McLaren continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of a limited edition based on both the 12C and 12C Spider. Each model will be limited to just 50 units and will be sold globally. On the British market the 12C 50 is priced at £196,000 (around $296,000 at the current exchange rates) and the 12C Spider 50 at £215,500 ($325,000).
The two models were designed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects. The new McLaren 50 Edition models will be distinguished by an optimized front bumper from MSO and numerous elements made in carbon fiber.
For the interior, the model adds full leather upgrade and a series of carbon-fiber elements. The models can be ordered only in Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or McLaren Orange and will feature numerous "McLaren 50" logos.
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No, this is not a camouflaged prototype of the McLaren MP4-12C. This is an actual MP4-12C that’s been dressed by McLaren dealer Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut.
So what did they use to dress this up?
Apparently, the vinyl wrap used to decorate this MP4-12C is the same camouflage patterns McLaren uses for its own prototypes. Since Miller Motorcars is a certified McLaren dealer, we’re guessing that they got some sort of blessing from Woking, England to cover this MP4-12C with this camouflaged pattern. The dealer even has a name for it: the Greenwich Special Edition.
It’s also a pre-owned vehicle with some mileage on it, but for the sheer uniqueness of it all, its $259,035 price tag might be a little justified. And if for nothing else, the prospective buyer can take comfort knowing that he’s buying a supercar that’s unique to its own.
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There aren’t very much tuners out there that have put their talents to use on the McLaren MP4-12C, but the gang over at Autodynamica decided to load up the McLaren with all sorts of exterior, interior and, most importantly, performance upgrades.
The tuner started by updating the exterior look of the MP4-12C. For this the coated the lower lip in a sharp gray. Autodynamica then turned its attention to installing a carbon-fiber lower grille bars and side-view mirrors, giving the MP4-12C a more race-inspired look. Under the hood, the customers will get a surprise in the form of a signature from F1 McLaren driver Sergio "Checo" Perez.
Our favorite part of this project, as you can likely guess, is what’s under the hood. Under here, the tuner reprogrammed the ECU and spent an exhausting – no pun intended – 10 hours installing a new Fabspeed X-pipe and high-flow catalytic converters.
After these changes, the super car now turns in an astounding 724 horsepower and 552 pound-feet of torque.
After a tune of this magnitude, you need to add some extra sticky stuff under the car. Autodynamica was happy to oblige with a set of 20- and 21-inch HRE wheels on the front and rear, respectively, wrapped in high-performance rubber.
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2013 marks McLaren’s 50th anniversary and as a celebration of the event, McLaren will showcase a selection of legendary models from the company’s heritage collection at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This lineup will include some of the most famous race and championship-winning models from the brand’s illustrious past, as well as the new 12C Can-Am Edition which was announced last year at the Pebble Beach Concours.
The McLaren race team participated in Can-Am racing throughout the 1960s and 1970s, during which the race team claimed five back-to-back world championships between 1969 and 1974, making it the most successful team in the history of the championship.
With its 630-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the current Can-Am is the most powerful 12C produced to date. It will be produced in strictly limited numbers, as McLaren announced that no more than 30 units will be produced globally.
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The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 can now lay claim to holding the fastest lap ever set at the new Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand.
All it took was a blistering lap time of 1:41.9 with Porsche 911 Cup racer, Craig Baird, behind the wheel.
The Highlands Motorsport Park just opened last month and it certainly kicked off its opening weekend in remarkable fashion with Baird and the MP4-12C providing a lot of the fireworks. In this video, you can check out seven different camera angles of the record-setting lap, complete with remarkable camera work on both the exterior and interior of the car.
We’re pretty confident that, at some point, another car will be able to hold the lap record at Highlands Motorsport Park. But for now, it’s the McLaren MP4-12C GT3’s turn up the record books and if you’re part of Highlands management, you couldn’t have picked a better super car/racecar to become the inaugural record holder of the fastest lap on your track.
The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most eagerly anticipated auto shows in the world. It doesn’t have the usual expo-like feel attached to other auto shows, but it’s appeal is centered on the fact that only the most exclusive of cars are present in the event.
That and the Goodwood Hill Climb.
Ahead of the public opening of the festival this July, the annual preview day was recently held and one exotic, in particular, made quite an impression: the McLaren MP4-12C GT Can-Am Edition.
Courtesy of Shmee150, the MP4-12C CT Can-Am Edition can be seen performing some ridiculous acceleration runs to complement a steady diet of burnouts performed up the event’s famous hill climb road.
One of the most exclusive MP4-12Cs in existence, the 30-strong GT Can-Am Edition is a true spectacle of the British automaker’s renowned engineering.
Seeing it perform runs like this only adds more credence to its power, speed, and overall exclusivity.
The guys over Drag Times magazine had the chance to take a McLaren MP4-12C supercar to the Palm Beach International Raceway for some quarter-mile testing. The car tested was a 2013 model year that delivers a total of 616 horsepower and comes equipped with reprogrammed transmission logic.
The model also features carbon-ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust system and super-light wheels, which help deliver a total weight of just 3,118 pounds when fuel tank was just a quarter full. All these updates dropped a weight-to-power ratio to 5.06 pounds per horsepower.
The results were pretty amazing, as the 12C ran the 1/4-mile in 10.55 seconds at a speed of 134.56 mph. These numbers make the MP4-12C faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, but also the second fastest-stock production car in the world, after the Bugatti Veyron. We are just waiting for some official confirmations from McLaren before getting too excited.
The new McLaren 12C Spider is now officially on sale in North America, and, to mark the event, McLaren has unveiled a short film shot at the Loveland Pass in Colorado. With Rhys Millen behind the wheel, the 12C Spider had to challenge professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics.
Rhys Millen is the current overall record holder for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, so you can imagine that driving the 12C Spider in Loveland — the highest mountain pass in the world — was like an everyday play for him. On the other hand, Chanelle Sladics is a professional snowboarder and she competed eight times at the Winter X-Games. She also had the advantage of taking the most direct route across the snow covered landscape, so who will win this competition? Just watch the video to find out!
The 12C Spider driven in this video was equipped with a "Winter" powertrain setting that sets all electronic support systems to a maximum intervention level, with gearshift strategy and torque control optimized to limit any loss of traction.
Unlike some of the dedicated tuners in the industry today, Vorsteiner is one of those that’ll develop a program for any car it deems worthy of its time.
Well, the McLaren MP4-12C is as worthy as any vehicle Vorsteiner has ever worked on.
So, Vorsteiner has a program for the “Mac-daddy,” and it’s calling it the MP4-12V. The full package has yet to be revealed but a couple of photos of the program appear to suggest the direction the tuner is going.
There are plenty of extra components added to the MP4-12C, including what appears to be a P1-inspired front bumper, complete with a large splitter and air vents. There are also new side skirts, a set of Vorsteiner wheels and what looks like a small boot-lid spoiler. On the back, the carbon-fiber add-ons include a new rear bumper with its own huge rear diffuser and a subtle rear wing.
All in all, it’s a pretty decent program with some P1 flavor mixed in. Maybe Vorsteiner has a performance tune in the oven? Who knows, but we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing one.
Back in late January, FAB Design surprised the Tokyo Auto Salon with the unveiling of its new program for the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder. Following in the veins of last year’s program for the coupe version, FAB Design went about and called this one "Terso", although as a Japan-exclusive model that was limited to only 10 units, that model came to be completely known as the MP4-12C Spyder Terso Japan Limited Edition.
Fast forward to the Geneva Motor Show and FAB Design has officially taken the covers off of the "regular" Terso program for the roofless McLaren supercar.
Similar to last year’s Terso program for the coupe version of the MP4-12C, this version comes chock-full with new aerodynamic components that include: a wider front and rear wings, new side skirts, enlarged air intakes in the front spoiler and a humongous diffuser just under the new rear spoiler.
The new FAB sport exhaust system plays a huge role in increasing the MP4-12C Spyder’s output to about 630 horsepower, 15 more than the standard output of the British supercar.
A set of 20-inch ultra-light, three-piece forged EvoLution wheels were fitted into the car and wrapped in a new set of Dunlop tires.
Diving into the interior, you’ll notice that FAB Design went to great lengths to ensure that the MP4-12C Spyer’s interior was treated to only the finest of materials. The new sport seats and the "ergonomically designed" sports steering wheel both received fine-upholstered leather while the aluminum pedal system sparkles in the foot-well also received its share of the upgrades.