Thursday Wrap 9 March

Pedders Racing set to debut dual American Champion in Hi-Tec Oils Bathrust 6 Hour
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It has taken two years of communication but the four-time Australian Production car champions Pedders Racing have secured the services of Michelle Abbate, a dual Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) champion.

The American racer will take on the world famous track with the possibility that the field for the race could cap out at the maximum 72 cars.

As you would expect Abbate it is a dream come true to have the chance to race at the world famous circuit. In fact such is her excitement, she has cancelled her honeymoon to take part.

“I couldn’t be more excited and thankful to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
“It has always been my dream to visit Australia and watch some of the best racing in the world, and, thanks to seasons of sharing information, a mutual commitment to the FRS (Toyota 86) chassis, and now with this open door from Pedders Racing, I don’t have to watch, I can actually get out there and race Bathurst!

“We’ve been toying with the idea of joining forces for a while now, but our racing seasons and business commitments hadn’t fallen in line, so when the date was mentioned, my Crew Chief (fiancé) and I changed our plans because, let’s be honest, is there any where or any way better to do a honeymoon?!”

Team principal and fellow driver Grant Phillips shares her excitement.

“We’ve had lots of exciting things happen to the team since we joined the national scene seven years ago, but to be able to secure the opportunity for an international driver to be with us at Bathurst is pretty up there.

“Michele (Abbate) has developed a strong pedigree of racing across every opportunity that she creates, and we’re very keen to get her to Australia and get her settled into the seat of our 86.

“There’s no doubt that Michele’s knowledge of track racing, her understanding of the 86 chassis, and her entertaining approach will gel really well with our team, and it won’t just be a ‘bucket list’ experience for her as a driver, but also an outstanding experience for our MTA (Motorsports Training Australia) crew who take every moment as a unique opportunity to learn.”

McLaren reveal their new Super Series car the McLaren 720S
The new McLaren 720S made its global debut earlier this week (March 7) at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, introducing the second-generation of McLaren’s Super Series and simultaneously raising previously accepted limits of performance in the supercar sector.

“Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland. This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new 720S is absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
The unveiling of McLaren’s new supercar confirms both the 720S name and 720PS horsepower of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series, details which have been teased online in recent months. The Surrey, England-based manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and supercars, has issued a series of six press releases since January, each accompanied by an image or film containing a numerical reference - and it can now be revealed that 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 equals 720…
The new 720S is lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its McLaren 650S predecessor, with unparalleled levels of interior space and sophistication and a breadth and depth of abilities that will engage and exhilarate the driver.  One glance at the 720S identifies it as a bold reinterpretation of McLaren’s design language; rooted in aerodynamic principles, the beautiful form has nothing superfluous about it: immediately and undeniably a McLaren, the new 720S is arguably the most distinctive and remarkable McLaren yet.
One of the key points in the design of the new Super Series is the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car; this function is carried out instead by the unique ‘double-skin’ aerodynamic form of the dihedral doors, which channel air to the high-temperature radiators that cool the mid-mounted engine.
The new M480T engine powering the 720S continues the lineage of McLaren’s multiple-award-winning, twin-turbocharged V8 engine series. The 4.0-litre engine, which has 41 percent new part content compared to the 3.8-litre engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generates a maximum of 720PS and 770Nm of torque.
Performance is truly astonishing: standstill to 100km/h (62mph) takes less than 3 seconds and just 5 seconds later the car has passed the 200km/h (124mph) mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph). Braking is equally impressive, the new 720S coming to a halt from 200km/h (124mph) in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117m. Additionally, the extreme efficiency of the engine also goes beyond mere velocity: the new McLaren 720S delivers 10.7 litres/km combined fuel economy and CO
2 emissions of just 249g/km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
McLaren’s expertise in carbon fibre structures – every road car built by the British manufacturer since the McLaren F1 in 1993 has had a carbon fibre chassis – underpins the construction of the new 720S; the architecture of the car is based around a new carbon fibre ‘tub’ and upper structure, the McLaren Monocage II. This technology delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a lightweight structure and is the ideal base for any supercar. A range of aluminium alloys are also used extensively in the chassis, as well as for some body panels.
A new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the established excellence of McLaren’s power-assisted, electro-hydraulic steering, all combine to deliver huge reserves of grip, balance and performance and an unmatched breadth of dynamic capabilities.
The hand-crafted luxury inherent in a McLaren, with the authenticity of fine leathers and machined aluminium, is complemented by the revolutionary new McLaren Driver Interface, which comprises a Folding Driver Display and Central Infotainment Screen. In combination with a cabin environment that establishes new standards in the supercar segment for visibility, space and comfort, these attributes give the new McLaren 720S an incredible degree of usability and validate its claim to be the most complete supercar on sale today.
The new McLaren 720S is now available to order from McLaren retailers, with the first customers scheduled to receive their cars in May.  Three grades of specification are offered, with Performance and Luxury trims extending above the standard level, all complemented by a range of option packs. Comprehensive detail of new McLaren 720S, which costs from £208,600 (UK), can be found alongside a portfolio of new visual assets on the McLaren media website:
McLaren 720S
Technical specification
Engine configuration
M840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc
Drivetrain layout
Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power PS (bhp/kW @ rpm
720 (710/537) @ 7,500
Torque Nm (lbs ft) @ rpm
770 (568) @ 5,500
7 Speed SSG
Independent adaptive dampers, dual wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II)
Carbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm)
Wheels (inches)
Front: 9J x 19; Rear: 11J x 19
F: 245/35/R19 93Y (XL); R: 305/30/R20 103Y (XL)
Length, mm (inches)
4,543 (179)
Wheelbase, mm (inches)
2,670 (105)
Height, mm (inches)
1,196 (47)
Width, with mirrors, mm (inches)
2,161 (85)
Width, mirrors folded, mm (inches)
2,059 (81)
Width, without mirrors, mm (inches)
1,930 (76)
Lightest dry weight, kg (lbs)
1,283 (2,828.5)
DIN Kerb weight, kg (lbs) [fluids + 90% fuel]
1,419 (3,128)
Luggage capacity
Front: 150l; Rear: 210l
Performance data*
0 -60mph
2.8 seconds
0-100 km/h (0-62mph)
2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124mph)
7.8 seconds
0-300 km/h (0-186mph)
21.4 seconds
0-400 m / ¼ mile
10.3 seconds
Maximum Speed
341km/h (212 mph)
200 – 0 km/h (124mph – 0) braking
4.6 seconds/117 m
100 – 0 km/h (62mph – 0) braking
2.8 seconds/29.7 m
CO2 emissions [NEDC]
249 g/km
Fuel consumption – EU mpg (l/100km)
Extra urban
10.7 l /100km
15.8 l /100km
7.9 l /100km
* All figures subject to confirmation. MPG (UK/US) not yet available.