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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Summer’s well and truly here. And what better way for a millionaire to celebrate than drop the top on his new McLaren MP4-12C. Trouble is that until today they would’ve need an angle grinder to do just that. Well put the power tools down Mr Monopoly because today McLaren have unveiled the convertible version of the MP4-12C. It’s called the 12C Spider and aside from the folding hardtop roof the cars are identical.
The McLaren 12C Spider uses the same carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis as the MP4-12C, with literally no modifications as the chassis is so stiff it doesn’t require any extra strengthening despite the lack of a roof. The only concession for a convertible roof is a slight 40kg (88 lb) weight increase. Performance is only marginally affected too. Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes the same 3.1 seconds as the fixed-roof car, however the 0-124 mph (0-200km/h) time is 0.2 seconds slower at 9.0 seconds, and the top speed is fractionally less at 204 mph (329 km/h).
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FAB Design is a Swiss supercar tuning company who in the past have created some, shall we say “controversial” designs. The odd looking Mercedes-McLaren SLR Desire from 2009 being one of their more extreme offerings. However for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show FAB Design have pulled out something rather nice. The McLaren MP4-12C Terso features a number of comprehensive body modifications, but this time FAB Design have actually managed to improve the look of the car on which it is based. The standard McLaren MP4-12C is almost always given a little bit of criticism for being a little too bland. FAB Design’s upgrades are definatley not bland. But they also compliment, rather than clash with, the overall character of the MP4-12C.
From the front the FAB Design McLaren MP4-12C Terso almost looks like a bigger, beefier version of the stunning Artega GT. The gentle curving air intakes of the standard McLaren have been replaced with more aggressive angular openings. The front bumper is completely new, as are the side intakes and rear bumper. Two new spoilers have also made it onto the car, one at the rear, and one mounted just ahead of the windscreen.
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