Meet the McLaren 650S GT3 racer


With 71 podiums, 51 race wins and three championship titles to date, the McLaren 12C GT3 has some pretty big boots to fill.


And here’s the car that must fill them. This is the new 650S GT3, and is McLaren’s track-only GT racer that’s set to compete in races from the 2015 season onwards.And, as you can see, it’s based on the new 650S road car that takes over from the 12C. Underneath sits the same MonoCell chassis, while up top is a rather angry incarnation of the new 650S’s body: wider, squatter, larger air intakes, more aggressive splitter, carbon fibre bodywork and a huge fixed rear wing.Then there’s the FIA-approved rollcage, a digital dash, a new McLaren GT-developed race seat with moulded seat inserts - said to increase driver comfort for endurance racing - itself bolted directly to the chassis, along with better ventilation and driver cooling. Remember, it gets hot in there. [x]

Meet the McLaren 650S GT3 racer

With 71 podiums, 51 race wins and three championship titles to date, the McLaren 12C GT3 has some pretty big boots to fill.

And here’s the car that must fill them. This is the new 650S GT3, and is McLaren’s track-only GT racer that’s set to compete in races from the 2015 season onwards.

And, as you can see, it’s based on the new 650S road car that takes over from the 12C. Underneath sits the same MonoCell chassis, while up top is a rather angry incarnation of the new 650S’s body: wider, squatter, larger air intakes, more aggressive splitter, carbon fibre bodywork and a huge fixed rear wing.

Then there’s the FIA-approved rollcage, a digital dash, a new McLaren GT-developed race seat with moulded seat inserts - said to increase driver comfort for endurance racing - itself bolted directly to the chassis, along with better ventilation and driver cooling. Remember, it gets hot in there. [x]

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Jezza’s McLaren P1 moods

Stig vs the 12C Spider

Stig vs the 12C Spider

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May’s Car of the Year: McLaren 12C Spider

James May is a fan of good design and an even bigger exponent of excellence in engineering: two things he found in abundance in the new McLaren 12C Spider – a convertible that neatly beheads the usual arguments against convertible cars by being as perfectly dynamic as the coupe version. Except with a mighty sunroof. Driving the car exclusively for TG mag along the highest paved road in Europe, James discovered that the 12C Spider was:
“Perhaps the most benign supercar I’ve ever tried. Some would want to be admired for their courage in mastering a Ferrari GTO or that demanding Lamborghini Aventador, but I say cobblers to that. I can challenge myself by learning to play the violin. This is a good-time car and I want a good time. I get it.”

For video of James May in the McLaren 12C, visit TopGear.com

May’s Car of the Year: McLaren 12C Spider

James May is a fan of good design and an even bigger exponent of excellence in engineering: two things he found in abundance in the new McLaren 12C Spider – a convertible that neatly beheads the usual arguments against convertible cars by being as perfectly dynamic as the coupe version. Except with a mighty sunroof. Driving the car exclusively for TG mag along the highest paved road in Europe, James discovered that the 12C Spider was:

“Perhaps the most benign supercar I’ve ever tried. Some would want to be admired for their courage in mastering a Ferrari GTO or that demanding Lamborghini Aventador, but I say cobblers to that. I can challenge myself by learning to play the violin. This is a good-time car and I want a good time. I get it.”

For video of James May in the McLaren 12C, visit TopGear.com

McLaren MP4-12C Spider revealed
After speculation last week, we can confirm that the next chapter in the What Car Will McLaren Make Next? saga is one hundred percent the McLaren MP4-12C Spider. And look at it, it’s stunning. And to answer your question - yes. It’s got the more powerful 616bhp, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. And yes, it’ll do over 200mph - but only 204mph, 3mph slower than it’s closed-roof sibling. Even so, hairpiece owner will need some stickier glue as the Spider does 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds - the same time as the coupe. The Spider uses a variation of the coupe’s carbon-fibre MonoCell chassis. This 75kg tub requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider and because of its F1 techyness, it means that the car is almost identical to its fixed roof counterpart in the performance department.
Did we mention that it’s stunning?
Read the rest at TopGear.com

McLaren MP4-12C Spider revealed

After speculation last week, we can confirm that the next chapter in the What Car Will McLaren Make Next? saga is one hundred percent the McLaren MP4-12C Spider. And look at it, it’s stunning.

And to answer your question - yes. It’s got the more powerful 616bhp, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. And yes, it’ll do over 200mph - but only 204mph, 3mph slower than it’s closed-roof sibling. Even so, hairpiece owner will need some stickier glue as the Spider does 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds - the same time as the coupe.

The Spider uses a variation of the coupe’s carbon-fibre MonoCell chassis. This 75kg tub requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider and because of its F1 techyness, it means that the car is almost identical to its fixed roof counterpart in the performance department.

Did we mention that it’s stunning?

Read the rest at TopGear.com

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Top Gear Wallpapers: The Best of British Cars.

This is only five of the eleven wallpapers available. Click through for the rest.

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Rowan Atkinson crashed his McLaren F1 weeks after taping tonight’s Top Gear episode
First off, he walked away from the accident. He’s ok.

Rowan Atkinson, the comedian and petrol-head, has been discharged  from hospital on Friday after walking away from a crash in one of the  world’s fastest road cars – suffering no worse than an injured shoulder,  some very expensive coach work and wounded pride.
He left  Peterborough City hospital in a wheelchair by the back door, flanked by  security guards who attempted to block waiting photographers, and was  driven away in a private ambulance.
The accident happened when one of the stars of his large car collection the maroon McLaren F1 – which he bought in 1997 for a reported £650,000, as a reward for  the success of his Mr Bean film – apparently spun off the wet road on  Thursday night and hit a tree and a lamppost.

Rowan Atkinson crashed his McLaren F1 weeks after taping tonight’s Top Gear episode

First off, he walked away from the accident. He’s ok.

Rowan Atkinson, the comedian and petrol-head, has been discharged from hospital on Friday after walking away from a crash in one of the world’s fastest road cars – suffering no worse than an injured shoulder, some very expensive coach work and wounded pride.

He left Peterborough City hospital in a wheelchair by the back door, flanked by security guards who attempted to block waiting photographers, and was driven away in a private ambulance.

The accident happened when one of the stars of his large car collection the maroon McLaren F1 – which he bought in 1997 for a reported £650,000, as a reward for the success of his Mr Bean film – apparently spun off the wet road on Thursday night and hit a tree and a lamppost.