Hennessey Performance to offer upgrade package for McLaren MP4-12C

Article by Anita Panait, on February 3, 2012

Hennessey Performance is offering an upgrade package for the McLaren MP4-12C that would turn the supercar into a more superior 800-hp hypermachine. Although the car still runs on 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine, Hennessey provided the improvements to chip in an additional 208 hp by upgrading the turbos, intercooler and air-intake system. The Texas tuner also fitted a titanium exhaust, new waste gates and blow-off valves. Hennessey tuned the transmission to handle the extra engine power.

A regular McLaren MP4-12C could accelerate from zero to 60 mph and has a top speed of 205 mph. Following the tune up, the figures are sure to improve drastically. Hennessey admits that it did not touch the car’s brakes and the suspension.

The tuner, however, gave MP4-12C a Carbon Aero body kit, Hennessey blacked-out monoblock wheels and a custom interior. The car’s is also given a blood-red finish. The car’s engine parts will be available in pieces or as a package at prices that have yet to be announced. Hennessey’s upgrade package is installed under a two-year/24,000-mile guarantee.

"We've been taking fast cars and have been making them faster for over twenty years," said company founder and president John Hennessey. "I spent a lot of time around the new 12C at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed and was very impressed. We're excited to have the opportunity to take a great car and give it our own special performance touch while giving 12C owners a uniquely aggressive appearance".

McLaren has been a world leader in a lot of things in 1981. They were the first Formula 1 team to bring carbon composites into their vehicles, a trend which all other F1 cars soon followed and in 1993 they were the first to use carbon figure in road cars with the McLaren F1.

By using a process they had become experts at, they brought this knowledge to the road and developed carbon fibre chassis for the mass market.

For the longest time, carbon fibre vehicles only catered to the well-to-do but this is no longer the case. With carbon figure becoming increasing common place, it has made it more achievable for other manufacturers to be involved depending upon the complexity of the designs.

McLaren's 12C aims to change all of this by removing the complexities people may usually expect in a carbon composite vehicle and introducing its strengths such as its rigidity, its light weight, its strength and the exceptional way in which it can be moulded into a single sheet.

Other benefits of the 12C MonoCell include its road positioning due in turn to its narrowness, its agility and the feel of being behind the wheel. McLaren has developed something truly unique with the 12C not just due to the use of carbon technology but also because of the incredible power contained in the vehicle. Its lightweight structure gives it an incredible power to weight ratio and due to the inclusion of the Proactive Chassis Control, the 12C comes with unbeatable manoeuvrability and comfort.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren's Head of Design said at MacLaren, they’re always aiming to up the standard, not just for ourselves but its customers too. The company also wants customers to expect the best from their car, no matter the make or model. This is why the 12C MonoCell is so instrumental in its philosophy. It is a major step in providing efficiency, power and performance in a light weight frame. The 12C is a market leader and will prove that McLaren can compete with the rest of the world and win.

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