• 2013 McLaren MP4-12C "Mark Cavendish" by McLaren Special Operations

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If you’re an athlete or a celebrity, it’s a given that you get the perks that ordinary people don’t have access to. In some cases, those perks extend to the auto industry, as cyclist Mark Cavendish will attest to.

Considered as the most successful sprinter in the history of the Tour de France, Cavendish certainly knows about going from Point A to Point B in a hurry. As such, British supercar maker McLaren bestowed the kind of unique honor to the British cyclist that we normal folks can only dream about.

They named a brand new color for the MP4-12C after him.

As part of McLaren Special Operations, the new color is called "Cavendish Green,” a color inspired by the jersey worn by the points leader on each stage of the Tour de France — one that Cavendish has worn on numerous occasions. The satin green finish that is "Cavendish Green" was wrapped on a special one-off MP4-12C by MSO, McLaren’s very own bespoke supercar customization program.

To create a truly unique look for the MP4-12C, the supercar’s body was also finished with a subtle metallic green flake, creating a striking look on the British supercar that definitely speaks to its uniqueness.

“To celebrate Mark’s green jersey accolade, ‘Jersey Green spheres’ were added to the satin finish," explained Paul Mackenzie, Head of McLaren Special Operations. "These only become visible in direct sunlight to give a very subtle touch, inspired by Mark’s fantastic win.”

It’s one thing to have a brand like McLaren create a color in honor of you, but it’s another thing to have them name it for you.

Mark Cavendish is awesome for that reason.

  • 2013 McLaren MP4-12C "Mark Cavendish" by McLaren Special Operations
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    3.8 L
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    207 mph
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