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McLaren Reveals P1 Design Study

The “ultimate supercar”?

by on Sep.18, 2012

McLaren promises the P1 will be the "ultimate supercar" when it reaches market next year.

McLaren is ready to unleash what it’s calling the “ultimate supercar” at the upcoming Paris Motor Show and after giving us an artistic tease that Andy Warhol might have been proud of, the British maker has finally given us an unvarnished look at the new P1.

Okay, let’s back up a bit.  These images are of what McLaren is calling a “P1 Design Study.” But barring a few little tweaks you can expect to see pretty much precisely what’s hear when the new model goes on sale “within 12 months.”  That would hold the maker to its promise to produce an all-new vehicle every year, starting with the McLaren MP4-12C and the subsequent Spider.

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Apparently, we’ll have to wait for Paris to get more details about the McLaren P1 but Managing Director Tony Sherrif hints that, “Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit.  It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.”


First Look: 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

Second entry goes al fresco.

by on Jul.11, 2012

McLaren will add a hardtop convertible version of its MP4-12C supercar.

McLaren is going topless.  The British maker, which recently returned to the consumer automotive market, is getting ready to reveal the al fresco version of its 200 mph MP4-12C supercar.

Best known for its staggeringly successful racing program, the marque will literally pull the covers off the McLaren 12C Spider at next month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  But we’ve got a few early images to share with readers.

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The Spider is the second in what McLaren promises to be a series of new supercars it hopes to roll out at a pace of roughly one a year for the foreseeable future, Managing Director Antony Sheriff told earlier this year.


First Drive: McLaren MP4-12C

From track to tarmac.

by on Mar.27, 2012

The new McLaren MP4-12C.

Move over Ferrari.  Step aside Lamborghini.  There’s a new kid on the supercar block and it’s got some mighty big aspirations.

“We’re a 50-year-old start-up,” suggests Antony Sheriff as he offers us our first close-up look at a running McLaren MP4-12C during a visit to Auto Club Speedway, on the outskirts of Los Angeles.  The exotic 2-seater is the latest attempt by the British maker to move from track to tarmac.  Its first effort was the $1 million McLaren F1, the second a joint venture with Mercedes-Benz that gave us the SLR AMG.  This time, McLaren is back to doing it alone — and taking direct aim at Italy’s two better-known supercar manufacturers.

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It’s not that the company founded by New Zealand’s Bruce McLaren is an unknown entity.  In its nearly half century of motorsports McLaren has taken the checkered flag at one out of every four races it’s ever entered, making it a force to be reckoned with, year after year, on the Formula One circuit.  But the MP4-12C is aiming to strike the same fearsome chord on the street, giving gold chained Ferraristas reason to take pause – and perhaps to reconsider where they buy their next bella macchina.


McLaren Sets $229,000 “Base” Price on MP4-12C

It’ll cost more with the 3-camera recording system, however.

by on Jan.20, 2011

Priced at $229,000: the McLaren MP4-12C.

Considering the price tag for previous models bearing the McLaren moniker, including the million-dollar F1, the British maker’s latest offering is a positive bargain, at $229,000.

Of course, you better have a bit more in your bank account if you plan to cover taxes, gas guzzler fees – and a long, long, long list of options that even includes a 3-camera in-car recording system so you can see the look of fear on your face when you miss the tight corner on track day.

Produced using carbon fiber, and weighing just 2,866 pounds, the Formula One-influenced MP4-12C will be powered by a mid-mounted3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 making 592 horsepower channeled through a 7-speed Seamless Shift dual-clutch gearbox.  A “pre-cog” system will permit the driver to pre-select the next gear, using paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, reducing gear shift times to near-instantaneous, MacLaren claims.


First Look: McLaren MP4-12C

F1 maker taking on Porsche Lamborghini and Ferrari,

by on Mar.19, 2010

A Formula One car in virtually everything but design, claims McLaren about the new MP4-12C, which will reach production early in 2011.

Best known for its Formula One race cars, the British maker McLaren aims to take on long-time rivals like Ferrari and Porsche, but this time on the street with the track-tuned MP4-12C sports car, which will start at nearly $200,000.

McLaren, which recently was embroiled in scandal on the F1 circuit, is entering the luxury car market at a challenging moment, analysts caution, noting that the ongoing global recession has triggered an auto sales slump that has been particularly hard on the luxury segment.  But Ron Dennis, the Chairman of McLaren Automotive, insists it’s a perfect time to launch the MP4-12C.

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“Following any recession, there’s a resurgence,” Dennis stressed, during a news conference announcing the new venture, and, “We intend to catch that wave.”

The 12C will borrow heavily from McLaren’s F1 technology.  Both Jensen Button, previously an F1 world champion, and McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton have been test-driving the new sports car for the British maker.