McLaren modifies MP4-12C after press test drive critiques
McLaren began its research for the MP4-12C back in 2005 with a little something called “Project 11.” This project consisted of the most advanced simulation software in the world and was used to test the future car’s ability at any track and any conditions. It’s been six years, and many grueling tests and revisions, later and it seems as if the MP4-12C is still not 100% up to the task. A McLaren spokesman has announced that the first units of the supercar to be delivered will feature additional revisions in response to the critique the supercar has received from the press.
After initial press test drives, many journalists placed the McLaren supercar below Ferrari’s latest toy, the 458 Italia because "it lacked the aural drama and sense of occasion to match its pace and dynamic ability." With the hard work and dedication already put into the MP4-12C, McLaren felt it necessary to tweak the supercar before it was delivered to its high-paying customers. Modifications such as an improved throttle response and a "fruitier" exhaust note were applied and will take effect only in Track mode. McLaren also said that these modifications were already planned, but the press criticism made the company hightail the changes before the vehicles were delivered.
"We want drivers to enjoy the car a bit more," a McLaren spokesman said. "The changes don’t lead to any performance increase, but they do lead to an emotional increase when you drive the car. It was a bit too sensible before. You won’t notice the changes in normal mode, just when you’re really having fun and pushing it."