While the new McLaren MP4-12C super-light supercar is an interesting proposition as it stands, its makers are planning on adding a little extra pedigree. By racing it as a GT3 car. In collaboration with another British operation, CRS Racing, McLaren will be setting up a few models to compete at some European GT events this year and make cars available to customers in 2012. The 12C’s architecture and design was always aimed at high performance and ease of maintenance, says team principal Martin Whitmarsh. CRS Racing’s Andrew Kirkaldy adds: The result will be an incredible GT car with manageable running costs. Of course, manageable is a relative term.

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