Track Day

McLaren now offering an unrestricted version of its 720S GT3 race car for purchase

The McLaren 720S GT3 is a track-ready supercar.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

No aftermarket tuning required. McLaren Customer Racing is now offering an unrestricted version of its 720S GT3 race car for track use only. Buyer beware, it has not been homologated for any racing class or championship so while tuning isn't required, you're probably going to want to modify it if you are planning to race it.

The car was designed in-house by McLaren's GT performance team. It has a lightweight but strong carbon fiber MonoCage II chassis, which underpins the entire 720 series range. It has the same 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine as the rest of the 720s as well. Fitted with track-ready components, engineers are able to get 710 brake horsepower out of the power plant, and an additional 30 brake horsepower as part of a boost function.

"Due to GT3 balance of performance requirements, the 720S GT3 car has to run with a considerably reduced power output than the road-going 720S Spider and Coupe variants," said Ian Morgan, Director of Motorsport, McLaren Automotive. "The brief for the GT3X project was to unleash the full potential of the 720S GT3 car using a massively increased power output to fully exploit the aerodynamics and chassis dynamics of the car. Additionally, the car is now able to carry passengers for the first time, thanks to the re-design of a new bespoke roll-cage and passenger seat installation. Brake cooling has also been improved to cope with the additional demands of increased speed and the mass of a passenger.

McLaren 720S GT3

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"The 720S GT3X now offers a unique opportunity to experience a fully-fledged GT3 car. The lap time is significantly reduced from the GT3 benchmark through both the huge standard power increase and the additional 30bhp from the push-to-pass button. The end result is a car that offers a truly unique experience."

It's about the same weight as a Mazda MX-5 Miata, tipping the scales a 2,668 pounds. Still, that's about 440 pounds lighter than the 720S on which the racing model is based. Weight savings can be attributed to the lack of creature comforts in the cabin. A carbon fibre and Kevlar FIA-approved race seat hugs the driver and weighs just 22 pounds.

McLaren has finished the car in an MSO Carbon Black paint job that features a McLaren Orange pinstripe. The car rides on gloss black center-locking wheel rims, while an 'X' graphic stretches across the upper canopy.

The car's ergonomically-designed race steering wheel is fitted with all key functions via rotary switches and buttons. There's a six-point harness and revised roll cage to make the car track compliant.

Each buyer will receive dedicated technical support for their car. This program is carried out by the customer support engineers from the in-house McLaren Customer Racing division.

The 720S GT3 has a price tag of over $500,000 (based on 2018 pricing) and can be ordered through a McLaren Motorsport Retailer: McLaren Beverly Hills, McLaren Houston, McLaren Newport Beach, McLaren Philadelphia, McLaren San Francisco, and McLaren Toronto.

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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