In an industry that moves as fast as the automotive world, it seems like the McLaren MP4-12C was launched ages ago. Obviously, it’s only been a little over a year since the road successor to the McLaren F1 was introduced, so unless our calendars run on Martian time, the production stage of the MP4-12C certainly was a long time coming.

Fortunately, the people over there at Woking, England finally decided to start building the very first production MP4-12C and while the car dubbed ‘Chassis 01’ is still a long ways away from being completed, it’s definitely cause for relief to see that the work is already underway.

We certainly hope that once production starts, it’s going to be a seamless process for the people of McLaren, especially if they’re trying to build 1,000 cars for this year, which is what they’ve been projecting all along.

We’re very hopeful that the MP4-12C and its 3.8-liter, 600-horsepower V8 engine will be unleashed out on the roads soon. We’ve all waited a long time and though a lot of us probably won’t even get a sniff of this British beast, those people in line to buy this car probably has had an even more excruciating wait on their hands.

In the meantime, we can all enjoy these new build photos released by McLaren, as well as a special video documenting the year of testing the MP4-12C was subjected to.


Source: McLaren

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  (380) posted on 04.15.2011

Well, I have to say that this car has great aesthetics!And I have to say that this car performs well on the race track.

  (291) posted on 04.15.2011

The performance of this car really blasts!And I’m quite impressed how it manage to have a powerful engine that need less fuel!

  (142) posted on 02.4.2011

This company is smart. They put a small 3.8 in their new mclaren and gave it 600hp..great! Too bad others are trying to impress with their large engines and sacrificing performance.

  (38) posted on 02.4.2011

Looks could be better, but the sound literally gave me goosebumps. I imagine when you’re driving this car you could care less what it looks like, especially since the goofiest looking thing by far will be the grin on your face.

  (458) posted on 02.3.2011

Yeah, because potential customers are going to cross-shop this w/ the Vantage. Come on, IL. I’m going to pretend I didn’t even read the retarded that is implying this car is a competitor to the Conti GT. And you guys are automotive journalists??? No mention of the Gallardo. Or 5.2 V10 R8 to a lesser extent. Even the 911 Turbo would’ve been understandable.

  (210) posted on 02.3.2011

Not so sure about this car yet. It looks a little generic to me, but the first one was so good... guess I just expected something with a little more ’WOW’.

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