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."

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Source: AutoCar

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5 comments:

  (647) posted on 07.25.2011

I don’t think they are really after that Ferrari Italia, who won the competition, but because they just wanted to win. I can say that they will now have a higher chance of winning because they almost made it.

  (380) posted on 07.25.2011

For me, there are only three car I really love: The Ferrari 458 Italia, The Audi R8 and this McLaren MP4-12C. These three cars are the most beautiful and powerful cars in this era.

  (600) posted on 07.21.2011

I definitely adore McLaren for their cars. They are really affected on the result of the initial test drive, so they upgrade this one emotionally because this Mclaren is just after the Ferrari Italia.

  (399) posted on 07.21.2011

Having a too quite engine is kind of dangerous and I guess that’s what the critiques wanted to emphasize. They haven’t mentioned about the appearance of the car. We all know that it was based on Science to make it a high performing vehicle and that’s why it doesn’t have a sporty look.

  (473) posted on 07.21.2011

There are a lot of critiques for the Mclaren 12C and Ferrari Italia. According to Top Gear UK, the 12C is performs better compare to Italia and it even placed second on their list of the fastest car that as being tested by the Stig. And I think they are just criticizing the not-so-sporty appearance of the 12C.

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