McLaren, in cooperation with Xbox, will offer one lucky gamer the possibility to be a passenger in the McLaren P1 supercar at the famous Goodwood Hill course. Along with this, the winner will be part of McLaren’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The contest follows the recent announcement of the McLaren P1 as the cover star for the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 5 game.
Talking about the new contest, Greg Levine, Sales and Marketing Director, McLaren Automotive said: "This is an exciting time for both McLaren and Microsoft, with both brands launching true game-changers on to the market in the shape of the McLaren P1 and Forza Motorsport 5 on the Xbox One. We share key values, employ cutting-edge technologies and both strive to innovate through groundbreaking methods."
To enter the competition, all you have to do is visit www.ForzaMcLarenRide.com, like the page and you will be automatically entered in the competition.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.
Now this is a little embarrassing, wouldn’t you say?
The McLaren P1 was supposed to be the crown jewel of the British automaker; a testament to the ingenuity of the company and manifested in a finely chiseled package.
Well, that was the prevaling thought, at least until the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este when the McLaren P1 mysteriously conked out at the most inopportune of time.
In this video captured by Marchettino, you can see McLaren engineers frantically trying to get the P1 up and running. The exercise, unfortunately, proved to be futile and McLaren was left with little recourse but to tow up in a truck and presumably send it back to Woking.
You can even look a little closer and you might notice that a BMW engineer went in and helped push the car into the where it was going to get craned back inside a trailer.
Talk about getting egg splattered all over your face.
The McLaren P1 made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and now, almost three months later, the first P1 unit finally arrived in the U.S. The first model was spotted at McLaren’s dealership in Newport Beach, California.
The P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine combined 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. With this amount of power the P1 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.
This video is offering you a closer look on the new P1, showing both the exterior and the carbon fiber-wrapped interior cabin - the best look so far.
The P1 is limited to only 375 units, each carrying a price tag of $1.15 million.
With the recent announcement of the impending arrival of the XBox One, McLaren and Turn 10 Studios have made that development much more exciting.
Sure, Forza Motorsport 5 will be launched to coincide with the XBox One. But what really got our attention was the competition that would see the winner be afforded the opportunity to be the first to ride onboard an actual P1 supercar.
Talk about a contest with a prize that’s worth all the trouble. All you need to do is visit the official Facebook competition app page, watch the launch video, which you can see after the jump, and guess the location of the starting grid in the trailer using an embedded map in the app.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it should be. What’s going to be difficult though is the expected number of entries in the competition, making it more difficult for any one of us to score the winning ride. But even if we don’t get the top prize, there’s still that matter of winning a tour of the McLaren Technical Centre as a second prize of a third prize of an "exclusive gift pack".
These past few days were pretty busy at the Wheelsandmore factory. Along with the MC Stradale "Demonoxious" announced earlier today, Wheelsandmore has also unveiled a nice upgrade for the McLaren MP4-12C Spider. Just like with any other upgrade kit it offers, this one offered for the 12C Spider includes exterior and interior updates to go along with a nice output increase.
In fact, Wheelsandmore’s decision to offer an upgrade for the 12C Spider shouldn’t be such a big surprise, considering last year the tuner unveiled the "Toxique Evil" package based on the 12C Coupe.
Most of the tinkering went on under the hood where the tuner performed an ECU update and installed a new exhaust system with freer catalytic convertors. As a result, the engine’s output was increased to a total of 700 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from the standard 616 horsepower and 442 pound-feet.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Spider by Wheelsandmore.
McLaren continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of a limited edition based on both the 12C and 12C Spider. Each model will be limited to just 50 units and will be sold globally. On the British market the 12C 50 is priced at £196,000 (around $296,000 at the current exchange rates) and the 12C Spider 50 at £215,500 ($325,000).
The two models were designed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects. The new McLaren 50 Edition models will be distinguished by an optimized front bumper from MSO and numerous elements made in carbon fiber.
For the interior, the model adds full leather upgrade and a series of carbon-fiber elements. The models can be ordered only in Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or McLaren Orange and will feature numerous "McLaren 50" logos.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C and 12C Spider 50 Limited Editions.
The current lap record for a road-legal car around the famous Nürburgring track is held by the Radical SR8 LM with a time of 6:48. The record was established on August 19, 2009 with Michael Vergers behind the wheel. However, it looks like things might be changing.
When McLaren designed the new P1 supercar the company announced it focused on making the car racetrack fast and not a top-speed monster.
Well, an image that just surfaced on the internet (above) makes it look like McLaren has accomplished this goal, and then some. This image alludes to the fact that the P1 circled the ’Ring in just 6:33, which would make it the fastest street-legal car to perform said task. In fact, this result would make it even faster than the non-street-legal Zonda R, which lapped the same track in 6:47.
Until McLaren officially confirms this result, we’ll just have to hope it’s for real! We do have serious doubts on its legitimacy, however…
UPDATE 5/23/2013 @ 2:07 p.m.: Thanks to Jalopnik for digging up more info from McLaren on this topic. It turns out that this slide is an official one from McLaren, but it is not an official time. Rather, it is part of a "mood board" as inspiration to the design team. Engineers are working on getting the P1 around the `Ring under 7 minutes, though, so this still may be a reality some day.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1 and learn which are the fastest cars around Nürburgring.
The 2014 P1 just dropped onto the market and McLaren officials are already talking about a successor for the supercar. McLaren sales and marketing boss Greg Levine confirmed in an interview with AutoCar that the company is planning a successor for the P1 but not for "at least ten years."
He confirmed that while developing the P1 project, McLaren wanted to develop "the best super sports car the world has ever seen until a successor is built." And, in order to remain exclusive, the P1 needs to stay on sale for a short while and after that the company "needs to step back from the market for a few years."
Talking about the P1, he said that the company sold about three-quarters from the 375 units that McLaren plans to build. Also, it looks like there are customers who have ordered two P1 units and that more than 30 cars have been fully customized by customers.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.
No, this is not a camouflaged prototype of the McLaren MP4-12C. This is an actual MP4-12C that’s been dressed by McLaren dealer Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut.
So what did they use to dress this up?
Apparently, the vinyl wrap used to decorate this MP4-12C is the same camouflage patterns McLaren uses for its own prototypes. Since Miller Motorcars is a certified McLaren dealer, we’re guessing that they got some sort of blessing from Woking, England to cover this MP4-12C with this camouflaged pattern. The dealer even has a name for it: the Greenwich Special Edition.
It’s also a pre-owned vehicle with some mileage on it, but for the sheer uniqueness of it all, its $259,035 price tag might be a little justified. And if for nothing else, the prospective buyer can take comfort knowing that he’s buying a supercar that’s unique to its own.
Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C
There aren’t very much tuners out there that have put their talents to use on the McLaren MP4-12C, but the gang over at Autodynamica decided to load up the McLaren with all sorts of exterior, interior and, most importantly, performance upgrades.
The tuner started by updating the exterior look of the MP4-12C. For this the coated the lower lip in a sharp gray. Autodynamica then turned its attention to installing a carbon-fiber lower grille bars and side-view mirrors, giving the MP4-12C a more race-inspired look. Under the hood, the customers will get a surprise in the form of a signature from F1 McLaren driver Sergio "Checo" Perez.
Our favorite part of this project, as you can likely guess, is what’s under the hood. Under here, the tuner reprogrammed the ECU and spent an exhausting – no pun intended – 10 hours installing a new Fabspeed X-pipe and high-flow catalytic converters.
After these changes, the super car now turns in an astounding 724 horsepower and 552 pound-feet of torque.
After a tune of this magnitude, you need to add some extra sticky stuff under the car. Autodynamica was happy to oblige with a set of 20- and 21-inch HRE wheels on the front and rear, respectively, wrapped in high-performance rubber.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard McLaren MP4-12C.