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2012 McLaren MP4-12C

2012 McLaren MP4-12C


Known as being one of the oldest active teams in Formula 1, the McLaren nameplate has been the envy of almost everyone it comes up against since 1966. A company with a rich race heritage of winning world championships and setting new standards, McLaren set out to do what many thought they couldn’t; build a road legal car that would quite literally create the hypercar class. The outcome would be the McLaren F1, a 6.1-liter V-12 monster that produced 618 horsepower. The F1 one would go on to set a new world record clocking in at 243 mph, blowing away everyone in the industry. Riding on the success of the F1 and data gathered from it, McLaren’s all-new model would become available to the public in 2011, the MP4-12C. It became the company’s first production vehicle entirely designed and built in-house by McLaren and took the supercar class by storm.

The MP4-12C’s predecessor might have carried a V12, but this McLarens 592 horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine is one that cannot be thought any less of. Derived from McLarens Formula 1 racing technology and performance data the numbers speak for themselves as this menacing McLaren will launch to 60 mph in the low 3 seconds and finish a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds all while achieving a top speed of 205 mph. Compared to its competition in 2012, like the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo and Porsche 911 Turbo, it takes the crown in almost every category for speed and performance.

Comfortable seating for 2 occupants in the cockpit and features carbon fiber components throughout. The black leather bucket seats blend well with the red stitching in the cabin and are equipped with an electric adjustable control system that allows for the driver to be in the perfect position. An array of modern technology can be found in the cabin like Bluetooth capabilities, built-in GPS navigation, a touchscreen stereo and USB plug-in.

A supercar that helped lead the way in the mid-2000s when it came to race car-derived performance and technology for purpose-built road cars.

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