McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

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The guys over ThatRacingChannel wanted to see if two European supercar — the McLaren MP4-12C — can take on some of the most modern muscle America has to offer in the 2014 SRT Viper . Why on earth you would want to put two cars that aren’t exactly competitors in a head-to-head competition? Well, the answer is simple: because it’s a whole hell of a lot of fun! And if you have the cars at your disposal, why not?

The SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4-liter, V-10 engine that delivers 640 horsepower at 6,150 rpm and 600 pound-feet of torque at 4,950 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 206 mph. On the other hand, the MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower that allows it to sprint to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.

Check out the video to see which car won the race.

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McLaren Special Operation — MSO for short — is a special division of the company established back in August 2011. Since then, the best vehicles we’ve seen from them were the MP4-12C High Sport and the X1 .

While waiting for that special Project Alpha supercar , which MSO announced a while ago, it launched a very cool 12C concept car. It is, of course, a new design exercise that show the amazing bespoke capacities of the MP4-12C sports car .

Just like with all the other vehicles developed by MSO, this special 12C received a full package of bespoke features, including a revised hood, front wing louvers, new rear wing vents, a unique airbrake and a new roof, featuring an integrated snorkel that channels air into the engine. All these elements are made in carbon fiber.

The 12C also features titanium wheel bolts to help reduce unsprung weight and add strength to the hubs.

For the interior, MSO adds a carbon-fiber instrument cluster with integrated shift lights, and a color trim inspired by the body color.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Concept Car by MSO.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris put face to face two of the latest sports cars: the new Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren MP4 12C . Why this strange choice? Well, because the new Turbo S is a very expensive car, and, according to Harris, it "probably needs to fend-off more exotic machinery like a yellow McLaren."

As a reminder, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 197 mph. On the other hand, the MP4 12C gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.

Check out the video to see which of the two sports car was the best according to Harris.

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.

Finally, Leno meets McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey before getting a chance to ride shotgun on a McLaren MP4-12C around the track.

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

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We all know that Chris Harris often is one of the first to get his hands on the latest and greatest road-going cars in the world. However, he does occasionally get a crack at a racecar. And in the latest episode of Drive he got the chance to drive one of the best race cars in the world, at least according to him: the new McLaren 12C GT3 .

The MP4-12C GT3 is powered by a race-prepped 3.8-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine featuring McLaren Electronics ECU interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec transmission control units. When compared to the road-going version, the GT3 version received a revised aerodynamics package that includes a new front splitter, front and rear diffuser and a huge, fully adjustable rear wing.

The MP4-12C GT3 is priced at $500,000, and according to Chris, it is the best toy to play with. Check him out testing the new GT3 on a race track in Woking, UK.

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Jethro Bovingdon from the British magazine EVO wanted to find out what the best track car of 2013, so he made a test that included some of the coolest cars out there: the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am , Caterhan Seven 620R , Radical RXC , BAC Mono , Litchfield Subaru BRZ Spec S , Mini JCW GP , Supercharged Ariel Atom 3.5 and Porsche Cayman S .

The test was made at the Blyton Park and the result seems to be a little bit surprising. Of course, we will not ruin the surprise and will let you watch for yourself to see that car was declared "Track Car of the Year."

All we can tell is that you will be surprise to see that the Cayman S was just a couple of seconds behind the 380-horsepower Radical RXC, which, by the way, weights only 900 kilos (1,984 pounds).

Enjoy the video and trust us it worth spending half an hour watching it!

Remember that memorable Forza 5 "Filmspeed" ad featuring the 2014 McLaren MP4-12C that was shown a few weeks ago?

We admit that we still can’t get enough of it, specifically the process that was involved in actually making the video. What a lot of people didn’t know from the video was that no less than Tanner Foust, the same guy who hosts Top Gear USA , was the man behind the wheel of the MP4-12C.

Coming from the man who was responsible for driving the supercar to make sure that the angles were all hit on the right spots, Foust takes us on a behind-the-scenes look on how the video ad came to be. It’s a fascinating look at one of the most creative ads we’ve seen in a while.

Trust us: if you liked the commercial when you first saw it, this episode of Life in the Foust Lane will give you a deeper level of appreciation of Forza Motorsport’s Filmspeed animation.

Click past the jump to watch the video in all its awesome glory

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McLaren currently offers two racing versions of its 12C sports car: the 12C GT3 and the 12C GT Can-Am Edition . McLaren specially designed the 12C GT3 version for competitions like the FIA Group GT3 where it obtained its first victory at the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.

McLaren has now decided to expand the 12C lineup even further with the addition of a new 12C GT Sprint edition. The new model will make its world debut during this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and McLaren will limit it to only 20 units. Before you get too excited, we have to let you know that the new 12C Sprint edition is a track-only model.

McLaren GT is developing the model and will base it on the road-going 12C, but it will feature some new systems and an optimized aerodynamic package.

Updated 10/1/2013: McLaren has released some additional information, including the £195,000 (about $316,150 at the current exchange rates) base price for the 12C GT Sprint. The Brittish maker also revealed a few more images of the upcoming supercar.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C GT Sprint.

Earlier this year, luxury German tuner, DMC, introduced its Velocita program for the McLaren MP4-12C . Months have passed since then, but it seems like DMC spent all that time building a special version of that incredible program.

This is the McLaren HS-12 Velocita SE, a irresistibly eye-catching take on the British supercar , complete with a new aerodynamic kit, posh interior upgrades and a unique color finish that brings out the aura of the MP4-12C like few other tuning programs could.

One look at the MP4-12C and you’ll immediately gravitate towards the Emerald Red Couture body finish DMC used on the supercar. We can’t blame you for drooling because we had to stop ourselves from doing so, too. But once we got our bearings back, we also noticed a few details about the new aero kit fitted into the MP4-12C.

The aerodynamic engineering is clearly evident, as shown by the supercar’s redesigned carbon-fiber grill to go with a new front lip spoiler with an enhanced downforce on the front axle, as well as carbon-fiber side flaps that work by supporting the pressure between the axles and, in turn, improves the car’s road stability. A carbon-fiber rear diffuser was also installed, with the new one treated to the addition of two two fins and goes hand-in-hand with a brand-new exhaust system that’s made of pure titanium.

A large rear wing and a set of 21-inch diamond forged alloy wheels round out DMC’s HS-12 Velocita SE program for the McLaren MP4-12C, further underscoring the DMC’s brilliance in billing programs like this while also highlighting the MP4-12C’s growing clout as an aftermarket favorite.

Click past the jump to read about the standard McLaren MP4-12C

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In this high-tech world, pretty much everything you see on the screen is computer generated. However, the new "Filmspeed" — the latest ad spot for Forza Motorsport 5 — is a little bit different. It was filmed one frame at a time using a high-speed video camera bolted into the engine block of a McLaren 12C supercar .

The 12C supercar runs on a racetrack and it blasts past 680 frames printed on aluminum panels at a maximum filming speed of 120 mph. Now this is the right way of filming a great video, don’t you agree? Of course a professional driver and a close track were used, so you shouldn’t try this at home.

So, even though this may look like it was computed generated, what you’re watching was shot via camera. Check out the video to see for yourself how the filming was made.

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