McLaren MP4-12C

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.

Click past the jump for two more video.

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Hennessey unveiled its HPE800 Kit for the McLaren MP4-12C for the McLaren MP4-12C in early 2012. In that instance, Hennessey tuned the supercar to deliver a total of 800 horsepower.

In 2013, however, Hennessey revisits the MP4-12C and came up with a new HPE700 kit that, despite delivering "only" 704 horsepower, it’s still bound to be a hoot to drive.

The new HPE700 kit includes an optimized ECU, an upgraded intercooler, dual air induction filters and a stainless-steel sports exhaust system. Thanks to these changes, the car’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine’s output was increased from the base 616 horsepower up to a total of 704 Horsepower at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 538 pound-feet at 5,800 rpm.

With the extra power, the MP4-12 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and will run the quarter mile in 10.3 seconds at a speed of 137 mph.

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

Mansory never passes up a chance to showcase its new projects in an auto show as big as Frankfurt.

So with the event scheduled to open to the public in a few days, the Swiss tuner extraordinaire has officially dropped the details on all of its Frankfurt -bound models.

One of the programs you’ll see is for the McLaren MP4-12C and you only need to be a fan of the British supercar to appreciate the level of work Mansory put into it to make it look and perform like a reborn exotic with stunning good looks and monster muscles under its hood.

In so many ways, this is typical Mansory — in a very good way. It’s not content on just rolling out the usual catch-as-catch-can program in an attempt to illicit a reaction. All of its projects come with a seal of awesomeness we don’t always see from other aftermarket companies.

That’s probably why the company saves its programs only for events like Frankfurt and quite frankly, we have no problem with that because at the end of the day, there will always be something to look forward to from this company when auto show season is in full bloom.

(Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-12Cf by Mansory}

It’s hard to believe that McLaren has already built 3,000 examples of its MP4-12C supercar, especially when you consider that the exotic has only been around in the past few years.

But the 12C’s popularity is unmistakable and undeniable, and in time for its 50th anniversary celebration, the British automaker built the 3,000th 12C supercar .

The 3,000th car is actually a Volcano Yellow 12C Spider , which was paraded around the company headquarters by McLaren Mercedes F1 driver Sergio Perez. It’s a tremendous achievement for such a young model, but it also proves that in the 50 years since Bruce McLaren first incorporated Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited on September 2, 1963, the company has risen to heights that very few of its contemporaries can brag about.

It’s been a pillar of Formula One since 1966, having won 182 races together with 43 wins in the North American CanAm series, three Indy 500 championships, and a 24 Hours of Le Mans win on its first attempt in 1995.

Since 1993, McLaren has also been credited with building some of the fastest and most powerful road cars in the world. Beginning with the F1, all the way to the MP4-12C, and the P1, the British company has become one of the standard bearers in the supercar market.

Not too shabby for a brand that’s younger than most of its competitors.

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

Innovation is at the heart of what McLaren does and there’s no question that when it comes to making use of the latest technologies available, there aren’t a lot of companies — British ones, at that — that can hold a candle to McLaren.

That’s also why the automaker is a staunch supporter of the GREAT campaign, an initiative in the UK that aims to highlight the it’s status as a world leader when it comes to technology.

In celebration of its advocacy to this cause, McLaren and F1 racecar driver Jenson Button recently unveiled the GREAT 12C , a McLaren supercar dressed up in the latest GREAT campaign livery, complete with fancy graphics and the campaigns key message "Innovation is GREAT" plastered throughout the 12C.

There is no mention of any performance mods on this liveried 12C, so we assume that it features the same 3.8-liter V-8 powerplant that produces 616 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque as the standard 12C. This engine sprints the 12C to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 207 mph.

If you remember, this isn’t the first McLaren that has prominently displayed the advocacy on its body. Last year, McLaren did the same to an MP4-12C GT3 , giving it the same unique treatment to match the message it wished to bestow.

The 2013 GREAT 12C will make the usual promotional rounds in the coming days, beginning with an appearance at an exclusive ‘McLaren 50’ screening of Formula 1 film ‘RUSH’ today before leading a procession of rare cars from Buckingham Palace to Marlborough House Gardens in the St James’s Palace Concours d’Elegance.

Click past the jump to read about the first GREAT McLaren, the MP4-12C GT3

Though we are not totally infatuated with the GT 86 /FR-S /BRZ triplets like most auto guys, we do think that it is still one hell of a sports car. Our biggest complaints about the GT 86 include its engineered torque dip to help it feel sportier at high revs, super-slow 0-to-60 mph time with the autobox and a body style that seems a lot older than it actually is, but the good certainly outweighs the bad.

Now, when it comes to modified versions of the triplets, we are all in, as tuners are managing to extract some mighty numbers from this sport coupe. Fensport put together a few tuning kits for the GT 86 that have attracted the attention of several auto nuts, and Autocar went a step further by putting it on the track against the mighty McLaren 12C .

The Fensport racing-spec GT 86 manages to churn out 335 horsepower and tips the scales at just over 2,425 pounds, plus it’s got racing slicks, tons of downforce and an upgraded suspension system. But, is that enough to tackle the 12C and its 616-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-8 powerplant?

Check out the above video to see how the racing-spec GT 86 holds up against the McLaren .

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Earlier this this Vorsteiner announced the McLaren-V Concept which seemed to preview the new MP4-VX tuning kit that was just announced. The kit was unveiled last night at the Vorsteiner headquarters in Garden Grove, California.

Of course that the new McLaren MP4-12C is a great car and we love the way it looks like, but it seems that the folks over Vorsteiner wanted to tweak its appearance just a little. And tweak it they certainly did! Too bad there’s no upgrades under the hood, but the standard 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with its 616 horsepower 443 pound-feet of torque that launched the supercar to 60 mph in as little as 3 seconds seems good enough.

Vorsteiner’s new kit was built using the latest dry carbon fiber pre-preg autoclave technology and it transforms the MP4-12C into an even more aggressive-looking supercar. On top of that, the tuner even added a set of wheels top help round out the look.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-VX by Vorsteiner.

It was only three months ago when Wheelsandmore presented a program for the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder - or just 12C, depending on your preference - yet somehow, it only took them that long to announce another project based on the British supercar .

Apparently, there’s no rest for the weary over there in Germany.

For this particular take, Wheelsandmore pulled off another knock-out program for the MP4-12C Spyder, giving it a full breadth of customizable details that hits all the right chords for fans of the McLaren .

The program even has its own name - British Open - and an appropriate designation at that, further highlighting the level of creativity and excellence that Wheelsandmore has come to be known for.

For all the pomp and hype the industry puts on aftermarket companies, Wheelsandmore has become one of the best at what it does, not because of the quantity of projects it rolls out, but because a lot of these programs have exceeded all of our expectations.

Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder

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McLaren P13

Two days ago, we brought you a series of spy shots that we believe it were images for an upcoming facelift for the MP4-12C . However, there is now rumbling that those were actually of a mule for the upcoming McLarenP13 , which is rumored to arrive in 2014 as a competitor for the Porsche 911 , the new Mercedes GT sports car and the Audi R8 .

According to a McLaren spokesman, via a report from Auto Express , the mule is testing some mechanical parts from the new entry-level model, the P13. Our spy photographers were lucky enough to catch what looks to be the same car near Nurburgring , but unfortunately the weather did not permit much testing. Now the real question is whether this is the P13 mule or a revision to the 12C Spyder, what do you think?

Rumors suggest that the P13 sports car will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C with an output kept close to 500 horsepower.

The model will be priced at about $200k and McLaren hopes to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.

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McLaren unveiled the MP4-12C back in 2011 and it looks like the car is already about to receive its second revision. The first revision took place for the 2013 model year and the changes were very slight. This time around, the changes will likely be a little more noticeable and our our spy photographers caught one of there revised MP4-12C prototypes testing at Nurburgring under camo.

Since this camouflage only hides the car’s front end, we expect to see changes to the front bumper and headlights. Rumors also suggest that McLaren will offer a small power boost for the twin-turbocharged V-8. The current MP4-12C delivers a total of 625 horsepower and we expect to see updated version to deliver somewhere in the 650-horsepower area.

Expect to see the revised MP4-12C unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , with sales to begin shortly after.

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


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