McLaren MP4-12C makes public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
It’s been a long time coming, but you know what they say, “better late than never”.
The McLaren MP4-12C finally made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the boys from Woking certainly didn’t waste any time making an impression on the gathered audience with their new prized baby.
As part of its debut, the MP4-12C was given its first public shakedown at the event’s annual Supercar Run where McLaren managing director Anthony Sheriff, together with Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton each took turns unleashing the supercar up the track over the weekend.
For his part, Sheriff couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting for the MP4-12C’s world debut. "The visitors to our stand were the perfect blend of car enthusiasts and potential customers,” he said. “I’m delighted that we chose Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil the 12C to the public. Two British Formula 1 World Champions were behind the wheel of the car as we led the field up the hill. A major landmark, delivered to McLaren’s high standards."
And just to rub in the fact that the MP4-12C is arguably one of the fastest machines on the planet, McLaren made it clear that their orange supercar set finished in pole position in each of the Supercar Runs it participated in. Can’t say we’re surprised.
World debut of MP4-12C sees McLaren take pole position in Goodwood Festival of Speed Supercar Run
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton drive the MP4-12C in the Supercar Run at Goodwood Festival of Speed
12C placed in pole position in every Supercar Run
The innovative new McLaren MP4-12C was given its public world debut at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from 01-04 July. Current Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton delighted the crowds by driving a McLaren Orange Validation Prototype (VP) 12C up the famous Goodwood Hill on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
With McLaren Automotive Managing Director, Antony Sheriff at the wheel, the MP4-12C was the first car to be driven up Goodwood Hill on Friday 02 July, effectively opening the show. The 12C was subsequently granted pole position in every Supercar Run over the course of the weekend, a fitting gesture to two Formula 1 World Champions that are accustomed to leading from the front!
In addition to another 12C VP car, finished in Volcano Orange and fitted with stunning Lightweight Forged alloy wheels, many of the 176,000 visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed over the course of the event were drawn to a 12C rolling chassis displayed on the McLaren stand. Presenting a car in this way underlines the skill and pride the team place in the 12C’s engineering integrity. By viewing firsthand the car’s hydraulic suspension arrangement, its carbon Monocell chassis, compact 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine and unique transmission unit, visitors with an appreciation for innovation and technology had a rare glimpse of what lies under the skin of the 12C.
McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff said: "The visitors to our stand were the perfect blend of car enthusiasts and potential customers; I’m delighted that we chose Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil the 12C to the public. Two British Formula 1 World Champions were behind the wheel of the car as we led the field up the hill. A major landmark, delivered to McLaren’s high standards.
"Visitors to the McLaren stand either displayed an in-depth understanding of the bespoke technologies developed for the 12C, or spent time discussing our plans. It was a great opportunity for tens of thousands of car fans to see the car in the metal...and carbon.
"This is just the start for McLaren Automotive. In five year’s time, I expect us to be presenting a full range of innovative and performance-focused sports cars. Sports car enthusiasts all over the world will be able to enjoy McLaren cars up close and personal at events like Goodwood Festival of Speed."