McLaren 720S GT3X is quite hyped and it is justified, considering its impressive performance at the 2021 UK Goodwood Hill Circuit aka Festival of Speed. The car nearly stole the show, by completing the circuit in 45.01 seconds, nearly beating the Subaru WRX STI. But, it is not that fast to be eligible for the GT3 racing series. This concludes that this car is just a collector’s item that is neither welcomed on the streets nor on the GT3 race track.
The GT3X isn’t eligible for race series as McLaren’s engineers made it according to the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)’s regulations. As McLaren abandoned the GT rulebook, resulted in a car that one can drive without that particular fear of how it will manage at rounding corners at high speed. The GT3X is essentially a faster race-bred 720S. The model has remained one of the fastest production cars, and the GT3X is the British marque’s attempt at pushing the limits.
Engine & Performance
This racecar is good at everything but is only allowed to compete in short sprints and hill climbing. Its performance at the Goodwood hill showcases its impressive capability for hill-climbing and acceleration, which happened from the aerodynamic upgrades and suspension system. The aerodynamic package and suspension system are largely borrowed from the 720S but features a whole different engine in the back mated with an optimized cooling package. The GT3X has a 4.0L M540T twin-turbo V8 producing 720 hp and 770 Nm of torque along with a 0-60 mph run time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 238 mph.
It differs from the road car with a blueprinted cylinder head, strengthened piston, and lightweight exhaust. This car comes with McLaren’s promise of “thrilling driving dynamics with exceptional protection,” with its Carbon Fiber MonoCage II Chassis Structure. The GT3X lightweight body just weighs 1,205 Kg. The car costs a greasy $983,000 which is neither street-legal nor race-legal.
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