New racing unit of the German tuner will compete in the 2012 GT3 circuit.

German tuner Gemballa has a new racing division which will field two McLaren MP4-12C GT3s next season (2012).

Gemballa investor Steffen Korbach says:

"We deliberately went for the McClaren MP4-12C GT3 for our motor sport commitment, because we think the car has enormous potential to be among the season's leaders. Together with a renowned deployment team that's already won everything in sight and exceptional drivers, we obviously want to drive to win. Racing is in our blood."

The two gull-winged GT3 racers are fitted with a front splitter, new optimized air vents, a large rear wing and rear diffuser on the outside.

The cockpit comes wrapped in a carbon safety cell and the car will also feature an F1-style steering wheel with integrated display.

The new unit, Gemballa Racing SE, will be headed by Sascha Bert, a race driver and instructor. The rest of the team and its drivers will be announced at a later date.

The Leonberg, Germany-based tuner is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Last year, Uwe Gemballa, the company founder, was killed in South Africa over an illicit business deal.

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