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McLaren Unveils Stunning New Road Car

Gordon Kelly


McLaren Unveils Stunning New Road Car

In a time of economic Armageddon it's nice to see someone thinking outside the box...

This week McLaren has announced the 'MP4-12C', its first road car since the remarkable F1 launched in 1991. Even more significantly it will be the first of what owner Ron Dennis claims will become a stable of high performance models and a global supercar brand.

McLaren Automotive will be the division to handle this transformation into what is hoped will be a rival to Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini. 800 people will ultimately be employed as the company looks to ship 4,000 cars per year.

Initially 1,000 of these will be the new MP4-12C, which will go on sale in 2011 with a sticker price of £150,000 - a world away from the near $1m tag pinned to the F1. Two more unnamed models will follow the MP4-12C in 2015, the first a rival to the circa £60,000 Porsche 911 and the other headliner in the £300,000+ supercar sector.

For us, of huge interest will be in seeing what technological innovations McLaren can come up with. The F1 was a tour de force famed for its central driver's position and revolutionary aerodynamics. In turn, the 200mph MP4-12C is expected to marry classic design elements such as gull-wing doors with the likes of a permanent mobile Wi-Fi connection to download the latest maps and music directly into the car.

To say we're excited would be something of an understatement...


via The Times

McLaren Automotive


September 9, 2009, 9:03 am

"For us, of huge interest will be in seeing what technological innovations McLaren can come up with"

Yeaaa riggght Gordon!! So no interest in taking the beast for a howl down the M4 then ;)

"To say we're excited would be something of an understatement..."

Phew, you had me worried for mo...


September 9, 2009, 1:32 pm

I'm sure there will be many technical innovations in fields such as fuel efficiency and noise reduction forthcoming.


September 9, 2009, 2:22 pm

The F1 is still my favourite car. So much awesome in a small, relatively modest package. It still packed one more passenger and more luggage than most other supercars.

Ever since then supercars are too much Batmobile for my liking. And when Bugatti made that Bullsh*t move of packing 1000 HPs in a car, it is just clownshoes anyways.


September 9, 2009, 4:15 pm

Lets hope they keep a model with a central driving position like the old F1


September 9, 2009, 4:42 pm

So far: 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 with 600BHP built entirely in-house, featuring the best power-to-CO2 emissions ratio of any engine currently in production (apparently). All in a full carbon fibre monocoque. All for Ferrari F430/458 or Lambourghini Gallardo money... sounds good. Time to start saving.


September 9, 2009, 5:28 pm

Quite what this has to do with a technology website is beyond me! - should leave this stuff to the proper car sites. A Volvo with anti collision technology perhaps '...but we're interested in the technology...' yeah, right!

Crying shame that it's force-fed, I was hoping that it would be naturally aspirated to keep a good bass line exhaust tone. Still, 8,500 rpm from a turbo V8's none to shabby. I look forward to the Trusted Reviews '458 Italia V MP4-12C Road Test'?

Purely for a technological comparison, of course.


September 9, 2009, 6:09 pm

Reading around there is some clever tech stuff. Very clever "proactive control" adaptive suspension, "Brake-steer" braking which brakes the inside wheels on turning to kill understeer, a "seamless shift" gear box with "pre-cog" for pre-selecting gears for super fast engagement, and a Meridian made entertainment/information etc centre.


September 13, 2009, 4:00 am

@lifethroughalens - you may not have noticed, but we run a 'Car Tech' section looking at the technology inside cars! Any vehicle which will carry around its own mobile WiFi hotspot is certainly worthy of comment on a technology website IMHO.

Geoff Richards

September 14, 2009, 1:17 am

The Woking factory is just down the road from my flat, so I'll drop by to see Big Ron and see what I can do about a road test :)


October 1, 2009, 7:38 pm

wow..... good painting, the great idea


mohammad Rahat

December 12, 2009, 4:07 am

My favorite upcoming car is Audi Locus check it out http://www.domesticutilitie... and BMW Eco . Maclaren is out of my range

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