McLaren Artura GT4 Debut

McLaren Artura GT4 Racer to Debut

McLaren Motorsport is unveiling their new Artura GT4 race car to the public at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is taking place June 23-26.

Based on the luxury supercar that shares its name, the Artura GT4 is intended to build on the successes of the 570S GT4 and 720S GT3 competition-spec cars. The Artura showcases the debut of McLaren’s Carbon Lightweight Architecture with a carbon fiber monocoque as its core, offering an ideal basis on which to build the new McLaren GT4 race car thanks to the more rigid structure and correspondingly increased safety for drivers.

McLaren’s latest customer racing GT4 car is powered by a compact V6 engine that is lighter and more fuel efficient than the previous GT4 V8, while providing improved throttle response. The twin-turbo V6 of the Artura road car is paired with an Axial Flux E-Motor located in the transmission, but the V6 alone makes more than enough power for the strictly-regulated GT4 racing regulations that to do not permit hybrid powertrains. The lack of the hybrid component actually saves 286 lbs on an already lightweight car while allowing for a more efficient and lower weight distribution that helps the car’s handling on track.

The power from the V6 is delivered via a seven-speed gearbox with ratios optimized for performance on the track. Although it’s worth noting that this is not the same gearbox that is equipped on the road going version of the Artura as that model uses the E-Motor for its reverse gear, while GT4 regulations require a reverse gear without the option of utilizing any hybrid powertrain components.

Buyers of the Artura GT4 will be able to select from a list of options to support a large range of competition and track environments including a passenger seat and harness, with both the passenger and driver seats being available in a variety of sizes that can be specified at the time of ordering.

The Artura GT4 will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will be driven in anger on the infamous hillclimb prior to its competitive debut. Rob Bell, McLaren Factory Driver and winner of last year’s Timed Shootout Final in the McLaren 720S GT3X will be in the drivers seat. Following Goodwood, McLaren plans to continue a series of tests and development programs prior to the 2023 racing season when the first customer cars will compete.