The new McLaren MP4-12C is quite a slice of heaven if you’re into supercars. Only a handful of other supercars can stake claim to being as capable – if not more – than the MP4-12C so judging by that factor alone, there’s a piece of this McLaren machine that every gear head in the right frame of mind would want to have a piece of.

But seeing as McLaren is a brand that doesn’t produce new models every year, the bigger and far more intriguing question is how their new bad boy stacks up against its bigger brother, the F1. Or in this particular case, how it can hold up against the racecar version of its predecessor, the F1 GTR. Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar went to the only place where you can pit the two rockets on wheels head-to-head with one another: the race track.

On sheer stats alone, the F1-GTR already has the leg-up over the MP4-12C not because both have an output of somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 horsepower, but because the former, as a pure and unadulterated race car, is about 1,000 lbs lighter than the latter.

At the end of the test, it was pretty evident that despite all the new technologies that come with the MP4-12C, it’s heavier frame still played a pivotal role in the competition – albeit barely – failing to edge the F1 GTR in a good ol’ fashioned sprint to the finish line.

Nevertheless, the MP4-12C is still one of those rare supercars that any man would be lucky to own, regardless of how it stacks up against a race version of its older brother.


Source: Autocar

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  (1211) posted on 05.9.2011

Yay! It seems like an interesting race match between McLarens car! It really great to watch a race of GT cars. I really can see on how those cars burn the race track!

  (462) posted on 03.24.2011

Well, that;s actually the good thing about McLaren, even though they don’t produce a lot of cars, the make sure that the ones that they will produce are top notched, and these two are certainly good proof.

  (467) posted on 03.23.2011

That just goes to show how powerful these cars are. Even though they are more than a decade apart in terms of production, they are actually rather equally matched.

  (402) posted on 03.23.2011

These kinds of races are becoming quite popular nowadays. But I really don’t get it why they have to pit an older model car against a newer one, the former will often lose anyway.

  (559) posted on 03.22.2011

Is it me, or does it seem that the F1 GTR is at a disadvantage here? Oh well, maybe not. The F1 was already the fastest car before, so it would still put up a good fight for the MP4-12C.

  (334) posted on 03.22.2011

Now, this is something great to watch them both at the same time. I wonder how this one would actually turn out, my bet’s on the MP4-12C

  (532) posted on 03.22.2011

Yeah, that was the frustrating part, Mclaren doesn’t come up with a new model every year. And also, I agree that any man would be lucky to own this rare supercar. And for MP4-12C , for sure it will surpasses his older brother soonsmiley

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