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McLaren MP4-12C GT3 “The Evil Twin” Pricing Announced

McLaren GT will build 20 new MP4-12C GT3 cars for privateer teams to race in 2012. At a press conference held at the McLaren Technology Centre, senior McLaren GT executives revealed to the world’s media and a group of prospective 12C GT3 clients the price and development programme details of the first non-Formula 1 race car built by McLaren since the McLaren F1 GTR.

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Andrew Kirkaldy, CRS Racing Team Principal and Project Manager for McLaren GT said: “Having been a customer of GT car manufacturers for many years, I’m delighted we are now able to offer a carbon chassis based GT3 car for £310,000 excluding taxes. There will be no hidden costs and we will work as hard as we can to support as many races as we can.

“We will spend the 2011 season developing the car with a team from McLaren Racing, McLaren Applied Technologies and McLaren Automotive and make sure this is the most efficient, reliable and easy to drive GT3 car on the grid when we deliver cars to customers next year.”

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren Group CEO said: “The new MP4-12C sports car is the essence of a race car and we used Formula 1 simulation technology to get us ahead in our development programme. We have a unique mix of experience in the McLaren GT team and I expect the 12C GT3 to be the start of our GT racing plans. We have had great success outside of Formula 1, from the US, to France, to Japan and there is no reason why we can’t repeat that success in sports cars after 2012.”

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The Second McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to be built by McLaren GT

The first non prototype McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to be built by McLaren GT – a new company that brings together the expertise of the McLaren Group and CRS Racing – has successfully undertaken its debut tests at the MIRA proving ground facility and Silverstone Circuit in England.

McLaren GT has also appointed a new test driver to its team, 26-year-old Portuguese racing driver Álvaro Parente.

The initial shakedown tests undertaken with the 12C GT3, whereby new components are calibrated and bespoke aerodynamic body structures are appraised for the first time, will be followed by comprehensive tests scheduled throughout March and April at a number of FIA* certified circuits across Europe.

News on the development programme, full driver line-up and planned competition for the 12C GT3 will be confirmed after these tests are completed. Enjoy the content of the Official Photos and Video from McLaren Automotive.

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McLaren MP4-12C Performance Figures Released

McLaren Automotive have officially release performanc figures of the MP4-12c and they are impressive to say the least

  • Dry weight (with lightweight options): 1301kgs / 2868 lbs
  • Carbon MonoCell chassis weight: 75kgs / 165 lbs
  • 0 – 200kph (124mph) in 9.1s (8.9s on optional Corsa tyres)
  • CO2 emissions of 279g/km (equating to 24.2 EU mpg combined)
  • 0 – 100kph (62mph) in 3.3s (3.1s with optional Corsa tyres)
  • Top speed: 330kph (205mph)
  • 100 – 0 kph (62 – 0mph) in 30.5 m (100 ft)
  • ¼ mile: 10.9s @ 135 mph
  • Power:weight (lightweight options): 461PS / 455bhp per tonne
  • Power: 600PS (592bhp) at 7,000 rpm
  • Torque: 600Nm (443lb ft) between 3,000 – 7,000 rpm

They also released some interesting facts about the test data they carried out testing on the Nordschleife and the limitiations from winter closure.

As well as road miles, the 12C has undergone novel laboratory development, including with a ‘virtual reproduction’ of the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The Nordschleife in Germany (as any fule kno) is regarded as the world’s ultimate test circuit due to its combination of challenging surfaces and 12.93m length.

“We have a permanent test base at the Applus IDIADA proving ground in Northern Spain, ” says Technical Director Dick Glover. “Our team of engineers took data from the Nordschleife circuit including lateral g performance, vertical road inputs, engine throttle position and gearing, and created a programme which can then be run at IDIADA, which we call the Idischleife Concept.

“This programme allows us to undertake challenging and aggressive testing to the level experienced at the Nordschleife but at a location where we can run testing literally twenty-four hours, seven days a week and quickly move the 12C closer to its development targets,”

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McLarens MP4-12C Enters Production

The first McLaren MP4-12C (‘Chassis 01′) production car takes shape in McLaren Technology Centre
2011 milestone announced with a new high quality ‘best of’ short film capturing highlights of the 2010 12C launch programme.

After we witnesses the High’s and lows of the Nurburgring testing we know this vehicle has been tested to destruction, the VP8 prototype left the eifel wounded but with experience carried over in to production.

McLaren Automotive plans to build up to 1,000 12Cs in 2011. Most will be manufactured in a bespoke new £40m McLaren Production Centre, which is due for completion in May on a site adjacent to MTC. However, ‘Chassis 01′ is being built in the existing MTC production facility, where outstanding quality and highly efficient production methods have been fine-tuned since the Foster + Partners-designed building opened in 2004.

The innovative 12C was first presented to the public at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England in July 2010, prior to a North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. 12Cs were then presented at exclusive events to prospective customers and media around the world as McLaren Automotive toured many of the cities that

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McLaren Mp4-12C Prototype Tested to Destruction.

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Recently at the Nordschleife in Germany the much anticipated McLaren MP4-12c, suffered at the legendary Nordschleife.

The first was being towed off unceremoniously by a Volkswagon the same company who makes the Bugatti Veyron.

And then suffered an accident on the Northloop and finally a engine failure where it limped back to the Pirelli Test center bleeding its fluids.

That was the end of testing at the Nordschleife im sure it will be back sans broken engine soon, get well soon VP13.

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#Mercedes #Mclaren SLR Stirling Moss Lapping the Nurburgring

Today at the Nurburgring Nordshleife Public day the awe inspiring SLR Stirling Moss edition turned up to do a lap or two of the infamous nordschleife, A very noble cause considering the many danger’s on the Northloop and the whopping 750k euro price tag.

The car was inspired by the 1955 300 SLR that Moss guided to the Mille Miglia record of ten hours & seven minutes and 48 seconds.

The power unit consists of a supercharged 5.4-litre V8 from the SLR 722 edition, meaning there’s a whopping 641bhp and 605lb ft, taking the speedster to 62mph in sub 3.5sec and onto a Vmax of 217mph.

The performance is a level above that of the rest of the Mercedes Mclaren range thanks to some handy weightloss regime including a carbonfibre body sheding approximately 200kg from the Standard SLR.

Owners will be able to personally compare the two, as the 75 Stirling Moss editions are only available to current SLR owners.

It rounds off production of the SLR – the best selling supercar ever, at around 1700 units.

It also the end of the McMerc supercar partnership – the Germans going their own way with the SLS and McLaren making its first independent car since the legendary F1 in the form of the MP4-12c.
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World debut of MP4-12C sees McLaren take pole position in Goodwood Festival of Speed Supercar Run

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The innovative new McLaren MP4-12C was given its public world debut at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from 01-04 July. Current Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton delighted the crowds by driving a McLaren Orange Validation Prototype (VP) 12C up the famous Goodwood Hill on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

With McLaren Automotive Managing Director, Antony Sheriff at the wheel, the MP4-12C was the first car to be driven up Goodwood Hill on Friday 02 July, effectively opening the show.  The 12C was subsequently granted pole position in every Supercar Run over the course of the weekend, a fitting gesture to two Formula 1 World Champions that are accustomed to leading from the front!

In addition to another 12C VP car, finished in Volcano Orange and fitted with stunning Lightweight Forged alloy wheels, many of the 176,000 visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed over the course of the event were drawn to a 12C rolling chassis displayed on the McLaren stand. Presenting a car in this way underlines the skill and pride the team place in the 12C’s engineering integrity. By viewing firsthand the car’s hydraulic suspension arrangement, its carbon Monocell chassis, compact 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine and unique transmission unit, visitors with an appreciation for innovation and technology had a rare glimpse of what lies under the skin of the 12C.

McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff said: “The visitors to our stand were the perfect blend of car enthusiasts and potential customers; I’m delighted that we chose Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil the 12C to the public.  Two British Formula 1 World Champions were behind the wheel of the car as we led the field up the hill. A major landmark, delivered to McLaren’s high standards.

 “Visitors to the McLaren stand either displayed an in-depth understanding of the bespoke technologies developed for the 12C, or spent time discussing our plans. It was a great opportunity for tens of thousands of car fans to see the car in the metal…and carbon.

“This is just the start for McLaren Automotive. In five year’s time, I expect us to be presenting a full range of innovative and performance-focused sports cars. Sports car enthusiasts all over the world will be able to enjoy McLaren cars up close and personal at events like Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

We have been following the development of this model see the early production test cars below from early 2009 at the Nurburgring:- 

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McLaren MP4-12C Prototype VP8 Spied lapping the Nurburgring Updated

After spotting this in the original tests in 2009, We once again have seen the VP8 mp4-12c Prototype testing at the Nordschleife.

This must be to finalise the handling setup and configuration prior to manufacture, You can see the Previous Reported Stories HERE

There is not a lot more to tell you apart from it look’s Awesome in white, Enjoy the exclusive pictures.

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