iRacing.com will apply expertise in creating a state-of-the-art digital version of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 that will be available to iRacing members in 2012.

The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 project is the second development from iRacing.com and the McLaren Group. Earlier this year, iRacing.com incorporated McLaren Electronics’ ATLAS Express data analysis software into the iRacing service, providing the more than 30,000 iRacers access to data acquisition and telemetry software similar to that used on every car competing in the FIA Formula One™ World Championship.

“It’s great to be working with McLaren on another exciting project that utilizes the outstanding technical know-how of our two organizations,” says Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com. “We’re excited that we’ll be making our version of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 available to the more than 30,000 iRacers next year.”

A McLaren spokesman said “McLaren Automotive are delighted that iRacing.com has chosen to develop a virtual edition of the MP4-12C GT3. We believe that the innovative features of the MP4-12C alongside our GT3 specification modifications will make an exciting proposition for online simulation racing fans. McLaren made extensive use of simulator technology in the development of the MP4-12C, and we hope this project will allow our fans to get a taste of the GT3 car and inspire the online community to show their support for the McLaren GT teams during the 2012 season.”

The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 utilizes the same carbon MonoCell chassis as the 12C road car, mated with the M838T 3.8 litre V8 twin turbo engine tuned in accordance with FIA regulations. The 12C GT3 features an aero package which was developed in McLaren’s Formula 1™ simulator together with the engine calibration, power steering, spring rates, weight distribution, gear ratios and differential settings.

Designed to be made available to a limited number of customer teams in 2012, McLaren began development of the 12C GT3 in March of this year. Initial tests at the MIRA proving ground and Silverstone were followed by additional testing at Circuito de Navarra in northern Spain and Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 made its competition debut in the British GT Championship at Spa-Francorchamps in July and has since raced in the Total 24 hours of Spa and Blancpain Endurance Series race at Magny Cours. In August, McLaren announced that the first 20 MP4-12C GT3 race cars had been sold.

You can see for yourself the performance of McLaren’s MP4-12C GT3 in the following videos:

http://youtu.be/375-d3t0guw?hd=1

http://youtu.be/en0n-XD03TA

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In what category will be the car ? will it be in the ford gt, corvette and hpd category ?

elthib
September 14th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

For everyone not accustomed to european cars or any form of road racing..

This is not a competitor to any of the other cars we have already.
It´s a GT3 spec car vs the GT2 Ford, The GT1 Corvette and the LMP2 HPD.

It´s a wee bit slower then the Ford GT but should be lightyears more fun to drive.

McFan
September 20th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Not so excited with this! The Maclaren is been said to have a horrible handling and I think the Ford GT is a much better adition BUT if iRacing can’t fix the content which they have now this is pointless! The Ford GT is broken up to this day the NTM is broken so many things are broken in iRacing so I think this will be broken when released and by 2013/2014 they will fix the broken Maclaren. Litereally iRacing is selling beta stuff to people!

Disapointed
September 15th, 2011 at 1:56 am

When Mclaren says “We want our car in iRacing” you don’t say “Let us fix the Ford GT first”.

I hope this makes Ferrari follow suit. That would be a great series

Anonymous
September 18th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

bet we have to pay for it.

Unlike other car manufacturers and game publishers who see it as a way for cheap advertising of their brand and make it free to use.

didnt reanault do this in PS# game ?

mike
September 16th, 2011 at 7:06 am

I think it is great and hope to see more super cars…578 would be fantastic.

thomas
September 17th, 2011 at 4:44 am

Now it´s just the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 or BMW M3 GT2 we need and i´m all good for a few years.

McFan
September 20th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Ditto.

DragonMotorsport1
November 8th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

One year, and adding…

Gabriel Perez
September 29th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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