UNITED AUTOSPORTS UNVEILS EXCITING GOING-FOR-GOLD PLANS AT McLAREN LONDON
- United Autosports to race stunning new McLaren MP4-12C GT3
- Third season for young Anglo-American team with strong driver line-up
United Autosports this evening unveiled its curvaceous McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in unique livery and a top draw driver line-up to assembled guests at the McLaren London showroom in Knightsbridge. The team’s co-owners, Zak Brown and Richard Dean presented plans to deliver gold in 2012
Distinguished guests attended the hour-long event at McLaren London, including Ron Dennis CBE, Executive Chairman of McLaren Automotive and McLaren Group, and Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO, Formula One Management.
Leaping into 2012, the team embarks on its third season having already achieved superb results in previous years, with victories and several podiums.
During 2010 and 2011, the team attracted exceptional drivers in ex-Formula 1 racers Martin Brundle, Mark Blundell, Johnny Herbert, Stefan Johannson and Eddie Cheever, as well as Indy 500 winner, Arie Luyendyk.
Former Formula 1 driversMark Blundell (UK) and David Brabham (Aus) - also a winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours - will race the new 12C GT3 for United Autosports in 2012.
United Autosports is ready to take on the world’s best teams in the Blancpain Endurance Series with a star-studded line-up of six drivers at the wheel of the British built McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Brown and Dean are confident of victories in the world’s strongest GT3 competition.
The Blancpain Endurance Series has attracted a strong list of entries for the championship and, with a comprehensive test program scheduled before the first round at Monza, Italy in April, the Leeds-based team plans to be ahead of its rivals in the 2012 goldrush.
Zak Brown (USA), Co-Owner and CEO of United Autosports:
“Tonight’s United Autosports launch demonstrates that we mean business in 2012. We have accomplished many of our goals in the first two years of operation but now it’s time to take another leap forward towards our first major title in GT sportscar racing. As a driver, I am also looking forward to co-driving with Mark Blundell and Mark Patterson in the Pro-Am class of the Blancpain Endurance Series with the mighty McLaren MP4-12C GT3. I’d also like to thank all our guests tonight, especially Ron Dennis and Bernie Ecclestone, who took time to wish us well.”
Richard Dean (GB), Managing Director & Co-Owner of United Autosports:
“It’s an honour to be associated with McLaren in its first full season racing the MP4-12C GT3. It is up to us to ensure we deliver results this year. We have put together a quality driver line-up, and a depth of engineering ability and experience within the team will ensure we can compete from the first race to the last.”
FIRST FINISH FOR DÖRR MOTORSPORT 2012
Frankfurt, February 25, 2012 Dörr Motorsport is excited about the delivery of the brand new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 after having been selected in the McLaren 12C GT3 development programme. The new super sports car was officially presented in the McLaren showroom in Klassikstadt, Frankfurt on February 25. The team is already looking forward to the start of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring at the end of March. It will be the first race for the McLaren MP4-12C GT3.
British sports car manufacturer McLaren released a racing version of its new super sports car, the MP4-12C, for the GT3 class. Private racing teams were provided with a total of 25 brand new McLaren GT3 cars within the 12C GT3 development programme. The Dörr Motorsport team actually received two of the racing cars and will be the only team to compete with two McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in both the VLN championship and the ADAC 24h race at the Nürburgring in 2012.
EXCELLENT PROSPECTS: MP4-12C GT3 IMPRESSES WITH FORMULA 1 TECHNOLOGY
The MP4-12C GT3 sets itself apart with the revolutionarily lightweight MonoCell, a carbon fibre chassis which is made in a single pressing and is not to be found in any other GT3 car. The MP4-12C GT3 will set new standards at the Nürburgring, considering its high aerodynamic downforce, its power and intelligent design. The official presentation in the McLaren showroom in Klassikstadt, Frankfurt on February 25 will be the first opportunity for invited sponsors, journalists and fans to take a close look at the new super sports car.
However, it will not be long before the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will race in the “Green Hell” of the Nürburgring: After the test and tuning session on March 24 the first race of the VLN racing series will take place on March 31. In preparation, the mandatory “Balance of Performance” test will be used to identify the exact performance characteristics of the super sports car and to adjust them to the VLN regulations, if necessary.
The next task is to perfectly adjust the setup of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to the Nordschleife—one of the world’s most demanding racing tracks. “Our goal is to compete at the top of the championship with the McLaren MP4-12C GT3,” says team principal Rainer Dörr. “We trust the McLaren GT development team completely and are looking forward to test the car in the Nordschleife. McLaren offers us the opportunity to use the full extent of their engineering expertise: There will be dedicated engineers working with us. This will also be very helpful to the Dörr Motorsport team.”
CONSOLIDATED EFFORTS: DÖRR MOTORSPORT AND DÖRR AUTOMOTIVE
Dörr is not only relying on McLaren at the race track: Since the end of November Dörr Automotive has been presenting the McLaren MP4-12C in the new showroom in Klassikstadt, Frankfurt—in direct vicinity of the Dörr Motorsport garage. Frankfurt is the forth McLaren location in Germany. Other locations are Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich.
In this way, Dörr Automotive customers benefit from Dörr Motorsport team’s highly professional expertise in racing technology: Therefore, Rainer Dörr, managing director and owner of McLaren Frankfurt and owner of the racing team, is the first point of contact for all questions regarding the street version of the McLaren MP4-12C as well as the GT3 version which will be used at the race track.