McLaren MP4-12C deliveries to North America and Canada now underway

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 17, 2012

Deliveries of the MP4-12C to customers Canada and North America have begun. In celebration of the arrival of the 12C, McLaren is releasing a video of the vehicle and its first street drives all over North America. The video is available in the official YouTube channel of McLaren Automotive at youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv.

It was shot in five sites in the U.S. in some of the key markets where the company has dealerships. Moreover, the video was shot on location at the port of entry of McLaren in Baltimore, MD. The footage features the MP4-12C rolling off the cargo vessel Taisko, which had just arrived from the U.K.

The video was produced and directed by TangentVector's Chief Creative Officer J.F. Musial, who recently introduced DRIVE -- the latest YouTube Original Channel focused on making original automotive content for the Internet.

The MP4-12C's arrival marks the introduction of McLaren Automotive in North America. The company intends to launch a new model in the North American market annually, reaching new enthusiast audiences and expanding its product range. The MP4-12C showcases a 3.8-liter V8 twin turbo engine, which produces 592hp and 600Nm of torque. The innovative sports automobile features no 'carryover' component from any other cars.

It can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds, and only 3.0 seconds if Pirelli PZero Corsa tires are fitted on it.  The unique carbon fiber 'MonoCell' chassis used in the 12C weighs just over 165 pounds, and is an obvious illustration of McLaren's motorsport DNA. In 1981, the company launched a carbon fiber monocoque in Formula 1. It has manufactured every one of its race and road automobile chassis since the same composite material was used.

Splendidly, the McLaren MP4-12C is underpinned by an innovative chassis structure made from carbon fiber -- the Carbon MonoCell. This strong and lightweight chassis structure has been employed in racing cars and its usage in the MP4-12C marks the first time it underpins a car in this segment. Moreover, this marks the first time that a car is based on a one-piece carbon fiber structure. With the Carbon MonoCell, the new MP4-12C sets new standards in terms of performance, handling and ride as well as safety, practicality and fuel economy.

According to Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal of McLaren's racing team, the carmaker’s years of expertise and experience in both motorsport and road cars were factors in the development of the 12C. He noted that by combining its knowledge of race car and road car technologies and taking into consideration the future demands for high performance sports cars, McLaren was able to have a head-start on the project. Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director, remarked that McLaren has already transformed into a carmaker brimming with maturity and experience, thanks to its experience in producing iconic cars like the F1.

Dubbed as a high performance two-seat mid-engine model, the McLaren MP4-12C competes in the 'core' sports car market segment in which offerings are priced between £125,000 and £175,000. McLaren plans to manufacture the new 12C in the United Kingdom and will commence its sales using a dedicated global network of retailers starting early 2011.

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