Sure, they get to drive around some of the world’s most glamorous places in the fastest racing cars on the planet and, occasionally, if their busy schedules permit, hang out with lingerie models in offshore tax havens, but other than that what’s really the big deal?
Particularly when paying punters can now get a piece of the McLaren on-track action, with the MP4-12C GT3 racer on sale to customers ready for this season. Admittedly, you’ll need a pretty hefty budget to take the £310,000 GT racing for the summer, but you’ll be rewarded with a car built and designed to McLaren’s obsessively exacting standards and tested in the same F1 simulator used to hone Lewis and Jenson’s company cars. The GT3’s steering wheel even shares its design with the one found in the MP4-24 Formula One car.
Based on the preposterously good MP4-12C road car, the race car adds a GT3-ready aero package and an 80kg-lighter, six-speed sequential box, though the 3.8-litre V8 has been detuned to 493bhp (from 592bhp) in order to conform to race series rules.
For less wealthy wannabe racers a Scalextric version is available at around 0.01% of the price. You can wave goodbye to the lingerie models though.