Video: McLaren announces 2012 racing plans for MP4-12C

McLaren has announced the full list of teams that will compete with its new GT3 spec MP4-12C in 2012, which includes an entry in the FIA GT1 World Championship.

Many and varied iterations of the new and highly acclaimed supercar (it is truly awesome) will hit tracks across Europe this year, after a few competed in selected races in 2011, for development purposes.
There are 25 cars in total, across 13 teams. Aside from last year's racing outings, the gestation of the car included more than 35,000 miles of road and track work.

The car will make its competitive debut tomorrow (31 March) in the opening rounds of the VLN and ADAC GT Masters championships at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and Oschersleben, Germany.

The Blancpain Endurance Series will see more MP4s than you could shake a Ferrari 458 at, with ten due on the starting grid when racing begins in Monza next month.

Teams competing with the McLaren include ART, ASM, Gulf Racing (car below), United Autosports and Von Ryan Racing.

French GT1 Champion Hexis Racing will be putting a McLaren into the FIA GT1 World Championship this year, having defected from Aston Martin after a five-year spell. Team Manager Philipe Dumas said: "For me it's really be honest, I only thought of McLaren after Aston Martin."

In May, Gemballa Racing and Doerr Motorsport will both enter GT3 cars in the 24-hour Nurburgring endurance race.

Probably the most famous driver among all those set to use a McLaren this year is former F1 racer Mark Blundell, competing with United Autosports.

Despite each team having its own agenda and, of course, desire to win, McLaren is offering full technical backup to every team it has sold a car to, including use of its cutting edge race simulator. Teams will have access to a catalogue of spare parts.

Andrew Kirkaldy, Project Manager for McLaren GT said: "In one year, McLaren GT has taken the 12C GT3 from concept to race readiness. We will learn more about the car in the early part of the season - and expectations will naturally be high of a car full of Formula 1 technology - but our objective is to make the 12C GT3 as much a pleasure to own and run as it is race."

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