Mansory reveals modified MP4-12C in time for Geneva Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on March 1, 2012

Mansory prides itself as a supplier of valuable automobile possessions and so, as the 2012 Geneva Motor Show approaches, it unveiled a heavily modified McLaren MP4-12C that suits its prestige and pride. One look at the Mansory modified MP4-12C and one could tell right away how it’s different from the series vehicles. Mansory gave the McLaren MP4-12C a body package that features ultralight bonnet with exposed carbon-fibre sections and proprietary daytime driving lights. The company also implemented a number of design measures aimed at boosting the car’s aerodynamics, like increasing the car’s width by 60 millimetres by installing carbon fibre-wings.

The wings are not only the components made of carbon fibre, hardened by high pressure and temperature,  but also the car’s roof, the front and rear apron, and the mirror housing. Mansory’s high-tech innovation significantly decreased the car’s weight, thus improving its acceleration values, braking distance and fuel consumption. Mansory also redesigned the MP4-12C’s side sill to allow airflow to be steady between the two axles.

The company also installed a wing profile, which when combined with the diffuser, allows greater contact pressure on the rear axle. The upgrade includes a new engine-management system, high-performance exhaust system, and a sports air filter with increased air throughflow. When working together, they result in an engine power of 670 PS / 493 kW at 7,100 rpm, compared to series’ 608 PS / 447 kW at 7,000 rpm regular output.

The upgrade also allowed the engine to reach a maximum torque of a whopping 675 Nm at the range of 3,000 to 6,500 rpm, compared with the series’ 600 Nm at 3,000 - 6,500. This vastly increased the MP4-12C’s top speed to 353 km/h. Mansory also fitted the MP4-12C with ultralight robust metal wheels, with wheel-tire set up of 9.0Jx20-inch wheel for 245/30ZR20 tires at the front. Mansory also paired the 11Jx21-inch wheels with 305/25ZR21 tyres at the rear.

In developing and creating the McLaren MP4-12C, the carmaker has made sure that all of its parts are all new and distinctly McLaren, with no components coming or adopted from other vehicles of other carmakers. One of these components is the engine of the 12C – a McLaren 'M838T' 3.liter V8 twin-turbo engine that sends 600 bhp to the rear wheels through a McLaren seven speed Seamless Shift dual clutch gearbox (SSG). This engine should set new standards in terms of power and performance as well as in fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions. The performance of this engine is complemented by active aerodynamics which helps improve 12C’s other attributes like its grip, road holding and handling.

Sheriff remarked that the 12C is all about performance, which is broadly defined at McLaren. He noted that for the carmaker, performance is not about top speed, but is also about in-gear acceleration times, braking performance, power delivery efficiency, fuel consumption and carbon emissions. He quipped that the speedy 12C leads all sports cars in terms of efficiency and drivability. Sheriff added that with the 12C, McLaren is setting new standards in its class in the areas of handling, road-holding, driver involvement, day-to-day usability and comfort.

McLaren conducted intense engineering, market research and concept development – all of which moved the carmaker to create a new mid-engined two-door high performance sports car. To ensure that this new McLaren is laden with superb dynamic qualities, the carmaker employed wind tunnel testing and conducted driving simulations.

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