Lightweight, ultra-efficient, and most importantly, fast.
The 2023 McLaren Artura GT4 race car is currently making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Great Britain.
And you can soon purchase this latest McLaren race car – but don’t think for a minute this machine is street legal.
McLaren is well known for producing some of the fastest and most powerful cars in automotive history.
Founded in the 1960s, McLaren has produced some of the most revered supercars, including the 720S and the 570S.
And now there’s a new one about to make automotive history: the McLaren Artura GT4.
The 2023 McLaren Artura GT4 race car employs the same brand new twin-turbo V6 engine as the McLaren Artura production model slated for release this summer.
But it lacks the production model’s plug-in-hybrid system, which isn’t allowed in the GT4 class.
To the untrained eye the race car looks pretty identical to the Artura production model – save for a few details, including its weight, which is 286 pounds lighter than the road model. It also has larger intakes on the front end, a unique wheel design, a new splitter, canards on the bumper and more vents in the hood.
The GT4 is the second race car built from the ground up by the brand’s motorsport division. It’s specifically designed for track use only – a celebration of McLaren’s rich racing heritage, which includes its presence in Formula 1 and Grand Touring motorsport.
McLaren has already unveiled its production model Artura supercar that is also based on the same Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) platform, along with a 671hp hybrid powertrain.
Pricing has not been released but you can expect it to cost upwards of $245,000.
The new 2023 McLaren Artura GT4’s compact and powerful V6 engine is both lighter and more fuel efficient than the previous GT4 V8. Additionally, the transmission has shorter gear ratios than 570S GT4 and a mechanical limited slip differential for increased performance.
But overall, the new Artura GT4 shares much of its technology with the McLaren Artura road car.
The production model Artura was originally slated for release in the third quarter of 2021.
However, due to the pandemic-related microchip shortage, the widely anticipated hypercar will be released in July 2022.
The GT4’s stripped-out interior includes several iconic features, including racing bucket seats, adjustable pedals and a digital gauge cluster made by Bosche.
According to McLaren, the Artura is easier to get in and out of the Artura than the old 570S GT4, which is important for safety and driver changes.
McLaren also notes that its motorsport-inspired chassis design and construction is the ideal platform for a race car, with the rigid structure enabling a wider setup envelope for the driver as well as a strong, safe driving environment.
Here are some other Artura GT4 features worth noting:
- Light and powerful, the 2023 McLaren Artura GT4 race car is built using the brand-new McLaren Carbon Fiber Lightweight Architecture (MCLA).
- MCLA uses four new types of carbon fiber as well as an all-new resin system for perfected aerodynamics.
- The 2023 Artura GT4 boasts a dual-tone paint scheme with racing-inspired graphics as well as a sculpted hood with functional air scoops.
- At the rear, the GT4 includes a large spoiler and a diffuser.
- It is powered by a 3.0-liter, V6 twin-turbo engine paired with a seven-speed gearbox with a reverse gear.
- The Artura GT4 is built with bespoke motorsport-specific components to enhance performance, durability and serviceability.
- The GT4 race car features LED headlights and lightweight alloy wheels.
- You can choose from a comprehensive list of options to support a range of competition and track environments.
- The 2023 McLaren Artura GT4’s lights are specifically designed for night racing and are among the many available options.
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