Mclaren, the name associated with fabulous supercars and the Formula 1 team. The British based company is founded by a New Zealander, Bruce Mclaren, and has been in Formula One racing since the 60’s. And in 1992, they released the Mclaren F1, their first ever production supercar. It is also the fastest production car in the world back then.
After almost 20 years and a few joint development with Mercedes (The Mclaren Mercedes SLR), Mclaren is back by releasing their latest mid engine supercar, the MP4-12C. This time Mclaren self developed their car, from carbon fibre composite chassis, also known as “Carbon MonoCell”, to it’s own engine, the all-aluminium M838T 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine producing approximately 600 PS (590bhp++) around 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) of torque. Transmission wise, it is using a 7-speed “SSG” double clutch transmission.
Despite being in a supercar league, it is lightweight for its category at just slightly over 1300kg. In the handling and suspension department, it features double wishbones and coil springs but interestingly there is no traditional anti-roll bars. Instead it uses hydraulics and active dampers to provide better control. Formula 1 technology is not left out as this car uses the brake steer technology, where the inside rear wheel is braked during fast cornering to reduce understeer.
Not much reviews yet on this car but first impression from Autocar UK is very positive. With 0-100 in 3.1secs, and top speed of 330km/h, this is a serious British challenger to the Italians’s Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamboghini Gallardo and Germany’s own Porsche 911 GT3. The car will also be racing in the FIA GT3 sports car racing.
We cant wait to know how fast this car will lap the Top Gear test track by the very-fast new Stig. Honestly, I feel this car should have a better name, preferably in English since it is made in UK. MP4-12C sounds like a sophisticated media player.
Mclaren Hamilton maybe?