Video: McLaren 12C Spider versus snowboarder

Article by Anita Panait, on March 25, 2013

McLaren Automotive is showing a new short film to mark the start of deliveries of the 12C Spider in North America. The short film shows the 12C Spider, driven by drift champion Rhys Millen, racing against professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics in the ever-perilous and snow-covered Loveland Pass in Colorado.

Millen is the current overall record holder for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and is the 2005 Formula Drift champion as well as 2008 Drifting World Champion. Millen has appeared in more than 500 advertisements in around 20 years. He also appeared in films like the Fast and the Furious series and Indiana Jones.

He is currently working on a new film project that will be soon released. Millen remarked that it was an honor to have driven the McLaren 12C Spider up the “twisty snowy mountain roads” of the Loveland Pass.

Co-starring in the short film is professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics, challenging the 12C Spider by taking the most direct route across the snow-covered landscape. Sladics, an eight-time competitor at the winter X-Games, has hosted snowboarding contests on ESPN.

Loveland, situated 11,990 feet (3,655 meters) above sea level, is the highest mountain pass in the world that remains open during the winter months. The short film was produced and directed by J.F. Musial, Founder of Tangent Vector. He recently launched a YouTube channel -- DRIVE -- that focuses on creating original automotive content for the Web.

McLaren unveiled the 12C Spider in North America during the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 12C Spider is powered by 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine that provides 616 bhp, which is transmitted to the rear-driven wheels through a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. The sports car boasts of a distinct Retractable Hard Top (RHT) folding roof system as well as a carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis similar to that of the 12C.

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