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In the past, the collaboration between Honda and McLaren has brought amazing things to the automotive world, but only in Formula 1 competition. Now the newly renewed F1 partnership between the two looks like may lead to more partnerships that may bear a road-going model.

According to the British magazine AutoCar, McLaren F1 boss Martin Whitmarsh alluded to this possibility when speaking about the "multi-year" cooperation that will start with Honda supplying engine to McLaren Racing in 2015. Whitmarsh’s direct quote was: "Our road car strategy at the moment has no other automotive partner and 
Honda would be a good place 
to collaborate." In auto executive-ese, that translates out to: "Let’s see how this first leg pans out, then we will explore partnering with Honda on a road-going model."

McLaren is currently working on itsP13 sports car and Honda has nothing to do with its development.

So, where can the two vastly different companies find a common interest? Well, that question is pretty easy to answer, given you have kept your finger on the pulse of the automotive world. See, Honda wants to revive its S lineup after the S2000 fizzled away after a a decade of buzzing along at nearly 8,000 rpm to churn out enough power to justify its price tag. Add to that the likelihood that McLaren would love to deliver a lower-priced car to take on the lower-level 911 models or the Boxster S and you have a perfect chance for the two to collaborate on a lower-priced, roadster with plenty of horsepower to tackle a Porsche. Of course, we are simply speculating here...

Click past the jump to read more about Honda - McLaren cooperation between 1988 and 1992.

Source: Autocar
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McLaren 500S

Two days ago, we brought you a series of spy shots that we believe it were images for an upcoming facelift for the MP4-12C . However, there is now rumbling that those were actually of a mule for the upcoming McLarenP13 , which is rumored to arrive in 2014 as a competitor for the Porsche 911 , the new Mercedes GT sports car and the Audi R8 .

According to a McLaren spokesman, via a report from Auto Express , the mule is testing some mechanical parts from the new entry-level model, the P13. Our spy photographers were lucky enough to catch what looks to be the same car near Nurburgring , but unfortunately the weather did not permit much testing. Now the real question is whether this is the P13 mule or a revision to the 12C Spyder, what do you think?

Rumors suggest that the P13 sports car will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C with an output kept close to 500 horsepower.

The model will be priced at about $200k and McLaren hopes to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.

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McLaren unveiled the MP4-12C back in 2011 and it looks like the car is already about to receive its second revision. The first revision took place for the 2013 model year and the changes were very slight. This time around, the changes will likely be a little more noticeable and our our spy photographers caught one of there revised MP4-12C prototypes testing at Nurburgring under camo.

Since this camouflage only hides the car’s front end, we expect to see changes to the front bumper and headlights. Rumors also suggest that McLaren will offer a small power boost for the twin-turbocharged V-8. The current MP4-12C delivers a total of 625 horsepower and we expect to see updated version to deliver somewhere in the 650-horsepower area.

Expect to see the revised MP4-12C unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , with sales to begin shortly after.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-12C.

McLaren recently trooped to Hong Kong to introduce its P1 supercar to arguably one of the most exotic-friendly markets in the world. But in the course of telling the gathered crowd that the P1 would cost HKD$8.9 million (excluding First Registration Tax) - that’s about $1.14 million based on current exchange rates, by the way - the British automaker also brought a special one-off MP4-12C that came straight out of its McLaren Special Operations program.

Similar to past one-off creations out of the customization program, this 12C B&W Edition, was treated to a bevy of modifications, highlighted by a two-tone exterior with a unique white color and gloss black accents. The latter, in fact, was used on the roof, the front splitter, the mirror casings and the wheels.

Additionally, the 12C B&W Edition also had its gloss white paint on both the air vents and the instrument cluster bezel, providing a consistency of color and shade that belies its appearance as a true one-off supercar.

And in case there are any questions regarding how much the 12C B&W Edition is going to cost, McLaren has officially priced it at a tidy HKD$4.68 million, which is just a shade above $600,000 based on current exchange rates.

There’s something to be said for a supercar, even a one-off make like this, to carry such a price tag. But given the exotic climate in a place like Hong Kong, we doubt this piece of handiwork from the McLaren Special Operations program would sit long in the McLaren dealership.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C

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The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed brought together the best supercars in the world this past weekend. One very special model, the McLaren P1 , saw its way up the hill with Former Formula One World Champion Jenson Button behind the wheel.

Button was quite impressed by the amount of power delivered by the P1 and he managed to complete the course in about 53 seconds.

The awesome performance is no surprise, considering the McLaren P1 combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the 12C with a twin-clutch transmission with an embedded electric motor to create a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque at launch. As a result, the P1 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.

Check out the video to see how fun this experience was for Button.

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Should we be surprised about McLaren ’s decision to offer a more powerful version for its new P1 supercar ? We certainly aren’t. Ever since the McLaren revealed the P1, it has been touting an upgraded hybrid system will deliver more than it does in the base version.

Today, our spy photographers caught a very strange P1 prototype testing at Nϋrburgring that It wears "XP2R" lettering and it was marked as a prototype vehicle. Obviously, this is no ordinary P1. Could it be a spiritual successor for the McLaren F1 LM ?

We know very few details on the new P1 XP2R version, but rumbling in the industry indicates that it will deliver more power than the current P1. This current P1uses a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with an electric motor for a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

If this prototype becomes a reality, you can bet that McLaren will build the X2PR in limited numbers. We’ll get back with more details on this special XP2R as soon as we have them. Stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Even after years of being around, the McLaren F1 still deserves the respect of being one of the first modern-day supercars to grace us with its presence.

Everything about the F1 inspires conversation, but this time around, we leave noted auto enthusiast Jay Leno to give us the lowdown on one of the F1’s most important features: its engine.

Professor Leno has his own F1 and it needed a new fuel pump, which made it pretty easy to access its 6.0-liter V-12 engine because, believe it or not, you have to yank out this powerplant to access the pump. In so doing, Leno gives us the lowdown on what makes this particular engine well suited to satisfy the rage of the McLaren supercar and allow it produce all of its 618 horsepower.

Considering that the F1 first made headway 20 years ago, you can make a definite case that the 618 horsepower it produces without any turbochargers is still a benchmark few other vehicles can be proud to say they’ve met these days.

That’s saying a lot, adding only to the mystique of the F1 and its capabilities as a track-capable supercar capable of hitting 62 mph in just over 3 seconds, while hitting a top speed of just a shade under 250 mph - back in 1998.

And to Jay Leno’s credit, his willingness to show us the inner guts of the McLaren F1’s engine is something that’s well appreciated.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren F1

There’s not enough superlative to describe the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder . Every so often, even we get a little lost for words when talking about a supercar of the 12C Spyder’s stature.

That, in a nutshell, has also been the go-to expression with Florida-based tuner Ultimate Auto.

It’s produced some really wicked programs in the past couple of months and the one for the 12C Spyder is about as impressive as it gets. The really cool thing about what Ultimate Auto did to the 12C Spyder is that it gave the supercar some custom enhancements you normally wouldn’t see other tuners even bother getting into.

Not only does it give the supercar a unique look, but it also makes it an undeniable stunner, something Ultimate Auto has prided itself on recently.

And lest we forget, this British rocket also comes with a 3.8-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine combined with a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, allowing it to produce 616 horsepower and sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph.

Click past the jump to read about what Ultimate Auto did to the McLaren 12C Spyder

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McLaren MP4-12C

When McLaren announced the 2013 MC4-12C sports car it also announced a 25-horsepower power boost over the previous year. Now it looks like the same treatment will be applied to the 2014MP4-12C .

The announcement was made by a McLaren engineer during a recent test drive by Jalopnik’s own Travis Okulski. Of course, this was all the info he revealed, as, according to them the level of power is "undetermined at this time." Uh huh…

Until McLaren is good and ready to let out all of the details, we are left to speculate. The 2013 MP4-12C delivers 616 horsepower to its rear wheels and the 2014 P1 puts 727 horses to the pavement,. We suspect that the MP4-12C will split the difference, which would put it at about 672 horsepower. Sounds good to us!

Of course, we could all be crazy and the increase may be just 5 horsepower, but we’ll have to just wait for the guys across the pond to break their silence.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-12C.

Source: Jalopnik
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If you are not impressed with the current McLaren P1 , you should know it could get even more impressive, as the McLaren is considering a full bare-carbon-fiber option. This whole discussion stems from a client who is preparing to buy a P1 and while deciding what options he wanted on his model, he mistakenly believed that McLaren offered a full bare-carbon-fiber option at no cost.

Other companies charge upwards of $150,000 for this option, so how could McLaren pull it off for free? Well, the fact of the matter is that the customer was sadly mistaken, as there is no full bare-carbon-fiber option for the P1, let alone a free one.

When asked about this possibility, McLaren said that the company is indeed considering such an option because many customers have asked for it, but there is no way the company will offer it at no extra cost.

To date, McLaren offers the bare-carbon-fiber option at a no cost for the roof, front bumper section and the sections within the doors. This is likely where the customer became confused.

A final decision on a full-carbon-fiber option will be announced soon, as will the anticipated $100,000-plus price tag.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Source: Cars UK

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