McLaren Trophy expands to America with new Championship in 2025

McLaren Motorsport today just announced McLaren Trophy America, the second McLaren Trophy championship to be confirmed, further underlining the brand’s rich racing heritage alongside its global GT racing programs that include the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA.

McLaren Trophy America will be run to the same principles as McLaren Trophy Europe and is designed to challenge and develop Pro-Am driver pairings, with an emphasis on the Bronze driver. The expansion follows a successful debut season for McLaren Trophy in 2023, in which 17 cars contested the championship across two classes.

Like its European cousin, McLaren Trophy America will showcase the Artura Trophy race car. Bespoke to the championship, the Artura Trophy shares much with the highly acclaimed McLaren Artura road car, including the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) which provides a rigid and lightweight chassis for supreme race track performance and remarkable impact resistance.

Powered by the same twin-turbo V6 engine as the road car and generating 577 bhp, the Artura Trophy is sensationally fast in a straight line. The compact and wide 120-degree angle engine sits low in the chassis making it equally spectacular in its cornering abilities, aided by a bespoke aerodynamic package that includes a high-downforce rear wing. In addition to offering high levels of driver engagement, lap times of the Artura Trophy compare favorably with GT3 cars.

The Artura Trophy has been designed to be accessible to drivers of all abilities and easily serviceable, with an adjustable Bosch engine management system, inboard radiators, and a rear deck that can be lifted away without needing to remove the rear wing.

Independent teams will run the cars, and existing 570S Trophy cars are also eligible for the series. These cars will compete for class wins and championships and, like the Artura Trophy, will be fully supported by McLaren Customer Racing, with replacement parts and technical backup available at every round.

Both the Artura Trophy and 570S Trophy cars will benefit from high-performance tires supplied by tire partner Pirelli, using its extensive experience in both Formula 1 and GT racing.

McLaren Trophy America competitors will also benefit from the relaxed and sociable paddock environment that is a popular feature of the championship in Europe. Central to this is the Formula 1-inspired McLaren race center where drivers can entertain friends, family, sponsors, and team managers, host meetings, or simply relax.

The inaugural season will consist of 10 races across 5 race weekends. Over four hours of track time at each event includes two races of 50 minutes in duration, including mandatory pit stops for driver changes. Full details of the 2025 race calendar will be released later this year.

About McLaren  Trophy:

Launched in July 2022, the McLaren Trophy is a pro-am championship designed to challenge ambitious GT drivers by placing an emphasis on the amateur (Bronze) driver.

The McLaren Trophy will feature two classes in its inaugural season:

The Artura Trophy is based on the McLaren Artura GT4 race car and is powered by the same V6 twin-turbo engine but tuned to provide 577 bhp. It also has a high downforce package with a bigger rear wing and additional front-end aerodynamics and is capable of lap times close to GT3 race cars. Featuring all-new McLaren Carbon Fiber Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which provides a rigid carbon fiber chassis derived from the road car, Artura Trophy cars can be converted to GT4 specification, allowing teams and drivers to compete in both categories with the same chassis.

The 570S Trophy is based on the McLaren 570S GT4 race car. It is tuned to develop around 533 bhp and run in a higher downforce configuration.

For its inaugural 2023 season, McLaren Trophy, Europe will support the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS with 10 rounds spread over five events taking place in France, Belgium, Germany and Spain, including the Blue-Riband Crowdstrike 24 Hours of Spa.

The McLaren Trophy is presented in partnership with leading brands Pirelli, Rafa Racing Club and Richard Mille.

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