Add McLaren to the growing list of automakers that are celebrating their anniversary this year.
The British automaker has been mum about their plans, but now that every other automaker has unfurled their respective anniversary plans, McLaren has finally announced their own anniversary plans 50 years after founder Bruce McLaren started a company that has since reinvented the supercar genre.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, McLaren will use a 50th anniversary logo on everything from their merchandise all the way to the new MP4-28 Formula 1 race car.
It’s certainly worth noting that McLaren has a lot to celebrate about, considering the trail they’ve blazed in the supercar world. Whether it’s through exotics or even the world of motorsports, the British automaker has made the kind of emphatic stamp in the industry only a few can claim to have matched.
And as Ron Dennis, McLaren’s executive chairman, eloquently puts it, "This is a book that’s still being written...and that, perhaps, is the greatest legacy of McLaren."
We’ve already seen this song and dance twice before - one that made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and the other was an art car take late last year - and to be honest, we wouldn’t mind if they made an entire album out of it.
The latest one isn’t all too different from the package we saw from the two earlier versions, except for the distinctive blue body finish with matching black accents. The body kit is still there, which includes a large front splitter, wheel arch-forced ventilations, new side skirts, a roof duct, and a larger rear wing. A new rear fender was also installed, along with a new diffuser, side pods, a triple exhaust system, and a set of 21-inch wheels.
The interior is fancily dressed up, too, unless you count the prevalent use of carbon, leather, and Alcantara to go with all the other niceties the cabin as run-of-the-mill.
All in all, the MemoR 12C program will set you back €95,000 ($130,000), plus tax. We know that the program costs more than just a pretty penny, but if you can make your MP4-12C to look like this, it’s a cost definitely worth incurring.
The MP4-12C GT3 scored some impressive results during the 2012 racing season: 19 victories and an additional 19 podium finishes from a total of 98 race events it competed in. So it’s no wonder why McLaren decided to offer an updated version of the GT3 for the 2013 racing season. For the first time ever, the 2013 MP4-12C GT3 will be available for global competition. Teams interested can have it for a total of £325,000 - about $520,000 at the current exchange rates.
For the 2013 racing season, the Mp4-12C GT3 is updated to improve drivability, reliability and efficiency. Updates include a revised aerodynamics package, an upgraded ECU with a revised electrical system and alternative dampers. Customers interested can also order this package as an update for the 2012 racing version.
Updated 01/17/2013: McLaren has just unveiled the full specifications on the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Hit the jump for full details.
Most of you probably know that as of 2012 racing season Lewis Hamilton’s career with McLaren ended and that starting 2013 racing season he will move to Mercedes AMG. As a tribute to his McLaren era and in honor of his birthday, we now present you a compilation with the greatest memories of the Lewis Hamilton-McLaren partnership.
Lewis Hamilton has scored some amazing results in his racing career with McLaren, such as his 2007 win at the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position, in 2008 he won the Australian Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix, and the list could go on like this forever. It’s true he also had a series of incidents, like the most recent one during the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, but his overall performance under the McLaren colors was pretty impressive.
So, kick back and enjoy reliving the moments of one of the more successful partner ships in recent F1 history.
McLaren unveiled the MP4-12C High Sport back in May 2012. It was built using the new McLaren Special Operation Program and is limited to only five units, so the chance to actually find one to buy is pretty rare.
For those of you with the money - $230,000 - one unit has been placed on the Dimmitt Automotive Group showroom in Pinellas Park, Florida by Dmitrii Osipovskii. We are not sure if the model was brought there just to show off, or if it actually for sale, but still the video is another reminder on what an amazing car the MP4-12C HS is.
When compared to a standard model, the HS version received a new rear bumper with rear vents inspired from the MP4-12C GT3 race car, an extended diffuser, and a modified active rear wing. Under the hood the engine delivers an extra 75 horsepower.
The folks over McLaren Newport Beach are quite famous for their exclusive M4-12C supercar. After they have developed an awesome chrome 12C, they have decided it is time to do something extreme and unique again. And they achieved this with an MP4-12C featuring the infamous Gulf Racing theme.
You have to admit that the Gulf Blue paint scheme fits perfectly and makes the MP4-12C looking even more aggressive. It’s true the paint scheme looks a little bit brighter than the original Gulf paint schemes we saw back in the 1970s, but it will still turn some heads.
We are not too sure the price McLaren NB is asking for this supercar, but still it will be a nice addition to your garage. The car keeps the usual 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine producing a mouth-watering 592 horsepower at 7,000rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm. That’s enough power to sprint the car up to an impressive top speed of 207 mph.
German aftermarket specialist RevoZport recently revealed their new "Rezonance" program for the Mercedes ML63 AMG. Turns out, RevoZport has a number of other programs in the oven, beginning with the McLaren MP4-12C "RHZ".
Though it’s still on its way to completion - the RHZ program will still receive an add-on lip spoiler, a side skirt, a complete rear air tunnel, and perhaps an engine upgrade? - RevoZport does have a new and complete front bumper replacement that comes with new honeycomb plastic grills and finished in gloss and primer.. The bumper itself only weighs a paltry 3kg, thanks to a meticulous dry vacuumed process that RevoZport subjected it to.
The result is an MP4-12C that not only carries a far sportier and more aggressive look, but also serves the purpose of increasing the car’s downforce. with dry vacuumed process, this carbon fibre bumper only weigh approx. 3kg and gives the MP4-12C a much higher downforce and aggressive look.
We’re expecting more components, and possibly an engine mod kit, to be part of RevoZport’s RHZ program for the MP4-12C. For now, though, it’s the new front bumper, which retails for a pretty expensive $7,900.
Although you probably won’t get these products in time for the holidays - or maybe you can with expedited shipping - McLaren’s recently launched eStore has come out with a range of new products that make for some pretty sweet Christmas gifts.
There are a multitude of accessories, including carbon fiber luggages, a leather wallet and card holder that have been finished in carbon fibre weave-effect leather with McLaren orange stitching, and yes, even key chains, gloves, clothing, caps, and jackets.
But the unquestioned highlight of the new line is the Tag Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph, a collaborative effort between long-standing partners McLaren and Tag Heuer. The special edition timepiece will be limited to only 1,000 pieces and takes direct inspiration from the high performance 12C sports car after which it is named.
The new Chronograph reflects the new sports car in colour, materials and design. The watch’s dials are made in carbon fiber and were inspired by the MP4-12C’s carbon fiber chassis, while the sapphire crystal inserts reveal the movement behind the watch face.
Of course this exclusive watch comes with a huge price: £8950 - or about $14,500 at the current exchange rates.
After unveiling the P1 Concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, McLaren presented the production version at a private event in New York City. According to McLaren, the model that was shown in New York is "97% of the car that you will be able to order."
The only thing that we will be added are some "vents to the bumper to get some of the warm air from the radiator coming out from the side," McLaren added.
Likewise, the mesh grille will also be replaced by a tighter version while the front bumper and rear grille will also be slightly updated.
McLaren said nothing about the car’s powertrain, but it has been rumored that we will see a 5.0-liter V8 engine that will produce an output of about 800 horsepower mated to a Graziano seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, from 0 to 100 mph in 5.5 seconds, and 0-200 mph in just 20 seconds. However, such impressive performance numbers won’t come cheap: it is believed the P1 will be priced at about $1 million.
If you’re an athlete or a celebrity, it’s a given that you get the perks that ordinary people don’t have access to. In some cases, those perks extend to the auto industry, as cyclist Mark Cavendish will attest to.
Considered as the most successful sprinter in the history of the Tour de France, Cavendish certainly knows about going from Point A to Point B in a hurry. As such, British supercar maker McLaren bestowed the kind of unique honor to the British cyclist that we normal folks can only dream about.
They named a brand new color for the MP4-12C after him.
As part of McLaren Special Operations, the new color is called "Cavendish Green,” a color inspired by the jersey worn by the points leader on each stage of the Tour de France — one that Cavendish has worn on numerous occasions. The satin green finish that is "Cavendish Green" was wrapped on a special one-off MP4-12C by MSO, McLaren’s very own bespoke supercar customization program.
To create a truly unique look for the MP4-12C, the supercar’s body was also finished with a subtle metallic green flake, creating a striking look on the British supercar that definitely speaks to its uniqueness.
“To celebrate Mark’s green jersey accolade, ‘Jersey Green spheres’ were added to the satin finish," explained Paul Mackenzie, Head of McLaren Special Operations. "These only become visible in direct sunlight to give a very subtle touch, inspired by Mark’s fantastic win.”
It’s one thing to have a brand like McLaren create a color in honor of you, but it’s another thing to have them name it for you.