McLaren is preparing to unveil the concept version of the P1 supercar at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, with the production version arriving sometime in 2013. That being said, it looks as though the concept will be an almost exact representation of the production model, at least according to these leaked patent drawings of the 2013 P1.
As you can see from these images, the production version P1 will feature minimal changes when compared to the concept that will be displayed in Paris. The only differences we see are the additional intakes placed ahead of the front wheels and the new additions at the rear of the car, consisting of a new rear diffuser, modified tail-lights, and a huge retractable rear spoiler that will most likely help deliver improved aerodynamics.
Under the hood, the P1 is rumored to get a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine combined with a KERS energy storage system for a total output of 800 HP. McLaren already announced that the P1 is not aiming to be the fastest car in the world, so we do not expect to see the same performance numbers as seen on its predecessor, the F1. McLaren just hopes to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit.
We envy the people of Singapore sometimes, specifically in terms of how they get exclusive special edition super cars in their country. We’ve already seen the Lamborghini Gallardo Singapore Edition, and that was pretty mind-blowing. However, at the Singapore Grand Prix, British automaker McLaren is dropping their own exclusive MP4-12C. It’s called the Fire Black Singapore Edition and it is hot!
Only three of these babies will be built, each coming with a special Fire Black base color that has been complemented by Rocket Red highlights and silver pinstripes. The color combination is absolutely stunning, and the matching interior was built to put the colors of McLaren’s Formula 1 car into the exclusive MP4-12C.
The aggressive body kit also plays into the super car’s overall appeal, The front and rear bumpers, in particular, add a fiercer profile to the car while the set of lightweight rims are the perfect fit for a car of this stature.
Needless to say, these three MP4-12C Fire Black Singapore Edition models won’t come cheap. Two have already been spoken for, so if you want to score the last available model, be ready to drop $1.28 million.
The Windsor Castle Concours d’Elegance is an event sponsored by Bentley that no one really pays much attention to. In fact, it just took place on September 7th-9th and there wasn’t that much buzz about it at all. That being said, it looks like the show brought together some of the most impressive supercars currently available on the market.
One of these supercars is a McLaren MP4-12C, but it was no standard McLaren. This was a "special" MP4-12C that received a nose job from McLaren’s Special Operations division. Apparently, a number of clients were asking for more aggressive styling and so the company decided to give them what they were asking for.
The new nose was inspired by the exclusive High Sport version and includes a new color-coded front bumper made of carbon fiber with a carbon-Kevlar lower lip. McLaren also added revised vents and aerodynamic elements to replace the tire spoilers on the stock unit.
These new elements can either be ordered from the factory or installed on the already existing models upon the customer’s request. Price? Hasn’t even been announced yet.
The Paris Auto Show is just around the corner, and so is the official debut of the new McLaren P12 supercar (also known as the P1). With two weeks left of waiting time, McLaren has softened the blow by bringing out the first teaser image of the vehicle called "McLaren vs Aerodynamics - The Next Chapter." This video will provide helpful details in the appearance of the future super car, but you have to watch closely to see them.
As a reminder, the next McLaren supercar will be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engined combined with a KERS system for a total output of about 1000 HP.
The official debut of the McLaren P12 will be made on September 27th at the Paris Auto Show. However, the supercar we’ll see in Paris is just a concept; the production version is set to arrive in 2013.
At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren announced their new customization program: the McLaren Exclusive. Their first project was a very cool MP4-12C that featured a custom Satin Orange paint finish and a slew of aerodynamic parts. The second has just been released and is called "Project 8."
McLaren hasn’t officially offered any details on this new project, but Tomirri Photography was invited over by the big wigs to take a few pictures of the new supercar. As you can see, the new Project 8 consists of new design packages for both the new MP4-12C sports car and the old F1 supercar. The two models are being offered with a very cool white exterior paint finish combined with contrasting red accents. The same paint combination was also used for the interior, mixed in with lots of carbon fiber.
We hope McLaren will unveil the official details on this project soon, but until then, enjoy these very cool images of the two supercars!
Initial rumors on the upcoming McLaren F1 successor stated that it would be powered by the same 3.8-liter V8 engine found in the MP4-12C, but modified to deliver an impressive 800 HP. Now, Ferrari’s new Enzo is rumored to deliver somewhere around 1,000 HP, so it would only make sense that the F1 would deliver somewhere around the same power, and that is exactly what new reports are stating.
At the recently concluded Pebble Beach Concours, a very limited number of McLaren enthusiasts had the chance to see the first images of the new supercar - known as the P12. Shortly after this viewing, rumors began floating around that the future F1 successor would produce 1,000 HP. This new output would come from the MP4-12C’s 3.8 liter V8 engine delivering a total of 803 HP, in addition to the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that would tack on another 160 HP, bringing the final output to 963 HP.
The 0 to 60 mph sprint is rumored to be made in 2.8 seconds, which is a little disappointing, as is the top speed which lands in at just 239 mph. For a sticker price of $1,390,000, we definitely would have expected more.
This 19-year old model named Riley Reid has the body to make computer screens melt. Likewise, the McLaren MP4-12C roars like a pristine supercar that’s ready to pounce on anyone daring enough to go up against it. Put these two combustible elements together and you have a pictorial that’s too hot for words.
To be clear, the photos of Reid posing with the MP4-12C aren’t photo-shopped, which means that posterior of hers is completely legitimate. Then there’s the McLaren supercar, which is now headed stateside, providing its American customers an opportunity to enjoy the 3.8-liter V8 bi-turbo aluminum engine it has. It’s got 600 horsepower on tap and 600 Nm of torque with a 0-62 mph time of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
We enjoy quality photos when we see them, and trust us, this spread of Riley Reid and the McLaren MP4-12C is one gallery you wouldn’t want to miss.
Now, just check out the gallery below to refine your "artsy" side.
The new McLaren MP4-12C Spyder made its world debut at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours in California and this was the perfect opportunity for the guys over Drive to shot a pretty impressive video of the new sports roadster.
The video is featuring Chief designer for McLaren Automotive, Frank Stephenson, who is talking about the designing process on the new 12C Spyder, but is also revealing the secret behind the 12C Spider’s yellow paint job - it has to do with Ayrton Senna. He is also explaining why McLaren got inspired by the best automotive designer in the world: mother nature. Just watch the video and you will find out why!
Just like with the coupe, the new 12C Spyder is powered by a 616 HP 3.8-liter V8 twin turbo engine combined with a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. The Spider version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and will hit a top speed of 204 mph.
The guys over at Road And Track always seem to have their hands full of the biggest and best sports cars currently on the market, and their latest tests brings out the best of Italy, Britain, and the US of A. These guys hit Spring Mountain’s Radical Loop with the Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren MP4-12C, and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
The least powerful model of the group is the 458 Italia, which is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP. Then comes the MP4-12C, which is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing a total of 616 HP (for the 2013 model year). Finally, there is the top notch Corvette, the ZR1, which is the most powerful with a 6.2-liter LS9 aluminum block V8 engine that delivers a total of 638 HP.
So, which of the three models made the best impression during the test drive? Watch the video and find out!
Since then, a number of Mclaren supercars have been born from this program, including the MP4-12C High Sport and, most recently, the X-1. Now it looks like there’s another one being cooked up.
Our friends over at Jalopnik managed to get brochure images of another project car from Mclaren’s Special Operations, an exclusive supercar that has been christened "Project Alpha." Unlike the X-1 and it’s one-off status, Project Alpha will comprise of six special edition MP4-12Cs that have been designed with a number of distinctive aerodynamic modifications.
The images point to these modifications, which include a Gloss Black front splitter, louvered front rear wings similar to the High Sport models, a Gloss Black roof, a Gloss Black painted rear deck, carbon fiber rear fender vents, Gloss Black GT3 bumpers, and a set of lightweight Gloss Black diamond cut rims.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs appears to include a carbon fiber steering wheel with Alcantara wheel trips, a black Alcantara cluster cover, and a brushed stainless steel badge depicting the supercar’s chassis number.
According to Jalopnik, the Project Alpha MP4-12Cs will head this way, specifically in Chicago, where six customers are already in line to receive all six models of the limited run supercar. These models will also carry the performance updates of the 2013 cars.