So many enthusiasts are champing at the bit for the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, but that’s not the only car movie in the game right now. A movie based on the hit video game, Need For Speed, is currently in production and is penciled in for a March 14, 2014 release. According to a picture snapped in Mendocino County, California, it looks like the new movie will feature one of the car’s that impressed the world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show: the McLaren P1.
Along with the P1, the images also reveal a bunch of other great supercars, including the Porsche Cayenne, Ford Mustang, Bugatti Veyron and the Saleen S7.
The 2014 Need For Speed movie tells the story of a young man fresh released from prison. The street racer was framed by a wealthy business associate to join a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
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.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren unveiled the latest addition to its lineup: the new P1 supercar. Now the company announced plans to unveil a new sports car each year. The first to arrive will be a new sports car placed under the current MP4-12C. Codenamed P13 will be a little bit more practical than the 12C; "practical" meaning it will have a trunk, of course.
The new supercar will aim at models like Porsche 911 and will be priced a little under $200k. While no other details have been revealed, it is rumored that the upcoming P13 will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C. We expect an output somewhere in the 500-horsepower area. On the exterior, the model will be featuring design elements seen in the recently unveiled P1 supercar.
The new P13 will arrive in 2014 and McLaren hopes to to sell around 2000 to 2500 units per year globally.
Image Note: The above image is of the MP4-12C, not the P13.
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.
When McLaren was testing the P1 prototypes, it announced that the company will focus on obtaining the best street and track performance, while top speed was left in second place. In an interview at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ron Dennis announced the P1 will smash world records on both the Nürburgring and the Top Gear lap record at Dunsfold.
He claimed that the P1 will lap Nürburgring in under 7 seconds - a very ambitious plan considering the only two models that have managed to obtain this result were the Radical SR8 (6:55) and SR8 LM (6:48). Considering the MP4-12C lapped the famous ring in just 7:28, we presume that all the updates the P1 received are enough to considerably improve the supercar’s lap time.
When it comes about the Top Gear lap record, Dennis announced the lap time will be improved by 10 seconds when compared to the time obtained by the Pagani Huayra.
We are not too sure if these results will really be obtained, but for sure it was an attempt to steal the show back from the LaFerrari.
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.
The new McLaren P1 supercar will make its world debut tomorrow at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but if you were lucky enough to be in Geneva today you could have already seen the P1 displayed on the Geneva floor, much like the lucky and hard-working YouTube user, Shmee150, who managed to shoot this cool video.
As no surprise, the production version remains pretty much identical to the concept car we saw back in 2012. Under the hood, the P1 will combine a revised 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with a low-weight, highly efficient electric motor. This hybrid system will deliver a total of 903 horsepower, which will sprint the P1 from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed electronically limited to 217 mph.
Full details on the new McLaren P1 will be revealed tomorrow during the car’s official debut in Geneva.