You can’t say that the people over at McLaren aren’t busting their chops in trying to achieve a record-breaking run, can you? Whether or not the Woking, England-based automaker was attempting to do a hot lap with the MP4-12C at the Nurburgiring to determine the car’s full capacity, one thing we do know is that at some point, every automaker that has had aspirations of holding the fastest lap time at the ’Ring and McLaren is no exception.

So when word came out that McLaren ended up crashing an MP4-12C at the Nurburgring as part of their ’final testing’, a lot of curious eyebrows were raised, particularly on whether this testing included an attempt in breaking the fastest lap time at the world-famous race track.

According to witnesses, the crash caused a large impact that brought about significant damage to the guard rail, as well as causing a massive amount of fuel spillage on the stretch of the race track where the accident happened. As a result of the crash, the public session that was supposed to follow the private session ended up getting delayed because of what was deemed a ’roadworks zone’ on that part of the track.

McLaren, of course, has neither confirmed or denied this report, opting to contain the situation by keeping mum on the matter. With all the witnesses and reports coming around, though, it looks as if a final prototype of the MP4-12C was indeed involved in some kind of accident. Whether it was during an attempt at the ’Ring record is another matter, but it’s still probably best for these chaps to drive their cars with proper caution next time.


Source: Pistonheads

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  (463) posted on 10.11.2011

Well I can only compared which has great speed performance, if its have an opponent and run out in same track.

  (402) posted on 08.24.2011

I have to say that I’m impressed with the speed performance of the car. With the high speed performance of the car it really has a great chance to win a record.

  (530) posted on 08.24.2011

with the awesome speed performance of the vehicle. No wonder, why it encounters a lot of accidents. BTW, I like the matte color of the vehicle.

  (427) posted on 07.22.2011

Too bad for McLaren MP4-12C it didn’t reach the record they are up to. However, I doubt if they can beat their own record because it is already impressive. Better upgrade it more to avoid crashes. smiley

  (341) posted on 06.21.2011

That will lead to embarrassment after testing it. You could actually see its weakness, you cannot drive this in super fast mode or else the parts of the car will blown up into pieces. Just kidding.

  (473) posted on 06.2.2011

It’s too bad to hear that. I can’t believe that McLaren ended up crashing MP4-12C in the race track. For me, that wasn’t a testing at all.

  (302) posted on 05.30.2011

Yeah, I would agree. It’s not really everyday when the guys at Nurbugring would actually let you around the track at high speeds. It’s just too bad that they messed it all up.

  (433) posted on 05.27.2011

Well if you think of it, you can’t really blame McLaren for this one. After all, you only get a few shots at beating the record at Nurburgring. Just too bad it happened.

  (592) posted on 05.27.2011

I remember someone here saying that McLaren would eventually attempt to break the record that they have set earlier. Well, it’s indeed a bit saddening that this would happen.

  (503) posted on 05.27.2011

This is my first time to hear a crashed due to record attempt..Why does the McLaren never speaks about the real reason why it crashed? I don’t want to think that it is because of the car.

  (570) posted on 05.27.2011

That’s shocking! My eyebrows raised for that one. I wonder what causes the large impact..accelerator pedal fault? I hope McLaren talks about this incident, whom to blame the driver or the car itself?

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