But the 12C’s popularity is unmistakable and undeniable, and in time for its 50th anniversary celebration, the British automaker built the 3,000th 12C supercar .
The 3,000th car is actually a Volcano Yellow 12C Spider , which was paraded around the company headquarters by McLaren Mercedes F1 driver Sergio Perez. It’s a tremendous achievement for such a young model, but it also proves that in the 50 years since Bruce McLaren first incorporated Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited on September 2, 1963, the company has risen to heights that very few of its contemporaries can brag about.
It’s been a pillar of Formula One since 1966, having won 182 races together with 43 wins in the North American CanAm series, three Indy 500 championships, and a 24 Hours of Le Mans win on its first attempt in 1995.
Since 1993, McLaren has also been credited with building some of the fastest and most powerful road cars in the world. Beginning with the F1, all the way to the MP4-12C, and the P1, the British company has become one of the standard bearers in the supercar market.
Not too shabby for a brand that’s younger than most of its competitors.
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