Teeravit Hanharutaivan wins Royal College of Art’s contest to build future McLaren

Article by Christian A., on July 20, 2012

The winner of the design competition among students of Royal College of Art’s vehicle design course to build a minimalist McLaren supercar is Teeravit Hanharutaivan. His winning proposal was of an MP4-S, a single-seater for “urban and track racing” use that he built with the use of a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic tub.

We first learned about this competition from Autocar at the start of 2011 when McLaren launched a contest for the best design proposal for a small, stripped-out supercar. McLaren design boss Frank Stephenson managed this ‘Autopure’ competition. He had said previously that before the decade ends, serious work on a totally re-imagined minimalist supercar may be carried out.

McLaren wanted the students to base their proposals for a small vehicle on the brand’s ethos of “everything for a reason” and its emphasis on the social and environmental trends for upcoming vehicles. After students submitted their work at the McLaren Technology Centre, five finalists were chosen. They then built highly finished 3D models. Stephenson selected Hanharutaivan’s design, which is significantly stripped so that it has no dashboard and instead, it uses a head-up display.

Marianna Merenmies’ McLaren JetSet was one of the finalists. She said that her design was focused on aerodynamic efficiency. She said that the challenge was to make a sustainable vehicle that would be liked by high-end customers.

JetSet is powered by an electric motor and is an ultra-light single-seater with widespread use of carbonfibre in the chassis, body and wheels. Its length is 3.7m and its height is 1.03m and it has a proposed drag coefficient of 0.20. It is expected to be priced at £50,000.

McLaren Automotive, instead of being lax and confident because of its accomplishments, has rather revealed a package of improvements that will make the McLaren MP4-12C top performance sports vehicle more exciting to drive but easier to handle.

Spearheading the upgrades is a 25PS (25hp) increase in power. It brings the max output of the centrally mounted, double turbocharged V8 engine to 625PS (616hp) to provide a clearer acceleration with zero loss in efficiency at track speeds. Improvements have been done by McLaren's engineers to the engine of the 12C and SSG transmission enhancing its response. It is relatively user-friendly, and it is more developed via a string of detail enhancements. More options for leather, paint, and wheel provide clients a wider range for customization.

McLaren MP4-12C's one of a kind Intake Sound Generator (ISG) system, which manages the amount of engine sound vibrating in the cabin, is now programmable throughout three various levels in all Powertrain modes. This enables the driver to choose the level of audible ambiance he or she wants to experience wherever he or she may be driving. But another feature that has not changed one bit is the McLaren MP4-12C's functional design, though there is a slight change to the McLaren Speed Marque nameplate.

This newest McLaren MP4-12C, which at its debut set a new standard among the cars in its class for efficiency, strength and innovative technology, is available for purchase now. Clients who have already ordered the 12C have not been disregarded. Each 12C owner is being provided an option for upgrades which include an absolutely free additional 25PS (25hp), sealing McLaren's promise to its clients that the excitement of owning a 12C is as much fun as driving one.

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