McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

Every now and again we run across some crazy footage of people doing crazy or amazing things with their cars. In this case, it’s both. What you’re about to witness is a rolling start drag race between what looks like a stock McLaren MP4-12C and a modified, second-generation Cadillac CTS-V .

While we don’t have any information on the race nor its participants, the Caddy’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 is obviously massaged into making a touch more than its stock 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Aftermarket wheels and tires further tip off the Caddy’s hidden potential.

The drag race starts off innocently enough with both cars rolling to the start line. At that point, it’s all gas. The GM small-block’s supercharger whines like a baby at midnight as the Caddy crosses the line ahead of the 616-horsepower, $239,400-McLaren supercar .

This race just goes to show you; a little know-how, some good aftermarket parts, and a solid project car can become something unbelievable.

The McLaren MP4-12C may no longer be in production, but the powerful sports car is still popular among enthusiasts. In fact, McLaren is still offering updates for it while, some tuning companies are still getting requests to enhance the 12C’s appearance and powertrain. One such shop is DMC, mostly known for meddling with Italian supercars wearing Ferrari and Lamborghini badges.

Their latest project is dubbed "Velocita" and was crafted for an unnamed Saudi owner who probably thought his MP4-12C was a little bland visually and needed more than the 592 horsepower it came from the factory. As with most DMC creations, the sports car received a unique aerodynamic package, a reupholstered interior, a titanium exhaust system, and a performance tweak to go with the more menacing, race-like looks. Ever dreamed about a 12C GT3 for the road? Well, you might as well take your McLaren to DMC, they’ll know what to do with it.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4 12C "Velocita - Wind Edition" By DMC.

Have you ever wondered what a "winner-stays-on" drag race among the fastest supercars in the world would look like? I’ve been asking the same question too. Then this video created by the SCD TV showed up and well, I finally had a small sample of the answer I was looking for. SCD TV staged a series of drag races featuring some of the world’s finest exotics to find out which among them is the quickest to a quarter mile. The rules were pretty simple: two cars line up and race and the winner moves on and faces another challenger until somebody defeats the incumbent. The process repeats until a winner is eventually crowned. Sounds pretty simple, right?

SCD TV made even more interesting by fielding some pretty gnarly exotics, including a Ford GT 720 Mirage , a Ferrari F40 , a 9ff-tuned Porsche 911 , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and a McLaren P1 .

What’s important is I saw what I’ve been wanting to see for a long time and that’s more than enough for me.

Maybe next time we all get to see more supercars in this battle. Just a thought.

Dubai is a rich country where the word "excess" is thrown completely out of the local vernacular. It’s hard to imagine that as late as three decades ago, Dubai was a barren town with little to nothing to show for it. But today, it’s become a high-class metropolis that has no shortage of wealth and extravagance. And from what we’ve seen in past months, the Dubai Police Force can attest to that, thanks to its lineup of supercars that have been converted into police cruisers.

We saw a lot of them earlier this year when it seemed that there was a new supercar-turned-police-car every week. But it’s only now that we get to see them all together all while talking to the police officers who carry the privilege of driving these exotics on a daily basis.

Department of Transport and Rescue acting director Anas Al Matrooshi gave Vocativ a comprehensive tour of Dubai’s finest police cruisers. If you haven’t seen them before, you need to check them out now.

There’s a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a Ferrari FF , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and one of only seven Aston Martin One-77 models in the world.

In other locations on the planet, that’s a garage for the ultra rich and famous. But in Dubai, those are just police cars.

That’s just how they roll over there.

Source: Vocativ

About two weeks ago. we reported about McLaren ’s decision to pause 12C production to focus on the brand new 650S. Well, it appears that the temporary halt has just become permanent, with the British company revealing that the three-year-old 12C will no longer be built.

The move comes at no surprise, as the newly-launched 650S has proven to be quite popular with customers. Although it’s more expensive than the 12C, the new supercar will keep McLaren busy with an order bank that spans over at least six months.

Although it has stopped producing and taking orders for the MP4-12C , McLaren will continue to work on improvements for the said model. Starting June, 12C drivers will benefit from a free Technology Upgrade that includes a software update and an improved IRIS system.

First up is a new Active Aero software which will enable the car’s Airbrake to detect different driving scenarios and thus improve stability. The second upgrade included in the package is a Drag Reduction System (DRS) mode. Created to enhance high-speed aerodynamics, the DRS mode lowers the rear wing when the 12C is driven at full throttle in a straight line.

Lastly, an improved Android-based IRIS infotainment system will also come with the Technology Upgrade.

In addition, McLaren promises that the reversing camera and the DAB radio introduced on the 650S will be offered to 12C owners at "a special price."

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

The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season is set to open later this month, and at least one team (that’s you, K-PAX Racing) is heading to the season with a supercar contender in the form of the McLaren 12C GT3.

For a team that has established a reputation as one of the series’ most accomplished outfits, K-PAX Racing couldn’t have found a more suitable race car to have in in its garage when the 16-race season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28th through 30th.

The blue-and-gold livery used on the 12C GT3s is all about identifying the cars to K-PAX Racing, and to be honest, they look really good in those colors.

More importantly, this year marks the return of McLaren to North American sports car racing — the first time, the company has a car in a North American race in the past 30 years.

“Ever since our 2007 debut in the World Challenge, we’ve run K-PAX Racing like a business. We expect to go fast and we expect to look sharp — from our cars and pit crew to our tents and trailers,” K-PAX team owner Jim Haughey said.

Evidently, they have the race cars to be serious contenders this season. So get ready; K-PAX Racing’s 12C GT3 is coming to take some names at the Pirelli World Challenge.

Click past the jump to read more about the K-Pax Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

You know McLaren stumbled into a really good thing when it decides to halt production of the 12C because demand for the new 650S called for it. A spokesman for the Woking-based automaker told Pistonheads at the Geneva Motor Show that the company is focusing its attention on the 650S because a bulk of the sales coming into the company is for the brand’s newest supercar .

It’s not a surprising development, especially because the company is still taking orders for the 12C. But McLaren is striking the iron while its hot and right now, the 650S is blazing, partly because its new and partly because it’s ridiculously awesome.

Even more impressive is the demand for the 650S comes at a time when the vehicle is actually £20,000 more expensive than the 12C at £195,000. The company understood the risk in adding more to the supercar’s price, but it did so with the hope that the 650S will be a sales hit among young and rich customers. Judging by its decision to stall production for the 12C to have all hands on deck for the 650S, it was a gamble that’s paying off handsomely.

The arrival of the 650S also gives a clear delineation among the company’s current and future models. With the price of the 650S closer to £200,000, nobody will mistake it for resembling the soon-to-be-unveiled P13 , which is the future entry-level McLaren model.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S

Source: PistonHeads

Saudi Arabia, like so many Middle Eastern countries, is a deeply misunderstood place. More than an area that deals with war, sand or oil, Saudi Arabia is a country filled with culture, history and car enthusiasts.

Drive had gotten word that this amazing place also held one of the greatest driving roads in the world, and they wanted to investigate. They gave a rang to McLaren to see if they could snag some 12C’s for the journey. They also contacted a local; Faisal Bin Laden, a professional driver and the owner of the Saudi Falcons race team. McLaren gave the team a 12C Coupe and a 12C Spyder and they set about on their epic adventure.

The resulting trip has been documented in a nine-minute video. It’s full of exotic metal, true gearheads and astonishing scenery. I don’t want to spoil the video , but all of the Drive team’s well-laid plans were for naught.

If you enjoy seeing exotic metal parading around exotic locations, you owe it to yourself to hit that play button. It’s a trip you won’t soon forget watching.

McLaren MP4-12C

With all the attention the Ferrari 458 Speciale has received since it was introduced late last year, McLaren appears to be itching to build something similar for the McLaren 12C. And before you wonder what the 12C GT Can-Am Edition is for, it’s best to remember that it’s actually more of a race car than a high-powered road supercar .

So Autocar is reporting that a hardcore 12C is in the works and this one will be a direct competitor to the 458 Speciale. That’s just awesome because nothing excites us more than two esteemed premium brands answering each other’s limited-edition exotics with one of their own. That’s like Katy Perry inventing a new dance routine to combat Miley Cyrus’ twerking.

Ok, we’re digressing...

In any case, the rumored "hardcore 12C" is being tipped to carry the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter, V-8 engine as that of the standard 12C. The only difference is that the former will have an improved version of the said powertrain, with performance numbers rumored to hit close to 650 horsepower.

Should those numbers be accurate, that would give the McLaren a significant performance hit compared to the 458 Speciale. It’s also important to point out that the rumored 12C will come with a host of aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades, including a design that will have some influences from the McLaren P1 to go with extensive use of carbon-fiber monocell and enhanced aerodynamic capabilities.

So prepare yourselves for a big year for McLaren. At the very least, Ferrari should be looking out for this rumored high-end 12C because there’s a good chance that the bar will once again be raised in this never-ending game of supercar supremacy.

We’ll be sitting by the couch with the popcorn ready.

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

Source: Autocar UK
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Until recently, the best place to spot supercars was the principality of Monte Carlo on the southern coast of France. Dubai has, in recent years, seen a huge inflow of high-performance sports cars and exclusive hypercars.

So much so that even the local police now roam in their very own high-power crowd pullers. The Dubai police department recently acquired a McLaren MP4-12C , adding to their fleet of Mustangs , Corvettes , Mercedes , Veyrons and Lamborghinis . Just imagine cruising through your local streets and suddenly seeing a Lambo with red and blues flashing behind you — now that’s some scary stuff.

The official video confirming the McLaren MP4-12C being added to the Dubai PD’s fleet is nothing short of glamorous. We still doubt that the Dubai police force will actually use these cars, the MP4 included, for anything besides gratuitous publicity.

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