McLaren brought its all-wheel-drive MP4-12C to the German track as part of its assessments. A video is also available, wherein people from around the world can see engineers making final adjustments prior to the MP4-12C testing. The test was started after a discussion between McLaren brass and test driver Rudi Adams.
This was not an official run. Although a time is displayed at the end, one doesn't get all seven minutes.
What one can get, however, is the sound of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 that provides 592 hp at 7,000 rpm. The McLaren's lap time is behind those of the Gumpert Apollo Sport and the Porsche GT2 RS, and just in front of the Carrera GT and Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The MP4-12C has a weight of 3,161 pounds. It is built mostly with aluminum and carbon fiber. The run was made on the optional Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. The company said that these tires improve its record for the 0-to-124-mph and 0-to-60-mph runs. The McLaren MP4-12C is priced from $229,000.
New McLaren MP4-12C is basically underpinned by a Carbon MonoCell – a result of a technology that the carmaker has pioneered decades ago. Its 1981 Formula 1 MP4/1 model marked the debut of carbon composite construction, thereby setting a trend soon adopted by all Formula 1 teams.
The 1993 McLaren F1 marked the debut of carbon fiber on road cars, thereafter building on this experience by employing a carbon fiber body and chassis on the SLR, which boasts of the same manufacturing standards, but in higher volumes. A carbon fiber chassis has been sought for because of its lightness, strength, longevity and torsional rigidity.
However, carbon fiber chassis has been somewhat exclusive to the most expensive exotic cars. This means that a car underpinned by a carbon fiber chassis – usually with complex design and build – is usually accessible only to the super-rich. But McLaren is changing the game with the 12C, which has become more accessible to more people by making it less costly.
Yes, costs that usually come with the complexity of such structure have been reduced significantly by revolutionary engineering as a one-piece molding. Aside from its dynamic advantages, the 12C MonoCell also allows for more fundamental engineering opportunities. For instance, the 12C MonoCell has been designed to allow a narrower structure, thereby resulting to a more compact car.
The car is installed with the Proactive Chassis Control system that could provide superb handling and ride comfort, which is further augmented by a more focused occupant packaging. On the other hand, the new McLaren MP4-12C also offers the highest specific power output in its class, as complemented by its remarkable power- to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios.
McLaren managing director Antony Sheriff remarked that with the 12C, McLaren is redefining the relationship between performance and efficiency as well as between performance and practicality.
He noted that McLaren designed the 12C from the inside out adding that the car is bound to surprise people in several ways. He noted that the 12C does not just deliver high amount of power, but also does it in a very efficient manner.
In fact, the 12C boasts of offering the highest horsepower to carbon ratio in the market today by delivering around 600hp of output while emitting low levels of carbon dioxide.