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McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

Get your seat belts ready and fasten up, McLaren fans!

The British automaker has released a one-off, race concept that will blow your socks off. The car is called the 12C Can-Am Edition and is based on the MP4-12C GT3 race car . The only difference is that the 12C Can-Am Edition is far and away more powerful than its GT3 cousin.

Set to debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance organized in California, the 12C Can-Am Edition is what happens when you have an automaker as devoted to the meticulous and obsessive pursuit of performance like McLaren put their thinking hats and build a car that’s just way too cool for words.

It’s been dressed in the company’s now iconic McLaren Orange paint scheme, further adding a touch of Woking to its overall appeal. Add that to a boat load of aerodynamic modifications combined with enhanced performance capabilities and it’s easy to surmise exactly why McLaren is taking pride in this one-off race concept.

UPDATE 11/19/12: The McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am Edition is headed to production. How much is it going to cost? Find out after the jump!

Find out more about the McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition after the jump

In an effort to be bigger and badder in the tuning world, some tuners go the way of updating a vehicle that has already been graced with tuning hands once before. Last year, FAB Design unveiled a sleek Terso package based on the McLaren MP4-12C and this year, Japanese tuner, Office-K, has taken a crack at the Terso package to further update its look. Looking at the vehicle before and after Office-K got to work is like checking out the angel before it heads to the dark side. Both cars are exquisite, but the after model has a lot more edge.

The obvious starting point for the Office-K package is the black paint finish for the exterior, as well as the addition of a new rear spoiler, a new front spoiler fitted below the front windscreen, and a new exhaust system with three end pipes. The interior has also been updated with black leather and red accents. The tuner then added crocodile leather on the doors, foot-wells, central armrest, seats, and headliners. There is also a new carbon fiber trim that make the sports coupe look even cooler. The final piece is a new set of three-part forged wheels.

The McLaren MP4-12C Terso by Fab Design was hooked up with an engine upgrade that netted the V8 680 HP. This boost in power left it with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 3 seconds to go with a top speed of 213 mph. As of right now, we are unaware of any other changes to the McLaren ’s engine from Office-K, but the previous engine upgrade is certainly enough for just about any MP4-12C owner.

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While we are all waiting for the official GoldRush Rally 4 video, we can bide our time by enjoying the trailer video of the event that offers us a first preview of the highlights to be featured in the rally.

As you can see from this trailer video, the rally brought together some of the coolest supercars out there, including models like the Bugatti Veyron and the McLaren MP4-12C .

This year’s GoldRush Rally was held from June 9th to June 16th, and cars had to travel from the West to the East Coast, going from Los Angeles, to Phoenix, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and finally arriving in Miami. The rally was the equivalent of eight days of breathtaking routes, five star accommodations, and VIP entertainment throughout the scheduled and programmed tour.

The highlights of the rally are amazing, so we can only imagine what the full video will be like!


McLaren is making its way back into the GT sports car racing scene with a limited number of GT3 racing cars based on the MP4-12C sports car. These models will be designed and developed by McLaren and CRS Racing, and should make their first racing debut in the 2012 European FIA GT3 Series.

"The 12C’s architecture and design was always aimed at high-performance and ease of maintenance - two key criteria for potential customers. Combine that with the vast amount of racing experience in our automotive team, and CRS Racing’s specialist development experience, and the 12C GT3 should be an exciting proposition for the top teams planning to race in GT3 from 2012."

McLaren is confident that the MP4-12C’s revolutionary lightweight one-piece moulded carbon chassis, high levels of downforce and aerodynamic performance, and focus on form and function make it an obvious choice to bring back racing success to the McLaren name. The last win McLaren had was in the McLaren F1 GTR when it won the Lemans Series 15 years ago. The MP4-12C GT3 will be the first McLaren car built for FIA GT series racing since the McLaren F1 GTR finished production in 1997.

UPDATE 07/20/2012: McLaren will line-up nine examples of the stunning 12C GT3 on the grid of the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps next weekend, 27-29 July to contest the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The gruelling 24-hour race is the headline event in the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series, and one of the most demanding events on the motorsport calendar.

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After Prestige Cars in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. listed a Rolls Royce phantom-based Pininfarina Hyperion just a couple of months ago, the exotic sports car dealership in one of the world’s richest cities recently listed an extremely rare 2012 McLaren MP4-12C by Mansory for an undisclosed figure.

Unfortunately, no official details about this specific unit have been released, but we can only assume that it’s identical to the ‘stock’ tuned MP4-12C by Mansory. If that’s the case, then it means this specific example features an uprated 3.8-liter V-8 twin-turbocharged engine which has been fitted with a new high-performance exhaust system, new engine-management system, and a brand new sports air filter.

As a result, the MP4-12C by Mansory is said to produce 69HP more than the standard car, lifting horsepower from an already impressive 592hp to 661 horsepower and 498lb-ft of torque. This, consequently, lifts the MP4-12C’s top speed dramatically to 220 mph. That’s an impressive lift of 13mph over the standard car, meaning that the additional aerodynamic work conducted on this tuned example have really helped the car slice through the air at high speed.

As mentioned, no pricing details have been released about the following car, but a price almost double that of the standard MP4-12C wouldn’t surprise us in the slightest.

So, in conclusion, are you prepared to fork over the cash for this technically-impressive, but downright ugly supercar?

Autocar took the new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 out for a spin on the race track. Andrew Frankel takes to the track to sample the raw delights of McLaren ’s endurance racer. Check the video to see what the British magazine things about the famous race car and let us know if you agree with them!

The MP4-12C GT3 is powered by the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 as found in the standard model, but tuned to racing specifications. The engine is mated to a 7-speed SSG dual-clutch Graziano transmission operated by a bespoke paddle-shift system developed specifically for racing.

Compared to the standard MP4-12C , the GT3 version has received a new aerodynamics package in compliance with GT3 regulations, incorporating a new front splitter, door blade, rear wing, diffuser, and louvers in the front fenders.

McLaren MP4-12C Spyder

When Ferrari was putting together the finishing touches on the 458 Italia Spyder, we knew it would just be a matter of time before the rumored MP4-12C Spyder would come to fruition. Finally, we can say that this gorgeous drop-top sports car is getting ready to bust out into the automotive scene. McLaren has just dropped the first teaser image for the second model in its line-up, with a promise that the official details will be released on July 3rd, 2012.

The future McLaren MP4-12C Spider will be built on the same super stiff carbon fiber MonoCell chassis as its hardtop sibling, making it just as dynamic to drive. The model will obviously be offered with a retractable hard-top, but it will still "dial up the sensations experienced, the emotions felt and the noise heard. And true to McLaren’s ethos of offering high performance without compromise, the 12C Spider will be more usable than any car this exciting has a right to be."

Under the hood, McLaren kept the same twin-turbo V8-engine featured in the updated version of the MP4-12C coupe standard MP4-12C : a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 207 mph.


The Goodwood Festival of Speed brings together a number of supercars ever year, and this year, we’ve already collected a number of vehicles that are tackling the hill, including the Pagani Zonda R EVO and the Alpine A110-50 Concept. McLaren is now joining the bunch with a unique MP4-12C GT3 .

This special MP4-12C GT3 will be adorned with a unique livery, which highlights McLaren Group’s support of the "GREAT" campaign launched this year by the Prime Minister’s Office and Department for Culture, Media, and Sport. It is because of this that the GT3 has been named the "Great" Briton and was designed by McLaren Racing’s own graphic design team.

The Great Briton MP4-12C GT3 will be running in Batch 3 of the Hill program on June 29th, June 30th, and July 1st, 2012. Next to this unique GT3, McLaren has also promised to unveil an exciting new version of the recently updated MP4-12C supercar. More details on these two new supercars will be unveiled in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!

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McLaren MP4-12C

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been exactly twelve months since the McLaren MP4-12C went on sale and since McLaren Automotive began its massive worldwide expansion of dealerships and showrooms which now stretches to no fewer than 22 countries across the globe. Yet by some miracle, the past 12 months have flown by.

When compared to its main competitor, Ferrari, having dealerships in 22 countries may not sound very impressive but when you consider that all of this has been achieved in 12 months, it’s a remarkable achievement.

Additionally, in just 12 months, the English brand has managed to sell 1,000 units of the MP4-12C with more orders coming in by the day. Up to 400 of these units are believed to be heading towards the U.S., so there’s no doubting the fact that American streets will be filled with 12C’s in the coming years.

The McLaren Automotive network now reaches the U.K, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Canada, U.S.A, Monaco, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Germany and France.

While speaking about the matter, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive, Antony Sheriff stated, “This is a proud moment in time for everyone at McLaren where, in only 12 months, the 12C has established itself as one of the most acclaimed high performance sports cars in the world amongst a very discerning customer. From the day that Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button officially opened our very first showroom in London, McLaren is now present in 38 cities in 22 countries across the globe.”

“At the heart of this journey is a single-minded focus on the very highest quality and personal care and support wherever our customers are in the world. That is what our customers expect after they buy the car, and are just as important as a fast lap time”, he concluded.

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With McLaren Automotive ’s massive expansion well under way, the British firm recently entered its 21st global market with the announcement that the brand will be entering the Nordics in the coming months with a new Stockholm dealership and showroom planned to be completed by the end of 2012.

After recently entering the Middle Eastern region , this latest move is yet another brave move by McLaren as it obviously believes that the Nordics should be a productive area for MP4-12C sales, as well as the additional McLaren models planned for the coming years.

Exclusive car specialists, Autoropa will begin selling MP4-12C’s this month prior to the completion of the Stockholm dealership. Autoropa has an illustrious history of dealing with high end exotic sports cars, with it actually being one of the very few authorised service workshops to perform maintenance on the McLaren F1.

“I am very pleased to confirm Autoropa as our Nordic retailer and a key partner in our plans to launch McLaren Automotive and the 12C around the world,” stated Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive’s Managine Director.

“With a rich motor racing heritage, and many sports car enthusiasts, the region will be an influential guide as to our success in Europe. In order to be part of the McLaren family, it is vital that our retail partners understand our business, our prospective customers and the technological innovations at the heart of the 12C. Autoropa was the obvious candidate in this regard and will make the perfect introduction in Sweden and throughout the Nordic region for McLaren Automotive,” he concluded.

Additionally, Fillip Larsson the Managing Director of Autoropa stated, “It is a huge honor to be part of the McLaren Automotive project. There is clearly a lot of excitement and great anticipation from customers for the brand to arrive in the Nordics. As a service partner for the legendary McLaren F1 supercar, I’ve witnessed first-hand the extraordinary level of service which McLaren offers customers. I’m very excited to now be involved in retailing and servicing the breathtaking 12C and the future models from McLaren.’’


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