McLaren have today announced the official performance figures for the P1 supercar, on the same day they have also delivered the first customer car to its new owner.
The McLaren P1 has been designed from the outset with the aim of being one of the world’s best driver’s cars on both road and track. The performance figures are a pretty good indication that what McLaren have created will surely go down in history as a worthy successor to the company’s most famous model, the iconic McLaren F1. In fact the McLaren P1 reaches 186 mph (300 km/h) in 16.5 seconds – a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the F1.
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McLaren has decided that to commemorate 50 years of race-winning history they’d launch a range of vintage fashion collections. So they organized a small nuclear explosion to take place during a photo shoot in which they got a couple of teenagers to model the new clothes. Who new the average age of a MP4-12C driver was 17?
The three retro-styled fashion collections – inspired by cars, drivers and epic events in the company’s history – are called, McLaren 50, McLaren 50 by Hunziker and James Hunt Racing Collection. The ranges include both clothing and accessories.
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McLaren has decided it’s finally time to let the world know all the details regarding their all-new P1 supercar. They’ve been slowly dribbling out information on the car for many months now, including the presentation of a pre-production P1 design study at the Paris Motor Show last year. But until now the exact specifications have been kept shtum.
Like all McLaren’s, both past and present, the P1 is a technological masterpiece. It really is a triumph of mathematics and logic over emotion and superfluous style. It’s performance is nothing less than astounding. 0-62 mph (100km/h) takes less than three seconds, 0-124 mph (200 km/h) takes less than seven seconds, and the needle will nudge 186 mph (300 km/h) in just 17 seconds – 5 seconds quicker than the legendary F1. The top speed of the McLaren P1 has been electronically limited to 217 mph (350 km/h).
In order to achieve such spectacular performance, McLaren’s engineers had to be nothing less than obsessive compulsive when it came to things like weight management, aerodynamics and electronic wizardry. Interestingly, in terms of appearance the McLaren P1 has changed little since the first prototype was unveiled. In fact the only notable modification is the addition of a couple of air ducts ahead of the front wheels.
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If the Borg ever decide to try their collective hand at motor racing, then surely they’ll look to McLaren to provide the cars. The P1 is shaping up to be a cold-hearted megacar, with its clinical, almost OCD level of aerodynamic engineering, and McLaren’s stated goal of making it the best driver’s car in the world on both road and track, clearly this thing is going to be as close to absolute perfection as is possible.
The latest stage of the McLaren P1′s testing has seen it whipped around the clock on numerous demanding roads and circuits across the globe. The typically rigorous testing procedures for the McLaren P1 have seen the development team working closely with a number of partners on bespoke components and developments, including Akebono on a highly-efficient braking system, Pirelli on high performance tires and Mobil 1 on leading cooling, lubrication and hydraulic fluids.
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At the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, McLaren unveiled a concept version of their MP4-12C which was billed as the ‘ultimate track car’. At the time it was uncertain whether the 12C Can-Am Edition would remain a one-off. Or if the company would decide to put the car into production. However at an exclusive event held ahead of the 2012 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, McLaren has confirmed plans for a limited production run. Just 30 will be built.
Although the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition is based on the company’s 12C GT3 racer, the car will not be subject to the usual racing regulations of its sibling. Each will be fitted with an unrestricted version of the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with a unique engine calibration, and optimised cooling system to increase the power output of up to 630hp, making the 12C GT Can-Am Edition the most powerful 12C variation produced to date.
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Well it’s taken a while, a long while, but the spiritual successor to the game-changing and legendary McLaren F1 has just be unveiled. At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, McLaren are showing off a prototype version of the McLaren P1. The McLaren P1 has been developed using the knowledge learned by McLaren’s Racing division. The company say it has one simple goal for the vehicle: To make it the best driver’s car in the world on both road and track.
The styling of the McLaren P1 is more attractive and less clinical than the MP4-12C, but you can bet your entire worldly possessions on the fact every last millimetre of the bodywork has been extensivley analysed in the windtunnel. The front is unique and original, the way lower part of the bumper flows back into the ‘C’ shaped headlights is inspired. And the P1′s rear end has got to be one of the best in the business. Stunning.
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McLaren Automotive are set to make their international motor show debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The company will be holding a press conference on Thursday 27th September where they will announce their plans for the future. The company also say they’re planning on unveiling the next exciting chapter for the brand.
Most likely what that means is they’re going to show off the long-awaited successor to the legendary McLaren F1. The promotional image McLaren released alongside their Paris Motor Show announcement shows the vague outline of a supercar which is partially obscured by blue and purple neon lighting. The most exciting thing about the image is it’s not an MP4-12C. And that can only mean one thing. NEW SUPERCAR!
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Epic Images is a series in which we bring you some of the best pictures from the vehicular world and splash them across your desktop. This week the McLaren 12C GT3 shows off under the floodlights of the pit lane at the 24 Hours of Spa.
The race earlier this month was a reasonably respectable one for the McLaren 12C GT3. Five qualified in the top 20, one took pole in the Pro-Am class (the number 88 car shown here), and the same car placed 4th in the Pro-Am class.
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Money can’t buy taste. If you ever needed proof of that statement then feast your eyes on this abomination. According to McLaren, the guy who forked over the money to have this thing built for himself also owns a McLaren F1, an SLR and a MP4-12C. Unless it’s Stevie Wonder he really should have a quiet word with himself. Because seriously, this thing is awful.
McLaren had the balls to unveil the X-1 at the 2012 Pebble Beach weekend in Monterey, California. Brave stuff considering how supercar manufacturer’s reputations are only as good as their last car. McLaren, your F1 replacement had better be frickin’ awesome because you’re on thin ice with this one.
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The last couple of months have been big for the McLaren MP4-12C. In July the convertible 12C Spider was unveiled, and this weekend at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance McLaren are set to unveil a track-only concept car based on the MP4-12C. Called the McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition the new car features a unique aerodynamic package which increases downforce by 30 per cent, and a boost in engine performance to 630 horsepower.
The one-off car, which was developed by the new race car manufacturing division of McLaren, is solely designed for track use, and it’s aimed in particular at the North American market. Being purely a concept at this stage, and designed as the ‘ultimate track car’, the 12C Can-Am Edition is not subject to the regular racing regulations, despite being based on the McLaren 12C GT3 race car. The upgraded 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine features a unique engine calibration and optimised cooling system, which allows a power output of up to 630hp. McLaren say that makes the 12C Can-Am Edition is the most powerful 12C derivative ever built. Although FAB Design and Hennessey may have something to say about that!
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