Being Jay Leno comes with many perks, one of which is VIP tickets to the recently held US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Whereas most of us will be probably get lucky scoring grandstand seats, Leno doesn’t roll like that. He goes inside, deep into the heart of the event, to talk to a variety of individuals who played big roles in bringing Formula One back to U.S. soil.
Leno’s first interview was with renowned German racetrack architect Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for designing what would eventually be known as the Circuit of the Americas. From there, the comedian spends some time with an engineer from McLaren to discuss the finer points of an F1 car. That’s a conversation we’d love to be a part of.
The perks this man gets as one of the world’s foremost celebrity gear heads is downright incredible.
Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C
The MP4-12C was launched on the market in 2011 as a direct challenger to the Ferrari 458 Italia . The initial model was powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 producing 592 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque delivered between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm. For the 2013 model year, the car’s engine was updated to a total of 616 horsepower.
With the extra power, the MP4-12C runs from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and hits a top speed of 207 mph.