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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,”

Source: McLaren

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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


McLaren Mp4-12C Prototype Tested to Destruction.

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



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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#Mclaren MP4-12c Press Launch

Back in 2009 we saw the first glimpse of the “p11” aka the Mclaren F1 replacement the  “mp4-12c“.

On wednesday the 18th of March Mclaren HQ in Woking opened its door to the UK motoring press to reveal the inner workings of the new Company McLaren Automotive.

You can watch the recording of the press conference here at the source.

The 12C is powered by a bespoke McLaren ‘M838T’ 3.8 litre, V8 twin-turbo engine producing around 600bhp, driving through a McLaren seven speed Seamless Shift dual clutch gearbox (SSG). It is targeting not only new standards for power and performance in its sector, but also class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions; supported by McLaren’s experience of active aerodynamics to aid cooling, grip, handling and road holding.

The heart of the new car is the Carbon MonoCell. McLaren pioneered the use of carbon composite construction in the 1981 Formula 1 MP4/1 model and set a trend that all Formula one teams have followed.

The Highlights of the Press conference:-

The Creation of more than 300 new jobs and a new production center the MPC.

A very strong safety cell: The MonoCell offers greater occupant safety. It acts as a safety survival cell, as it does for a Formula 1 car and passed not one but three 50km Crash tests and the Carbon MonoCell remained intact.

The Launch of 35 new Dealerships worldwide and will grow to around the 200 mark.
Every dealership before they sell a 12c will have to stock the full car in parts to ensure the owner experience prompt and F1 esque service visits.

The heart of the Iris System is powered by a Dual Intel Processors running at 1.6ghz and will run a Windows platform.

 Pre-Cog system where the user can “focus” the gear before they engage to ensure lightening quick changes and also to prepare for the waves of torque.

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(Above: Nurburgring Test Mule)

Here are some pictures taken by James Baggot from Car Dealer Magazine.




Vodafone Mclaren MP4-25 F1 Lauch

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team today revealed its brand new MP4-25 chassis – the car in which reigning world champion Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will contest the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Unveiled at Vodafone UK’s stunning headquarters in Newbury, the 2010 car looks noticeably different from last year’s race-winning MP4-24. MP4-25 features a radical aerodynamic overhaul and a significantly larger fuel tank to take full advantage of this year’s new regulations, and its design team is confident it has explored every possible avenue to maximise the car’s performance.

Horsepower once again comes from our friends in Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz’s FO 108X V8 subtly improves upon an engine which has become the benchmark in Formula 1, winning the last two drivers’ world championships.

The team kicks off its 2010 campaign with a stunning driver pairing: 2009 world champion Jenson Button and 2008 title winner Lewis Hamilton. It is the first time since 1989 – when it ran Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna – that the team has fielded a joint-world champion driver line-up, and marks the first time in Formula 1 history that the sport’s two most recent world champions have been partnered together.

However, the driver line-up represents only a fraction of the team’s remarkable strength in depth. Members of the design team who contributed to the development of MP4-25 can also trace their involvement back through an incredible seven drivers’ world championships, five of the team’s eight constructors’ world championships and 112 of the team’s 164 grand prix victories.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team begins pre-season testing with MP4-25 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo on Monday