After McLaren divulged that it has been developing a new supercar dubbed the MP4-27, all that its fans could ever talk about is if this is the much-awaited successor for the F1 supercar. There’s no confirmation yet though. McLaren made the announcement about the MP4-27 at the opening of the McLaren Production Center. British Prime Minister David Cameron himself was present at this event.
It’s better not to get too excited as it’s possible that this supercar doesn’t have anything to do with the F1 supercar. McLaren has released two videos that cover this report as well as provides a virtual tour of the new facility.
It's a philosophy that is at the cornerstone of McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis's view for the future of the Group. He said: "Through everything we do, McLaren strives to find the solution." "We never stop. We exist to go faster; to be state-of-the-art; to innovate; to perform with belief, flair and passion; to be the absolute best at what we do. And everything that McLaren is has been built on the founding principles of good design and solid, seamlessly efficient engineering and manufacturing."
The McLaren MP4-12C got its design principles from McLaren’s Formula 1 cars, where every detail, line and surface exist for a reason and with a function in mind. This design philosophy helps ensure that the 12C communicates its superior engineering through its styling and that it will remain as a timeless automotive masterpiece.
According to McLaren Automotive Design Director Frank Stephenson, plenty of sports cars and super cars project an ‘in-your-face’ and ‘look-at-me’ appearance that can turn “boorish.” However, he explains that “great design is timeless” and would remain relevant many years after. He cited the McLaren F1 as an example.
Stephenson hopes that with the 12C, McLaren has produced a car that looks great today and will retain its amazing look several years down the line.
The new McLaren 12C boasts a body that is designed to support downforce with sector-leading levels, which then contribute to sector-leading levels of lateral grip and stability. The new design also manages air flow to support all performance-related figures as well as light weight targets.
For one, the radiators are positioned adjacent to the engine so the car is kept narrow and weight is reduced. However, this makes it challenging to ensure sufficient air flow to the radiators which, in turn, results to large side air scoops and integrated turning vanes becoming dramatic, albeit purely functional.
The challenge for designers is to take this styling purpose, which is driven by engineering aspirations, and add personality to the car. This is why the air scoops resemble McLaren’s logo, as do the car’s other features.
Two ‘pure’ lines flow around the new McLaren 12C that, when combined with several convex and concave surfaces, give the car a compact, well-proportioned, and low appearance.
According to Ron Dennis, it’s now the time for McLaren Automotive to turn into a full-line high-performance sports car manufacturer. Dennis is the owner, CEO, chairman and founder of McLaren Technology Group, which houses a Formula 1 team. He notes that there is a high worldwide demand for high-performance cars, thanks to great vehicles from great competitors, and with McLaren joining the list, this demand will grow stronger.
Dennis adds that what McLaren is offering is a new approach to the automotive market through its solid, skilled, debt-free and risk-managed profile. He applauded McLaren for this move and for providing support to the growth of high-technology manufacturing and engineering jobs in the UK.