McLaren MP4-12C at Spa-Francorchamps - Photo Credit: McLaren Automotive and McLaren Automative has announced they plan to collaborate to build a virtual version of the new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car. iRacing will use their expertise to create a state-of-the-art digital version of the car, that will be available to iRacing members in 2012.

The MP4-12C GT3 project is the second partnership between iRacing and the McLaren Group, as earlier this year iRacing incorporated McLaren Electronics' ATLAS Express data analysis software into their service, providing iRacing members to data acquisition and telemetry software similar to that used on McLaren's Formula One cars.

Tony Gardner, president of, said: “It's great to be working with McLaren on another exciting project that utilizes the outstanding technical know-how of our two organizations. We're excited that we'll be making our version of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 available to the more than 30,000 iRacers next year.”

A McLaren spokesman commented: “McLaren Automotive are delighted that has chosen to develop a virtual edition of the MP4-12C GT3. We believe that the innovative features of the MP4-12C alongside our GT3 specification modifications will make an exciting proposition for online simulation racing fans. McLaren made extensive use of simulator technology in the development of the MP4-12C, and we hope this project will allow our fans to get a taste of the GT3 car and inspire the online community to show their support for the McLaren GT teams during the 2012 season.”