While much of life in this world may seem unpredictable, there are some things you can count on. Death, taxes, water being wet, sky being up, and McLaren will go racing.
Not just in Formula One, where it’s been a constant fixture for over 50 years now, but in sports car racing, too – where it’s been fielding competition versions of the supercars it’s been making for the road for the past several years.
Arguably chief among them is the 650S GT3, which itself replaced the MP4-12C GT3 in second-tier sports-car racing series around the world. It’s already won races in the Blancpain Endurance Series, the Asian Le Mans Series, and the Bathurst 12 Hour race. But now that the 650S has been replaced in McLaren Automotive’s road-car lineup, it’s only a matter of time before it’s phased out in the racing garage as well – and replaced with something that will probably look something like this.
Rendered by Rain Prisk is a competition-spec version of the new McLaren 720S – complete with track-scraping ground effects, even deeper vents, and a giant rear wing that merges with the sharkfin lateral stabilizer that’s been popping up from endurance racing prototypes and F1 racers alike. They’ve yet to make their way to GT racers, but that may be only a matter of time. An even surer bet, though, is that we’ll see a new 720S GT3 sometime in the coming months. Then it’ll just be a matter of how it performs on track.