McLaren Motorsport today confirms the new 720S GT3 EVO, designed to build on the success of the 720S at the head of the international GT3 field into the 2023 season and beyond.
Available as a new-build race car or as an update package to an existing car, the 720S GT3 EVO will be homologated for the 2023 season. The changes reflect learnings from the 720S GT3, which has been a front running GT3 car from its very first race, and feedback from teams, continuing a programme of GT race cars designed to be accessible to customer outfits and drivers of all abilities that includes the new Artura GT4.
The 720S GT3 EVO is distinguished from its predecessor with several key bodywork improvements, including the front bumper and splitter – fitted with quick-release fastenings for easy removal and replacement. These feature improved aerodynamics, designed to increase overall downforce as well as shifting the overall balance forwards and also making the car more consistent in traffic.
A front bonnet gurney also helps with balance and improves cooling performance, while the auxiliary lamp positions have been changed for better night visibility in longer-distance events. At the rear, the wing pylon mechanism can now be easily adjusted, and the rear wing gurney is taller to enhance downforce without upsetting overall balance.
Many more improvements can be found in the 720S GT3 EVO’s suspension, which now features all-new TTX40 Ohlins 4-way adjustable dampers with high frequency pistons and adjustable lengths. Both front and rear upper wishbones have been changed, with the front now adjustable to improve tyre management options, including a new clevis for increased droop. The rear has an improved geometry to suit upright changes.
The uprights are also new, with the front featuring a bolted brake caliper for quick changes of whole system as a unit and a built-in track rod clevis, making it more robust in wheel-to-wheel contact situations. This also applies to the rear upright, which also has improved geometry for tyre management, increasing setup options. The 720S GT3 EVO’s brakes now have closed face bells for improved disc durability.
The 720S GT3 EVO is available to order now. Existing 720S GT3 owners and teams can purchase a full update kit with the option to use existing hub units or with the complete upright assemblies.
Ian Morgan, Director of Motorsport, McLaren Automotive: “The McLaren 720S GT3 has been an incredible success in GT3 racing since its phenomenal debut four years ago, leading the Gulf 12 Hour race for several hours. Since then it has recorded many race wins and championships, most recently titles in the Asian Le Mans Series, IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and GT World Challenge Europe last year and has begun 2023 with a podium in the Daytona 24 Hours. In that time we’ve maintained a close relationship with our customer racing teams and have incorporated many of their recommendations into the new EVO package, improving consistency of performance and serviceability, which will ensure that the McLaren 720S will continue to set the pace in GT3 racing for many more years to come.”