Car Throttle Drives Triple Turbo McLaren, Expletives Are Uttered
What do you get when you hand a supercar and lots of money over to a competent tuner? The answer should be obvious – pure, unadulterated automotive excess. Indeed, that’s exactly what our friends over at Car Throttle encountered after getting behind the wheel of this McLaren from HyperCar Development. Based out of Southern California, HyperCar Development specializes in turning your everyday McLaren supercar into some kind of mad, otherworldly mega machine, as evidenced by the triple-boosted 12C featured in the above 6-minute video.
In case you were wondering, “triple-boosted” is a reference to the third turbocharger HyperCar Development added to the stock twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. The trio of snails combine to produce as much as 1,200 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a 2.4-second run to 60 mph, 3.5 seconds to 100 mph, and a quarter mile time in the low 8’s. Top speed is electronically limited to 270 mph. Pricing for the package is set at $129,900, but if you’re still craving more power, the tuner says it has a 1,500-horsepower package coming soon, with the goal being a whopping 300 mph at the top end. Because of course. You can check out HyperCar Development’s website here, but in the meantime, check out the vid to see the triple-boosted 12C out in the canyons of Los Angeles.
2017 McLaren 570GT by Novitec
The McLaren 570GT is about as unique as any McLaren that’s out on the market today. It’s classified under the company’s Sports Series, but really, it has the credentials of a supercar. It was prepared to be a performance daily driver in the vein of the Porsche 911, and yet it can flex its power in a heartbeat. The 570GT’s varied characteristics is a big part of its appeal, and for all it’s worth, it’s also a big reason why aftermarket tuners have taken a fancy to it. One of these tuners is Novitec and it’s got a dandy new program for the 570GT that helps improve its output numbers to reach levels that essentially puts it in the league of McLaren’s higher-echelon Super Series.
If you have ever followed Novitec’s work, you might remember the tuner has already worked on the McLaren 570S, introducing its program for that car back in December 2016. The blueprint of both kits is pretty similar in a such a way that the scope of Novitec’s modifications falls along the same sections. There are aerodynamic kits, a new set of wheels, suspension upgrades, and of course, engine tweaks that put the 570GT’s output in the vicinity of 650 horsepower, right smack where the 650S resides. It’s not the most encompassing program you’ll ever see, but for a car like the 570GT that can already shine on its own without any assistance, Novitec’s new program is simply all about making a good thing even better.
Continue after the jump to read more about the McLaren 570GT by Novitec
Prior Design And Misha Designs Show Us The Art To Building The Perfect Body Kit
The popularity of an aftermarket tuning program largely revolves around what kind of engine upgrades these tuning kits have. Like it or not, but a car’s engine is the biggest reason why these tuners exist. But as important as engine upgrades are, they’re not the be-all-end-all of a program. Some tuners like Prior Design and Misha Designs built their respective businesses on the shoulders of arguably the most overlooked aspect of an aftermarket program: the body kit.
If the engine upgrade program is considered the heart of every tuning kit, the visual manifestation of it is the body kit. That’s an important aspect that these two tuners recently displayed in full effect with their respective kits for the McLaren 570S and the Ferrari 488 GTB. Neither of the two programs come with engine enhancements even though both Prior Design and Misha Designs have experience in that field. But there is a rationale for taking the approach these two tuners did, especially for cars like the 570S and 488 GTB, both of which have no shortage of power in their own right. When some customers prefer to keep their supercars with its stock power figures, it’s the body kits that get their attention. And for what they’re worth, literally and figuratively, Prior Design and Misha Design’s respective kits for the McLaren 570S and 488 GTB are as good as customers are going to get from two tuners who know their way around these exotics. All we really need to do to be convinced of their capabilities is to look at the final products.
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2017 McLaren 570GT by Wheelsandmore
While the McLaren 570GT is still considered a part of McLaren’s Sports Series line, its status as a premium version of the 570S effectively makes it an entry-level Super Series model. Regardless of where it stands in the pecking order of McLaren’s lineup, the 570 – be it with the ’S’ suffix or the ‘GT’ – is still attracting the aftermarket world. Novitec Rosso has a program for the 570S and now, it’s Wheelsandmore’s turn to present an aftermarket kit for the 570GT that promises power levels amounting to 650 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Since this is Wheelsandmore we’re talking about, the whole program largely revolves around the supercar’s engine and wheels. Very little work was put into the exterior of the 570GT and even less so on the interior. The kit does have suspension upgrades, too, but considering what the 570GT is already capable of in that department, the improvements brought about by the height-adjustable springs are largely to help keep the front spoiler and underbody from getting damaged. Overall, the German tuner’s program for the McLaren 570 is a typically efficient and well-developed kit that spells massive improvements for the British supercar.
Continue after the jump to read more about the McLaren 570GT by Wheelsandmore.
2016 McLaren 570S by Novitec
A car with the status and capabilities of the McLaren 570S should have plenty of aftermarket tuning programs available to it. But the reality is there aren’t that many, which probably makes this new tuning kit from Novitec that much more appealing. The German tuner is most famous for developing programs for Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Maseratis, but it’s also begun putting in the work on McLaren models, most notably the 570S and 540C. Soon enough, a program for the 570GT will also be made available. For now though, the 570S takes center stage with a tuning program that includes engine upgrades amounting to an increased output of as much as 638 horsepower and 507 pound-feet of torque.
Even better, the engine upgrades are actually made up of three stages so 570S owners can choose which power gains suit them the best. All the work on the sports car’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine is complemented by modifications on the car’s exterior, suspension, and brake units while a new set of wheels complete the program’s offerings. Put them all together and it’s a pretty comprehensive tuning kit, something that a car like the McLaren 570S deserves.
It is surprising to think that a lot of tuners have yet to take stabs at the 570S when its big brother, the 650S, has already been the recipient of a handful of aftermarket programs. We’ll save our gripes for another day though. The important thing here is that McLaren 570S owners now have a high-profile tuner to go to in the event they want to get more out of their sports cars.
Now about that kit for the McLaren 570GT. When’s that arriving, Novitec?
Continue after the jump to read more about the McLaren 570S by Novitec.
2016 McLaren 650S by Gemballa
When you bring up the name Gemballa, the most common automaker that can be associated with the tuner is Porsche. Browse through some of its programs and you’ll notice that just about every modern-day Porsche has been treated to a tuning program or two by the German aftermarket company. But Gemballa isn’t just all about the Porsches. It’s also built kits for BMWs and more recently, for McLarens, most of which were for the MP4-12C, or more commonly known these days as the 12C. Recently, Gemballa added a new McLaren into its portfolio and to no one’s surprise, it’s for the 12C’s successor, the 650S.
Aptly named the Gemballa GT similar to those past kits for the 12C, this new McLaren tuning program has a little bit of something for all facets of the 650S. There are aerodynamic modifications to the exterior, customizable interior upgrades, and an engine modification that adds more power to the existing amount already found in the 650S’s 3.8-liter turbocharged V-8 engine. In other words, it’s a typical tuning program for Gemballa. Or is it?
As you’ll find out in a bit, this kit offers something a little bit different than what the German tuner is used to producing. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing likely depends on what kind of changes a prospective client wants on his or her McLaren 650S. Some might like it. Some might not. Either way, it’s probably going to be the first of a handful of programs Gemballa has in store for the 650S. That much I can say at this point.
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2016 McLaren 650S Vayu GTR Coupe by FAB Design
Aftermarket tuners often have to walk a fine line when it comes to building programs for supercars. Questions like ‘how much improvement does it really need?’ often prop up in these discussions. These are the kind of things tuners have to deal with it and for FAB Design, the answer often lies somewhere between “not enough” and “let’s talk about it some other time.” In any event, the German tuner’s program for the McLaren 650S is the kind of kit a supercar can have without really turning the vehicle into a completely different model. There are significant changes, but for the most part, it’s still the 650S, albeit packaged far differently than McLaren packaged it from the factory.
For FAB Design, the kit is a unique follow-up to a similar program it presented one year ago. That kit, dubbed the Vayu RPR, was for the 650S Spyder. This one is called the Vayu GTR Coupe and as the name suggests, it’s primarily for the coupe version of the 650S. Names notwithstanding, both kits provide impressive upgrades on the model’s aerodynamic and performance capabilities. There’s also a slight change in looks that benefits the 650S, but that’s also largely tied into the aero kit that FAB Design built.
The overall results are what you’d expect from the German tuner. There’s an improvement in different aspects of the car that combine to create a tuning package that’s worth its weight in attention. Who knows, next year’s auto show might feature a third version of this kit. That’s still a long ways from now, so in the meantime, let’s feast our eyes on the Vayu GTR Coupe to see if it’s as good as its predecessor.
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The McLaren P1 is the undisputed crown jewel of McLaren’s performance car lineup. It’s also incredibly hard to come by as all units of the supercar are already accounted for. So, for those who have been left out on the P1, McLaren has the 675LT — a track-focused supercar that was released at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show to essentially bridge the (massive) gap between the P1 and the 650S. Needless to say, the addition of the 675LT into the McLaren lineup has given aftermarket tuners the green light to prepare tuning programs for the track-day superstar. One of the first to that party is Wheelsandmore, a German tuner company that’s known far and wide for its expertise in developing state-of-the-art wheels, and its capabilities in ECU remapping.
That being said, it comes as no surprise that Wheelsandmore’s program for the McLaren 675LT focuses on those two things. Sure, there’s a suspension improvement on the agenda, but for the most part, it’s the wheels and the engine that make up the tuning kit.
For the 675LT, Wheelsandmore is actually offering a variety of new wheel designs that prospective customers can choose from. These designs differ in texture and material, but all of them are universally regarded as some of the best in the supercar aftermarket scene. The same can be said for the engine upgrades. Wheelandmore isn’t known for mind-blowing power boosts, but it’s capable of making significant improvements that will be felt by owners of the cars.
All in all, the program for the McLaren 675LT is essentially Wheelsandmore doing Wheelsandmore things. Knowing what the car is already capable of, the German tuner just added what needed to be added to give owners a more profound driving experience — the kind that justifies the 675LT’s billing as McLaren’s barely-road-legal race car.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 675LT By Wheelsandmore.
Introduced for the 2015 model year as a replacement for the aging MP4-12C, the 650S is already available in five flavors. There’s the regular Coupe and Spider for those looking for a fast and good-looking entry-level supercar, the Sprint for amateur racers, and the more extreme GT3 for enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford a profession motorsport team. The newly launched 675LT brings more horsepower, improved aerodynamics, and a healthy dose of F1 GTR "Long Tail" heritage to the table. And I didn’t even mention the number of unique features customers can have via McLaren’s own customization arm, MSO. But despite having so many options to choose from, the 650S just isn’t as unique as some supercar aficionados would like.
Fortunately for those too picky to live happily with a stock 650S or any of its factory iterations — I know I would be — the folks over at Fab Design have crafted a bespoke package that makes McLaren’s new supercar a bit more special. Better known for modifying Mercedes-Benz products (including Maybach,) Fab Design is also one of the few aftermarket brands to meddle with past McLaren products. Having already launched updates for both the MP4-12 and the SLR McLaren, Fab Design has launched the VAYU RPR, a comprehensive package that turns the 650S Spider into a supercar McLaren’s MSO division can’t build.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 650S Spyder VAYU RPR By Fab Design.
The McLaren MP4-12C may no longer be in production, but the powerful sports car is still popular among enthusiasts. In fact, McLaren is still offering updates for it while, some tuning companies are still getting requests to enhance the 12C’s appearance and powertrain. One such shop is DMC, mostly known for meddling with Italian supercars wearing Ferrari and Lamborghini badges.
Their latest project is dubbed "Velocita" and was crafted for an unnamed Saudi owner who probably thought his MP4-12C was a little bland visually and needed more than the 592 horsepower it came from the factory. As with most DMC creations, the sports car received a unique aerodynamic package, a reupholstered interior, a titanium exhaust system, and a performance tweak to go with the more menacing, race-like looks. Ever dreamed about a 12C GT3 for the road? Well, you might as well take your McLaren to DMC, they’ll know what to do with it.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4 12C "Velocita - Wind Edition" By DMC.
ASMA Design has a history of building some pretty impressive programs for a variety of supercars and while it technically hasn’t started on one for the McLaren P1, it’s safe to say that judging by the rendering it released on what the P1 would look like after it’s done with it, ASMA should do it as soon as humanly possible.
One look and you can immediately tell that the P1’s level of aesthetic wonder just went to overdrive. The added vents and ducts, in particular, do more than just making the P1 look more tiger-fierce, but the improved air flow and aerodynamic stability are all equally important in giving the supercar more balance.
After all, when you’re talking about a car that features a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces a staggering 903 horsepower, you’re going to be need to be able to control all those horses running under its hood. Add that to the fact that the P1 is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 218 mph makes us wonder whether ASMA Design has a performance tune in store for the McLaren exotic.
Maybe somewhere close to 1,100 ponies, perhaps?
We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but holy mackerel, wouldn’t that be just sick?!
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It’s not always a good thing to let your mind run completely wild, but every now and again a good things do happen when you let go for a bit. And this McLaren P1 by German Special Customs is one of those times when it may have been better to just ignore those little voices in your head. This thing — that’s about all we can classify it as — is among the first tuning kits offered for the P1, and we can only hope that future ones will look better.
What’s interesting about this new "Night Glow" package is that GSC managed to increase the 3.8-liter engine’s output to more than 1,000 horsepower, representing an increase of more than 100 horses over the base version.
In order to obtain this increase, GSC installed a new exhaust system with two round 100 mm (3.9-inch) exhaust tips, which were inspired by the driving engine of a fighter jet.
So far so good, but this is where things start to fall apart for this tuned P1.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1 "Night Glow" by German Special Customs.
Maybe you did not expect it, but the MCLaren MP4-12C received lots of upgrades from the tuners all over the world. This attention is not because the 12C lacks power or looks from factory, but because there are some people out there who think even the best think can be even better.
DMC is known for taking the best supercars to a whole new lever, and it did the same with the MP4-12C by updating the 3.8-liter, V-8 engine to numbers beyond its stock 592 horsepower (2012 model year specification). DMC started with an ECU performance package and a new titanium exhaust system that increases the final output to 660 horsepower.
Along with the extra power, DMC also equipped the new 12C Velocita SE with an aggressive body kit that fits perfectly with the new black paint.
On the inside, the tuner offers its clients the ability to express their individuality, so they can choose from a very wide list of carbon, wood, leather or Alcantara.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Velocita SE by DMC.
Earlier this year, luxury German tuner, DMC, introduced its Velocita program for the McLaren MP4-12C. Months have passed since then, but it seems like DMC spent all that time building a special version of that incredible program.
This is the McLaren HS-12 Velocita SE, a irresistibly eye-catching take on the British supercar, complete with a new aerodynamic kit, posh interior upgrades and a unique color finish that brings out the aura of the MP4-12C like few other tuning programs could.
One look at the MP4-12C and you’ll immediately gravitate towards the Emerald Red Couture body finish DMC used on the supercar. We can’t blame you for drooling because we had to stop ourselves from doing so, too. But once we got our bearings back, we also noticed a few details about the new aero kit fitted into the MP4-12C.
The aerodynamic engineering is clearly evident, as shown by the supercar’s redesigned carbon-fiber grill to go with a new front lip spoiler with an enhanced downforce on the front axle, as well as carbon-fiber side flaps that work by supporting the pressure between the axles and, in turn, improves the car’s road stability. A carbon-fiber rear diffuser was also installed, with the new one treated to the addition of two two fins and goes hand-in-hand with a brand-new exhaust system that’s made of pure titanium.
A large rear wing and a set of 21-inch diamond forged alloy wheels round out DMC’s HS-12 Velocita SE program for the McLaren MP4-12C, further underscoring the DMC’s brilliance in billing programs like this while also highlighting the MP4-12C’s growing clout as an aftermarket favorite.
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Hennessey unveiled its HPE800 Kit for the McLaren MP4-12C for the McLaren MP4-12C in early 2012. In that instance, Hennessey tuned the supercar to deliver a total of 800 horsepower.
In 2013, however, Hennessey revisits the MP4-12C and came up with a new HPE700 kit that, despite delivering "only" 704 horsepower, it’s still bound to be a hoot to drive.
The new HPE700 kit includes an optimized ECU, an upgraded intercooler, dual air induction filters and a stainless-steel sports exhaust system. Thanks to these changes, the car’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine’s output was increased from the base 616 horsepower up to a total of 704 Horsepower at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 538 pound-feet at 5,800 rpm.
With the extra power, the MP4-12 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and will run the quarter mile in 10.3 seconds at a speed of 137 mph.
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Mansory never passes up a chance to showcase its new projects in an auto show as big as Frankfurt.
So with the event scheduled to open to the public in a few days, the Swiss tuner extraordinaire has officially dropped the details on all of its Frankfurt-bound models.
One of the programs you’ll see is for the McLaren MP4-12C and you only need to be a fan of the British supercar to appreciate the level of work Mansory put into it to make it look and perform like a reborn exotic with stunning good looks and monster muscles under its hood.
In so many ways, this is typical Mansory — in a very good way. It’s not content on just rolling out the usual catch-as-catch-can program in an attempt to illicit a reaction. All of its projects come with a seal of awesomeness we don’t always see from other aftermarket companies.
That’s probably why the company saves its programs only for events like Frankfurt and quite frankly, we have no problem with that because at the end of the day, there will always be something to look forward to from this company when auto show season is in full bloom.
(Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-12Cf by Mansory}
Earlier this this Vorsteiner announced the McLaren-V Concept which seemed to preview the new MP4-VX tuning kit that was just announced. The kit was unveiled last night at the Vorsteiner headquarters in Garden Grove, California.
Of course that the new McLaren MP4-12C is a great car and we love the way it looks like, but it seems that the folks over Vorsteiner wanted to tweak its appearance just a little. And tweak it they certainly did! Too bad there’s no upgrades under the hood, but the standard 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with its 616 horsepower 443 pound-feet of torque that launched the supercar to 60 mph in as little as 3 seconds seems good enough.
Vorsteiner’s new kit was built using the latest dry carbon fiber pre-preg autoclave technology and it transforms the MP4-12C into an even more aggressive-looking supercar. On top of that, the tuner even added a set of wheels top help round out the look.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MP4-VX by Vorsteiner.
It was only three months ago when Wheelsandmore presented a program for the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder - or just 12C, depending on your preference - yet somehow, it only took them that long to announce another project based on the British supercar.
Apparently, there’s no rest for the weary over there in Germany.
For this particular take, Wheelsandmore pulled off another knock-out program for the MP4-12C Spyder, giving it a full breadth of customizable details that hits all the right chords for fans of the McLaren.
The program even has its own name - British Open - and an appropriate designation at that, further highlighting the level of creativity and excellence that Wheelsandmore has come to be known for.
For all the pomp and hype the industry puts on aftermarket companies, Wheelsandmore has become one of the best at what it does, not because of the quantity of projects it rolls out, but because a lot of these programs have exceeded all of our expectations.
Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder