McLaren GT has confirmed it will enter two examples of the 650S GT3 at the 2014 Gulf 12 Hour as the final stage of the development program, ahead of customer deliveries for the 2015 season. Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente will be in a full McLaren GT works entry (No. 59 in orange, black and white), running alongside a second No. 60 650S GT3, which will be driven by the Pro-Am pairing of Peter Kox and Nico Pronk, in a livery of silver and white with red. The Pro-Am customer partnership is also managed by McLaren GT.
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Cadillac introduced its new Cadillac ATS-V.R racer at the Circuit of the Americas. The new, 600HP ATS-V.R meets international FIA GT3 specifications. The ATS-V.R is the racing extension of the upcoming 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, which will make its debut next week - along with the ATS-V sedan - at the Los Angeles Auto Show and arrives track-capable from the factory next spring. The ATS-V.R is powered by the LF4.R, the racing version of the Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6 in the Cadillac CTS Vsport. Specific technical upgrades for the GT3-spec race car include larger, twin BorgWarner turbochargers; increased capacity intercoolers; competition engine management and a direct, side-exiting exhaust. The lightweight aluminum block and heads are counterbalanced by a rear transaxle unique to the race car, giving the ATS-V.R a weight distribution of 49 percent front, 51 percent rear.
Known for unconventional, boundary-pushing race cars that shook up the motorsports world, Texas-based Chaparral Cars led by legend Jim Hall partnered with Chevrolet Research and Development more than 45 years ago, pioneering now-standard methods and materials used in contemporary racing and production vehicles, including the composite monocoque chassis, lightweight-alloy powertrain systems, automatic transmissions for racing and progressive, active aerodynamics. The partnership also spawned ground-breaking vehicle data acquisition technology. The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT channels that spirit of innovation into a vision of what the future of racing could hold, with a radical form and an advanced, laser-based propulsion system.
“It was created in a no-rules atmosphere to challenge designers and test engineers to deliver the most exhilarating sensations. This is a fantasy car by design,” said Frank Saucedo, who oversaw the team that worked on the concept. “Like the original Chaparral race cars decades ago, the Chaparral 2X VGT weaves advanced aerospace technologies into the design to help achieve its performance goals.”