McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

The guys over at Road And Track always seem to have their hands full of the biggest and best sports cars currently on the market, and their latest tests brings out the best of Italy, Britain, and the US of A. These guys hit Spring Mountain’s Radical Loop with the Ferrari 458 Italia , the McLaren MP4-12C , and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 .

The least powerful model of the group is the 458 Italia, which is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP. Then comes the MP4-12C, which is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing a total of 616 HP (for the 2013 model year). Finally, there is the top notch Corvette, the ZR1, which is the most powerful with a 6.2-liter LS9 aluminum block V8 engine that delivers a total of 638 HP.

So, which of the three models made the best impression during the test drive? Watch the video and find out!

When McLaren launched their Special Operations program last year, it opened the doors for its clientele to tap into the company’s new vehicle customization program.

Since then, a number of Mclaren supercars have been born from this program, including the MP4-12C High Sport and, most recently, the X-1 . Now it looks like there’s another one being cooked up.

Our friends over at Jalopnik managed to get brochure images of another project car from Mclaren’s Special Operations, an exclusive supercar that has been christened "Project Alpha." Unlike the X-1 and it’s one-off status, Project Alpha will comprise of six special edition MP4-12Cs that have been designed with a number of distinctive aerodynamic modifications.

The images point to these modifications, which include a Gloss Black front splitter, louvered front rear wings similar to the High Sport models, a Gloss Black roof, a Gloss Black painted rear deck, carbon fiber rear fender vents, Gloss Black GT3 bumpers, and a set of lightweight Gloss Black diamond cut rims.

Meanwhile, the interior of the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs appears to include a carbon fiber steering wheel with Alcantara wheel trips, a black Alcantara cluster cover, and a brushed stainless steel badge depicting the supercar’s chassis number.

According to Jalopnik, the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs will head this way, specifically in Chicago, where six customers are already in line to receive all six models of the limited run supercar. These models will also carry the performance updates of the 2013 cars.

Source: Jalopnik

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) was introduced to the public last year, as the customization arm for the famed supercar builder. Think of it like Mercedes’ AMG without the performance parts. We haven’t heard too much from this arm in the last year, but that is because they have obviously been extremely busy.

“Busy doing what,” you may ask. Well, they were busy taking an MP4-12C and turning it into a one-off machine like no other to ever roam the streets. This new monster is the brain child of one lucky McLaren client and McLaren designer, Hong Yeo.

The client actually came to McLaren three years ago looking for a car that was more unique than the McLaren F1 and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren that he had already owned. The X1, which MLaren has just unveiled at "The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering," is based on the MP4-12C and was imagined as a timeless car with inspiration from multiple items, including: 1961 Facel Vega , a 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra , a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K , a 1971 Citroën SM , the Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao, a Jaeger LeCoultre art deco clock, an Airstream trailer, a Thomas Mann Montblanc pen, a grand piano, and an eggplant

That’s a huge list of inspirations, but when you look at the X-1, you can actually visualize where each piece may have gained its inspiration. Well, except for whichever piece was inspired by the Jaeger LeCoultre art deco clock and the Thomas Mann Montblanc pen, as we have no clue which clock or pen inspired it.

To have a good look at this wild X-1 and read our review on it, click past the jump.

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.

Source: GT Spirit

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.


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