McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

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The guys over Drag Times magazine had the chance to take a McLaren MP4-12C supercar to the Palm Beach International Raceway for some quarter-mile testing. The car tested was a 2013 model year that delivers a total of 616 horsepower and comes equipped with reprogrammed transmission logic.

The model also features carbon-ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust system and super-light wheels, which help deliver a total weight of just 3,118 pounds when fuel tank was just a quarter full. All these updates dropped a weight-to-power ratio to 5.06 pounds per horsepower.

The results were pretty amazing, as the 12C ran the 1/4-mile in 10.55 seconds at a speed of 134.56 mph. These numbers make the MP4-12C faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, but also the second fastest-stock production car in the world, after the Bugatti Veyron. We are just waiting for some official confirmations from McLaren before getting too excited.

Source: DragTimes

The new McLaren 12C Spider is now officially on sale in North America, and, to mark the event, McLaren has unveiled a short film shot at the Loveland Pass in Colorado. With Rhys Millen behind the wheel, the 12C Spider had to challenge professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics.

Rhys Millen is the current overall record holder for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, so you can imagine that driving the 12C Spider in Loveland — the highest mountain pass in the world — was like an everyday play for him. On the other hand, Chanelle Sladics is a professional snowboarder and she competed eight times at the Winter X-Games. She also had the advantage of taking the most direct route across the snow covered landscape, so who will win this competition? Just watch the video to find out!

The 12C Spider driven in this video was equipped with a "Winter" powertrain setting that sets all electronic support systems to a maximum intervention level, with gearshift strategy and torque control optimized to limit any loss of traction.

Unlike some of the dedicated tuners in the industry today, Vorsteiner is one of those that’ll develop a program for any car it deems worthy of its time.

Well, the McLaren MP4-12C is as worthy as any vehicle Vorsteiner has ever worked on.

So, Vorsteiner has a program for the “Mac-daddy,” and it’s calling it the McLaren-V Concept. The full package has yet to be revealed but a couple of photos of the program appear to suggest the direction the tuner is going.

There are plenty of extra components added to the MP4-12C, including what appears to be a P1-inspired front bumper, complete with a large splitter and air vents. There are also new side skirts, a set of Vorsteiner wheels and what looks like a small boot-lid spoiler. On the back, the carbon-fiber add-ons include a new rear bumper with its own huge rear diffuser and a subtle rear wing.

All in all, it’s a pretty decent program with some P1 flavor mixed in. Maybe Vorsteiner has a performance tune in the oven? Who knows, but we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing one.

UPDATE 06/04/13: Vorsteiner has released a pretty interesting update of its McLaren MP4-12C program. It’s got nothing to do with the kit itself, but it’s no less important. A name change. Instead of the previously held belief that the program is called the MP4-12V, Vorsteiner has re-dubbed it the McLaren-V Concept. Sounds much better, if you ask us.

Back in late January, FAB Design surprised the Tokyo Auto Salon with the unveiling of its new program for the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder . Following in the veins of last year’s program for the coupe version, FAB Design went about and called this one "Terso", although as a Japan-exclusive model that was limited to only 10 units, that model came to be completely known as theMP4-12C Spyder Terso Japan Limited Edition.

Fast forward to the Geneva Motor Show and FAB Design has officially taken the covers off of the "regular" Terso program for the roofless McLaren supercar.

Similar to last year’s Terso program for the coupe version of the MP4-12C, this version comes chock-full with new aerodynamic components that include: a wider front and rear wings, new side skirts, enlarged air intakes in the front spoiler and a humongous diffuser just under the new rear spoiler.

The new FAB sport exhaust system plays a huge role in increasing the MP4-12C Spyder’s output to about 630 horsepower, 15 more than the standard output of the British supercar.

A set of 20-inch ultra-light, three-piece forged EvoLution wheels were fitted into the car and wrapped in a new set of Dunlop tires.

Diving into the interior, you’ll notice that FAB Design went to great lengths to ensure that the MP4-12C Spyer’s interior was treated to only the finest of materials. The new sport seats and the "ergonomically designed" sports steering wheel both received fine-upholstered leather while the aluminum pedal system sparkles in the foot-well also received its share of the upgrades.

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

The 2012 racing season was very successful for McLaren MP4 12C , as it achieved 19 victories and a further 19 podium finishes. However, none of these results were obtained in North American competition because in 2012 the car was not eligible to race here.

Things have changed for the 2013 racing season, as the car has been approved to race the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC). This is possible thanks to the updates made to the car’s hood and ducting. These updates allow the car to run competitively in higher temperatures than those experienced during 2012.

Thanks to these improvements the 12C GT3 won’t have any problems racing in the PWC, which includes the leading purpose-built tracks and street circuits across the USA and Canada. Also, in the PWC each race is a 50 minute sprint, which is the reason why the car needed to be able to run in higher temperatures.

Luxury Tuner, DMC, is preparing a new tuning kit for the McLaren MP4 supercar . Described as "the most aggressive MP4s the market has seen so far," the new MP4 Velocita will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The upgrade starts with the exterior where Mansory installed a new aerodynamic kit that includes a redesigned carbon-fiber grill, a new front lip splitter for the front fascia, carbon-fiber side flaps, a new carbon fiber diffuser and a huge rear wing. There is also a new exhaust system made from pure titanium, plus diamond forged alloy rims sized 9.5-by-21 inches at the front and 12.5-by-21 at the rear.

For the interior, the tuner combined the highest quality carbon, wood, leather or Alcantara.

The price for the update is as follows: $59,980 for the full package or $24,995 for the body kit, $12,995 for the wheels, $16,495 for the interior and $5,495 for the exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read DMC’s full press release

Last year, German tuner, Gemballa , returned to the Geneva Motor Show with a number of aftermarket offerings, one of which was for the McLaren MP4-12C .

This year, Gemballa is headed back to Geneva, and low and behold, it has another McLaren MP4-12C that it’s bringing to the show, only this time, it’s the MP4-12C Spider.

Should anybody look for a more individual twist to the mighty British supercar, Gemballa has the answer in the form of its GT package for the 12C Spider. Just like the program for the coupe version, the 12C Spider features a carbon fiber aero kit of which the most significant components appear to be new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, new tailpipes, a logo kit and a new set of 21-inch Gemballa GForged-one wheels available in either "black magic," "gunmetal,” or an individual color of the customer’s choosing.

Inside, the modifications aren’t all that plenty either. There’s the usual leather and Alcantara upholstery, as well as instrument dials that customers can also have customized in colors of their choice.

No performance upgrades were announced, so don’t expect to see any when the MP4-12C Spider Gemballa GT makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Should you find the program suitable to your tastes, you can pick it up for a pretty steep price of €47,166, which is about $62,000 based on current exchange rates.

UPDATE 05/17/13: A fresh batch of photos of Gemballa’s McLaren MP4-12C Spyder have been released. Check it out by clicking on the gallery below!

In the past few weeks, we have seen tons of upgrade packages for the McLaren MP4-12C and the 2013 Geneva Motor Show will bring another one. This time the package is from Fab Design and it is simply called Chimera.

In developing the new package, Fab Design focused on improving aerodynamic efficiency and weight optimization. As a result, the package starts with a new sporty front spoiler made from carbon fiber and an innovative wind splitter on top of the hood. The tuner continues with four-component side skirts made from carbon fiber, new air intakes also in carbon fiber and for the rear, a new apron and diffuser made of the same material.

Aesthetics are great, but performance is where the real fun is and Fab Designs scratched that itch just a little bit with a new exhaust system that features triple-flow end pipes. This exhaust system frees up an additional 15 from the already powerful engine.

If you are interested, this upgrade will cost you a total of €16,900 (around $23,000 at the current exchange rates).

Along with the exterior package, Chimera also receives a set of ultra-light wheels, sized 9.0-by-20 inches up front and 10.5-by-21 inches at the rear. These wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

For the interior, the tuner is offering numerous elements in orange-colored carbon and decorative orange stitching.

Noted auto journalist Chris Harris recently got an invitation from Codemasters — the fine folks behind the racing game series, GRID — to give the game a virtual test. This isn’t any old test either, as it pits Harris against McLaren test driver Mat Jackson in a race at Brands Hatch in the virtual UK.

In the virtual race, Harris struggles to keep up with the more experienced Jackson and voices his displeasure to one of the game’s developers. After a few tips and pointers on how to get more out of his MP4-12C , Harris proceeds to catch up to Jackson, overtake him and then beat him to the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins.

Apparently, the whole point of the series of teasers is for Codemasters to display the kind of real-life instructions you can put to use in the virtual racing game. Quite frankly, we don’t get the idea of the whole thing, given the fact that the GRID series has always been a game that put hardcore racing as its main selling point. In any case, the video’s pretty interesting if you’re a fan of the GRID franchise.

Harris’ involvement in these teasers also appear to be of the multi-part variety, which means that we can expect to see more of these teasers in the coming weeks as Codemasters prepares for the release of “GRID 2 Effect” this summer.

Do you remember the McLaren MP4-12C Terso tuning package Fab Design announced last year? The same treatment has also been applied to the Spyder version and the result is equally impressive. The model, which is officially called the Terso Japan Limited Edition, was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon and will be limited to only 10 units.

Just like with the Terso Coupe, the new Spyder version receives a pretty impressive aerodynamic kit and some amazing updates under the hood. For the exterior, the tuner adds a new front skirt with larger air intakes, new side skirts, redesigned side air intakes, a new rear bumper, a new diffuser and a rear spoiler.

The car sits on a set of 20-inch, three-part forged wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP SportMaxx tires. For the interior, Fab offers their customers the possibility to choose between a wide range of leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber and aluminum.

Under the hood, Fab applied the same treatment as they did in the coupe, as they have installed a new in-house stainless-steel sports exhaust and a three-chamber carbon tailpipe. The end result is a total of 680 horsepower and a peak torque of 527 pound-feet. The 0-to-60 mph sprint now takes just 3 seconds and the top speed goes up to an impressive 213 mph.


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