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McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

Posted on by Ciprian Florea  

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
Posted on by Christian Moe +  

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.

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Source: Autocar UK
Posted on by Tushar  

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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Posted on by Simona  

Bad Dream: The New 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from Jeffrey Hart on Vimeo.

According to the dictionary, dreams a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. We know what people dream about when they sleep, but what about cars, what do they dream about when fall asleep? Do they dream about happy things or do they have nightmares?

According to Jeffrey Hart, a McLaren MP4-12C has the strangest nightmare while asleep. So, what does it dream about? Its competition of course: the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

In its dream the new Stingray revs its engine, pushes the road to the limit and shows what it is capable of, making the MP4-12C all sweet and scary. The idea behind the commercial is: "the official car of their nightmares is the car of your dreams." We have to admit it is quite an interesting idea and makes the commercial very cool.

Posted on by Tushar  

Dubai is an oasis of hyper-expensive lifestyle in the middle of the Arabian desert. It is home to the tallest building in the world and the most expensive hotel suite, I would guess. Anyway, what this Emirate is also famous for, is its police squad. Renowned for its collection of supercars, the Dubai police certainly need them especially when there are so many privately owned high performance machines around.

Now, to keep a check on the ever growing population of millionaires and their supercars, the Dubai police have added a new squad car to their line-up. Dubai PD have taken delivery of a McLaren MP4-12C . So, if you have a need for speed, the 12C is the last thing you want to see in your rear view mirror.

Much to the relief of supercar owners in the region, the Dubai police use their supercars for promotional purposes and not to chase speeding boy racers. Like all the other cars in the squad, the MP4-12C gets the famous Dubai PD green livery over white base.

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

Posted on by Simona  

Maybe you did not expect it, but the MCLaren MP4-12C received lots of upgrades from the tuners all over the world. This attention is not because the 12C lacks power or looks from factory, but because there are some people out there who think even the best think can be even better.

DMC is known for taking the best supercars to a whole new lever, and it did the same with the MP4-12C by updating the 3.8-liter, V-8 engine to numbers beyond its stock 592 horsepower (2012 model year specification). DMC started with an ECU performance package and a new titanium exhaust system that increases the final output to 660 horsepower.

Along with the extra power, DMC also equipped the new 12C Velocita SE with an aggressive body kit that fits perfectly with the new black paint.

On the inside, the tuner offers its clients the ability to express their individuality, so they can choose from a very wide list of carbon, wood, leather or Alcantara.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Velocita SE by DMC.

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The guys over ThatRacingChannel wanted to see if two European supercar — the McLaren MP4-12C — can take on some of the most modern muscle America has to offer in the 2014 SRT Viper . Why on earth you would want to put two cars that aren’t exactly competitors in a head-to-head competition? Well, the answer is simple: because it’s a whole hell of a lot of fun! And if you have the cars at your disposal, why not?

The SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4-liter, V-10 engine that delivers 640 horsepower at 6,150 rpm and 600 pound-feet of torque at 4,950 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 206 mph. On the other hand, the MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower that allows it to sprint to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.

Check out the video to see which car won the race.


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