McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

The MP4-12C GT3 scored some impressive results during the 2012 racing season: 19 victories and an additional 19 podium finishes from a total of 98 race events it competed in. So it’s no wonder why McLaren decided to offer an updated version of the GT3 for the 2013 racing season. For the first time ever, the 2013 MP4-12C GT3 will be available for global competition. Teams interested can have it for a total of £325,000 - about $520,000 at the current exchange rates.

For the 2013 racing season, the Mp4-12C GT3 is updated to improve drivability, reliability and efficiency. Updates include a revised aerodynamics package, an upgraded ECU with a revised electrical system and alternative dampers. Customers interested can also order this package as an update for the 2012 racing version.

Updated 01/17/2013: McLaren has just unveiled the full specifications on the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Hit the jump for full details.

McLaren unveiled the MP4-12C High Sport back in May 2012. It was built using the new McLaren Special Operation Program and is limited to only five units, so the chance to actually find one to buy is pretty rare.

For those of you with the money - $230,000 - one unit has been placed on the Dimmitt Automotive Group showroom in Pinellas Park, Florida by Dmitrii Osipovskii. We are not sure if the model was brought there just to show off, or if it actually for sale, but still the video is another reminder on what an amazing car the MP4-12C HS is.

When compared to a standard model, the HS version received a new rear bumper with rear vents inspired from the MP4-12C GT3 race car, an extended diffuser, and a modified active rear wing. Under the hood the engine delivers an extra 75 horsepower.

The folks over McLaren Newport Beach are quite famous for their exclusive M4-12C supercar. After they have developed an awesome chrome 12C , they have decided it is time to do something extreme and unique again. And they achieved this with an MP4-12C featuring the infamous Gulf Racing theme.

You have to admit that the Gulf Blue paint scheme fits perfectly and makes the MP4-12C looking even more aggressive. It’s true the paint scheme looks a little bit brighter than the original Gulf paint schemes we saw back in the 1970s, but it will still turn some heads.

We are not too sure the price McLaren NB is asking for this supercar, but still it will be a nice addition to your garage. The car keeps the usual 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine producing a mouth-watering 592 horsepower at 7,000rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm. That’s enough power to sprint the car up to an impressive top speed of 207 mph.

Source: McLaren NB

German aftermarket specialist RevoZport recently revealed their new "Rezonance " program for the Mercedes ML63 AMG . Turns out, RevoZport has a number of other programs in the oven, beginning with the McLaren MP4-12C "RHZ".

Though it’s still on its way to completion - the RHZ program will still receive an add-on lip spoiler, a side skirt, a complete rear air tunnel, and perhaps an engine upgrade? - RevoZport does have a new and complete front bumper replacement that comes with new honeycomb plastic grills and finished in gloss and primer.. The bumper itself only weighs a paltry 3kg, thanks to a meticulous dry vacuumed process that RevoZport subjected it to.

The result is an MP4-12C that not only carries a far sportier and more aggressive look, but also serves the purpose of increasing the car’s downforce. with dry vacuumed process, this carbon fibre bumper only weigh approx. 3kg and gives the MP4-12C a much higher downforce and aggressive look.

We’re expecting more components, and possibly an engine mod kit, to be part of RevoZport’s RHZ program for the MP4-12C. For now, though, it’s the new front bumper, which retails for a pretty expensive $7,900.

Although you probably won’t get these products in time for the holidays - or maybe you can with expedited shipping - McLaren’s recently launched eStore has come out with a range of new products that make for some pretty sweet Christmas gifts.

There are a multitude of accessories, including carbon fiber luggages, a leather wallet and card holder that have been finished in carbon fibre weave-effect leather with McLaren orange stitching, and yes, even key chains, gloves, clothing, caps, and jackets.

But the unquestioned highlight of the new line is the Tag Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph, a collaborative effort between long-standing partners McLaren and Tag Heuer. The special edition timepiece will be limited to only 1,000 pieces and takes direct inspiration from the high performance 12C sports car after which it is named.

The new Chronograph reflects the new sports car in colour, materials and design. The watch’s dials are made in carbon fiber and were inspired by the MP4-12C’s carbon fiber chassis, while the sapphire crystal inserts reveal the movement behind the watch face.

Of course this exclusive watch comes with a huge price: £8950 - or about $14,500 at the current exchange rates.

If you’re an athlete or a celebrity, it’s a given that you get the perks that ordinary people don’t have access to. In some cases, those perks extend to the auto industry, as cyclist Mark Cavendish will attest to.

Considered as the most successful sprinter in the history of the Tour de France, Cavendish certainly knows about going from Point A to Point B in a hurry. As such, British supercar maker McLaren bestowed the kind of unique honor to the British cyclist that we normal folks can only dream about.

They named a brand new color for the MP4-12C after him.

As part of McLaren Special Operations, the new color is called "Cavendish Green,” a color inspired by the jersey worn by the points leader on each stage of the Tour de France — one that Cavendish has worn on numerous occasions. The satin green finish that is "Cavendish Green" was wrapped on a special one-off MP4-12C by MSO, McLaren’s very own bespoke supercar customization program.

To create a truly unique look for the MP4-12C , the supercar’s body was also finished with a subtle metallic green flake, creating a striking look on the British supercar that definitely speaks to its uniqueness.

“To celebrate Mark’s green jersey accolade, ‘Jersey Green spheres’ were added to the satin finish," explained Paul Mackenzie, Head of McLaren Special Operations. "These only become visible in direct sunlight to give a very subtle touch, inspired by Mark’s fantastic win.”

It’s one thing to have a brand like McLaren create a color in honor of you, but it’s another thing to have them name it for you.

Mark Cavendish is awesome for that reason.

After months and months of spy shots, and a very special teaser, McLaren Automotive has finally unveiled the MP4-12C Spider and boy, was it worth the wait!

Featuring all of the updates recently found on the updated MP4-12C coupe, the Spider promises to take the fight to the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder and help reinvigorate life into the high-performance sports car market.

As you would expect, the MP4-12C Spider is essentially identical to its coupe sibling, meaning it’s also made good use out of the advanced carbon fiber monocoque, tipping the scales at just 165 lbs. Despite the added weight of the electronic systems required to open and close the hardtop, the Spider has only gained 40kg/88 lbs over the coupe, meaning no modifications to the monocoque were needed.

The new MP4-12C Spider is offered with the same engine as the updated version of the MP4-12C Coupe : a 616 HP 3.8-liter V8 twin turbo engine combined with a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. The Spider version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and will hit a top speed of 204 mph (3 mph less than the coupe).

One of the most innovative features of the new 12C Spider is its unique RHT (Retractable Hard Top) folding roof system that may be operated while on the move at speed of up to 19 mph.

Confirmed back in 2009, the new MP4-12C Spyder will be available for sale in 22 countries worldwide. On the British market, it is priced at £195,500, about $300K at the current exchange rates. On the US market, it will be priced at $268,250, which is about $37,250 more than its coupe sibling priced at $231,000

UPDATE 11/22/12: Recently McLaren invited the world’s top auto journalists to Ascari Race Resort in Spain to introduce them to the new McLaren 12CSpider. Of course they had all the fun in the world, and today McLaren has unveiled a pretty cool video shot during the press test days! Enjoy!

UPDATE 12/31/12: The McLaren MP4-12C Spyder officially made its debut in Hong Kong earlier this month. True to its reputation, the British supercar maker decided to introduce their MP4-12C Spyder to the Hong Kong faithful in style. Hop on over after the jump to watch the video!
Hit the jump for more details on the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spyder.

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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition

Remember the Mclaren MP4-12C Can-Am that was premiered at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ? If not, here’s what it is: Engineers and designers at Mclaren had indulged in some experimenting on how to make the MP4-12C an even more exciting track car whilst not being too scary to drive. That experiment turned out to be the orange car you see above. It was given the name Can-Am to pay tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series. It was a one-off design study that Mclaren wanted to show the people at the Concours d’Elegance so that it could get the public approval of producing it. Apparently, McLaren got public approval…

After being successful at stirring the public into approval, Mclaren announced the production of the special edition MP4-12C at a private event held before the 2012 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. For those who want to get their hands on one of these beauties, it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. McLaren’s racing department, Mclaren GT, has clearly stated that it’s going to build only 30 examples of the car, with options for bespoke additions.

Priced at roughly $600,000, it’s significantly pricier than the standard car. Being a special edition that not only pays tribute to one of Mclaren’s milestones but also an opportunity for 30 normal people to experience true racing in cars that were designed for them, it’s a fun toy, provided you have more than half million dollars lying somewhere.

McLaren announced the launch of their Special Operations bespoke division in 2011, which provides their customers with any and all possibilities of customizing the MP4-12C of their dreams. Now the company is using their Middle East division to unveil a one-off MP4-12C Volcano Orange Edition that previews some of the updates offered for the 2013 MP4-12C and the recently launched 12C Spider .

This one-off MP4-12C is painted in a hot Volcano Orange with contrasting carbon fiber highlights. Carbon fiber was used for the restyled bumpers, the tailor-made bonnet, the air vents, and the rear deck, while the GT3-style rear bumper is painted in gloss black.

For the interior, McLaren has opted for Alcantara with contrasting Volcano Orange stitching, and nickel plated interior switches and steering wheel spokes. Carbon fiber was used for the gear shift paddles, center console, and air conditioning control console, as well as on the center logo of the steering wheel.

McLaren Special Operations Head of Sales, Marcus Korbach commented: "The response to our personalization services from Middle East customers has been incredibly exciting. Customers who fit bespoke content to their cars in the Middle East region are spending on average three times more than customers in other regions around the world in which McLaren Automotive operates, this gives us the opportunity to really demonstrate the capabilities of McLaren Special Operations."

German tuner Hamann has been known for some pretty eclectic and outlandish projects. But no matter what kind of expectations we have for those guys, we were still caught off guard when photos of a McLaren MP4-12C Art Car popped up on their Facebook page.

We’ve since found out details regarding this MP4-12C Art Car and as it turns out, it’s actually based on the MP4-12C program they first introduced last March. Remember the MemoR that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year?

That one carried a pretty ill aesthetic and aerodynamic program despite not having any performance improvements to it. This one, though, takes the aesthetics to a whole new level. It’s described as a "magnificent haute couture," a description that pays ode to its flashy, multi-color body that has been combined with an aerodynamic body kit that draws inspiration from the McLaren F1. There’s a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights, a front splitter, a roof-mounted air intake, revised side skirts, an extended diffuser, a prominent rear wing and new set of 21" aluminum wheels.

Unlike other Art Cars that were mostly built for display, this MP4-12C MemoR Art Car’s styling kit is actually for sale. Hold on to your seats, though, because the kit has a sticker tag of €95,000, which is over $123,000 based on current exchange rates. And that doesn’t even come with any performance improvements!

Then again, if your MP4-12C looks like this, you won’t have trouble catching a ton of attention.

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