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McLaren's new 720S GT3 Evo looks predictably brilliant and will run at Le Mans

For the first time ever, McLaren will race in all three of the ‘Triple Crown’ races in the same year, which of course includes that famous French one...

Published: 16 Feb 2024

McLaren has revealed its all-new 720S GT3 Evo for the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and in news that'll surprise nobody, it looks... quite brilliant.

Sporting McLaren’s now customary black and orange-themed livery, the 720S GT3 adopts a massive air intake up front on either side of a set of stretched canards. More bulbous arches also curve atop the new Good Years, which replace last season’s Pirelli’s. The team's pair of competition cars will run the numbers ‘59’ and ‘95’ to signal McLaren’s Le Mans win in 1995 with the F1 GTR. Very cool.

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Aside from the selection of huge bumpers and splitters - which are noticeably more aggressive than its predecessor - the rear wing is also wider with lower overhangs, and looks like it could shield you from a category-five hurricane.

No word on upgrades to the M840T 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 just yet, but our best guess sits between 550 and 600bhp. Remember, most of these GT3 cars focus on aerodynamic trickery over outright brute force to achieve their best times, so we expect McLaren’s exterior enhancements alone would shave a second or two off previous track times.

Richard Dean, CEO of United Autosports, which is one of McLaren’s new partners for the upcoming campaign, said: “The design has racing heritage at its core, harking back to the 1995 Le Mans winner, while being - unmistakably - part of the current McLaren family. It’s an exciting addition to the 2024 McLaren line-up, complementing the Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E designs; they look like winning cars, and we have big ambitions.”

Speaking of which, this will also be the first time McLaren competes in all three of motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ races in the same year, having won each of the three events individually in the past.

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The WEC season begins on 2 March in Qatar and will see McLaren’s six-driver lineup take in eight races, including Le Mans, a race which McLaren hasn't raced in since 1997. Game on...

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