With 600 hp in output, the new McLaren MP4-12C is already a speed demon, and now with help of German luxury tuner Wheelsandmore, the sports car has turned into a devil. All Wheelsandmore did was to increase the output of the car’s newly developed 3.8 liter V8 biturbo engine to 666 hp, with 640 Nm of torque.
With that, Wheelsandmore was able to evolve the MP4-12C into "something diabolical." The MP4-12C’s devilish power is brought about by a handcrafted exhaust system, remote-able exhaust valves and optimized control electronics.
The German fine tuner lowered the PCC complex electronic hydraulic suspension system, which controls body roll and the roll-permanently, to 25mm, thus improves improving the car’s handling and steering.
Wheelsandmore also took pain in developing the customized forged wheels for the McLaren MP4-12C. Wheelsandmore constructed 9.0x20" and 12.0x21" sizing and weight-optimized the sports car’s 6Sporz ultralight-forged wheels to avoid a negative effect of the unsprung masses.
The fine tuner installed Continental Sport Contact 5P tires to ensure that ideal contact to the road, with rotations of size 245/30/20" on the front and of size 325/25/21on the rear axle. Wheelsandmore accented the car’s new specs with new looks – giving it a matched Trim-Line-Design stripe with it logotype. And there’s more! Wheelsandmore is currently testing a more devilish plan – to increase the car’s output to a whooping 800 hp!
One big change incorporated in the new McLaren MP4-12C is the Carbon MonoCell, the innovative chassis structure made of carbon fiber. This is the first time that a model for this segment will implement a one-piece carbon structure composed of carbon fiber. It marks the first time a vehicle for this class has used this lightweight yet strong race car engineering solution.
As a result of this change in the design, the MP4-12C is able to set new benchmarks in a number of qualities like performance, ride, and handling. It manages to do the same in terms of practicality, economy, and safety. For a segment that is seen as highly competitive, this is certainly impressive. Being the first model to be released by the new McLaren, this two-seater has a mid-engine configuration. In addition, the MP4-12C is aimed to be part of a segment known as the core sports cars. Under this segment, the vehicles are priced from a low of £125,000 to a high of £175,000.
Commenting on the MP4-12C, McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff revealed that as an automaker, the company already has experience and maturity behind it and proof is that it had made iconic models in the past like the F1. It goes without saying, he added, that the next step would be to come up with a new lineup of high performance sports cars that remain to be in line with not just with the ideas of the company but also highlight the fact that McLaren has long been a leader when it comes to performance and technology.
Thus when the company started the development of this model, Sheriff continued, the goal was to change the rule when it came to designing sports cars. This is the main reason why the MP4-12C is able to outperform many of the more sophisticated and more expensive supercars on the market. The MP4-12C is also equipped with more and better technology.
Thus, Sheriff shared, the new model is expected to be more than a match for a market segment seen as more accessible. To make this possible, the company designed everything to ensure that the MP4-12C would be able to achieve the objectives set for it without the need to compromise anything, he said further. Regarding the fact that the company’s experience in road cars and motorsports played a significant role in developing the new model, the Team Principal of the brand’s racing team, Martin Whitmarsh revealed that McLaren has long been able to deliver a good combination of technologies as it relates to road cars and race cars.
Because of the brand’s tradition of performance, mixed in with what customers demand from high performance sports cars in the future, it allowed the brand to start on the project, Whitmarsh explained. Without a doubt, he further said that the MP4-12C, and likely future generations of it, will continue to be motivated by Formula 1 and remain to offer technological innovations. Since the MP4-12C does not use parts from previous models, it can be considered as a pure McLaren. It will be manufactured through the brand’s facility located in the U.K. with the sale to be conducted through its dedicated retailer network around the world slated in the early part of 2011.