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DMC Velocita Wind Edition based on McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren already replaced the MP4-12C with the all-new 650S but for those who own one, DMC revealed the Velocita Wind Edition. Set to take the MP4-12C to a new level, the new Velocita Wind Edition you see in the photos is actually owned by a Saudi Arabian and was spotted on the French Riviera.

As you can see, the vehicle is heavily modified and comes with a new front bumper with new canards, a front lip spoiler, new side skirts, a new rear spoiler as well as a new rear air diffuser. Moreover, there is a new titanium exhaust system.

The new customization programme takes its name from the new roof-mounted scoop and from the new rear wing. For those who don’t know, the standard McLaren MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 616 hp and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds and to 200 km/h (200 mph) in 8.8 seconds.

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McLaren ceases 12C production but offers free Technology Upgrade program

The McLaren 12C (formerly known as the MP4-12C) has been on the market for a while now, as it was unveiled in September 2009 and went on sale in mid-2011. Back in March, McLaren launched the 650S Coupe and Spider, a vehicle that featured a front end inspired by the awesome P1 hypercar, while the rear end was “borrowed” from the 12C.

And the inevitable happened as McLaren announced the existing owners of the 12C that the company will cease production of 12C in light of the success of the 650S. Still, this isn’t the end o the 12C because Mclaren is offering the current owners a free Technology Upgrade program. Available from June, this program will offer a new Active Aero software for the Airbrake that will make it ‘sense’ different driving scenarios.

According to McLaren, the software will improve stability when lifting off the throttle or cresting a hill. Moreover, the program will include a DRS (Drag Reduction System) mode which lowers the wing when driving at high speeds in a straight line, in order to improve aerodynamics.

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McLaren plans on a hardcore version of the 12C to take on Ferrari 458 Speciale

It appears that the Ferrari 458 Speciale what was unveiled back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show made quite an impression and the news that the production of this vehicle is already sold out for this year convinced other carmakers to follow the same strategy. As a result, McLaren will offer an enhanced version of the MP4-12C that will deliver better on-road performance, exceeding that of the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

According to Autocar, McLaren declined to make any comment on this story, but an unknown source told the British magazine that the new vehicle will be based on the same carbonfibre Monocell as the 12C while the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine will be tuned to about 650 hp.

As expected, the new McLaren will have a slightly different design than the standard 12C and will take more styling influences from the range-topping McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar. Moreover, the interior will also be upgraded. Regarding the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine rated at 605 hp and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque.

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McLaren Group unveils McLaren GREAT 12C liveried car

McLaren Group has unveiled its latest GREAT campaign liveried car, a McLaren 12C. The GREAT 12C has been designed to support as well as inspire British innovation. The unit dons the GREAT campaign’s graphics and the message ‘Innovation is GREAT.’ The GREAT 12C does not only underscore McLaren’s support for the GREAT campaign, but also highlights the United Kingdom's highly innovative technology sector.

The carmaker unveiled the GREAT 12C at the McLaren Technology Centre, graced by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, Jenson Button. The GREAT campaign is aiming to reaffirm the UK's international reputation as well as deliver long-term economic benefits via additional tourism, investment and education.

McLaren 12C is considered as an ideal vehicle to showcase the UK as a hotbed of innovation since it is produced entirely in the UK at the McLaren Production Centre. 12C also features innovative technologies that were results of the carmaker's 50 years of experience and experience in Formula 1.

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A used 2012 McLaren MP4-12C is on sale at Miller Motorcars’ McLaren of Greenwich. An interested buyer may mistake this used 2012 McLaren MP4-12C as a prototype version. However, a closer look at the vehicle would reveal that it is actually the McLaren MP4-12C Greenwich Edition. The specs of this used McLaren car are just like other MP4-12Cs except that it wears the carmaker’s special camouflage vinyl skin that’s typically seen on spied test cars.

It reportedly took three days to completely apply the special camouflage vinyl skin on the McLaren MP4-12C Greenwich edition. It is said that the swirling white lines on the black background actually mirror race tracks around the world. Aside from this exterior detail, everything else is a typical 2012 McLaren MP4-12C that is powered by a 3.8-liter V-8 that provides up to 592 hp of output and 443 lb-ft of torque.

The engine that sits on the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C has an upgraded output of 616 hp. Having a price of just $259,035, the used McLaren MP4-12C Greenwich edition has 4100 miles on the odometer and features a surround sound system, sports exhaust, and the Stealth package. The used 2012 MP4-12C for sale clearly carries a premium, considering that a 2013 McLaren 12C bears a starting tag of $241,800, before options.

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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.

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McLaren GT will soon offer a limited production run of the track-focused 12C GT Can-Am Edition. McLaren made this announcement at an exclusive event set before the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas and following the much-applauded debut of the one-off design study at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this summer.

Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme were the inspiration behind the limited edition track-special model. Both were successful at having raced a range of McLaren models in the Can-Am series. They racked up several championships for Bruce McLaren Racing. McLaren GT, the McLaren Group’s race car manufacturing arm, will deliver not over 30 units of the 12C GT Can-Am Edition.

This model is dubbed as the ‘ultimate track car’, which isn’t limited by the accustomed racing rules of the 12C GT3 racer, which was its basis. Each car will be equipped with an unrestricted variant of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with a one-of-a-kind engine calibration. It also features a cooling system that was optimized to raise its power output of up to 630hp, earning the 12C GT Can-Am Edition the recognition as the most powerful 12C ever built.

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Hamann unveiled today the Mclaren Mp4-12C “memoR”, an exquisitely colourful piece of art based on the well-known supercar. Although the McLaren Mp4-12C is already an awesome supercar, Hamann decided that it can improve the design and added stylistic borrowings from the 1995 winner at LeMans, the McLaren.

As a result, the front end was modified and received new carbon mudguards, air outlets and expressive front apron replacing the original components. Moreover, Hamann added a new set of LED daytime running lights as well as a new carbon front spoiler. The kit also includes new side aprons and larger air inlets on the flanks but also a new carbon bonnet.

The rear end includes a new wing, new rear apron with recesses for the three tailpipes of the exhaust system. The design is completed by the "UNIQUE FORGED formula" forged rims wrapped in high performance tires. Regarding the interior, Hamann promises that it will modify it in order to match the needs of the customers. Pricing for the conversion of the McLaren MP4-12C starts at 95.000, - Euro plus tax.

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Based on the rate at which the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book cars were sold, we know that the cool factor of the new 2013 McLaren 12C Spider is higher than a Jaguar XJL but it isn’t cooler than a Ferrari FF, a Chevrolet Camaro Convertible or a Bmw 7-Series. It took less than two hours to sell out the new McLaren.

The Ferrari FF last year sold out in 50 minutes while the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible sold out in 2010 in just three minutes. To put it into perspective, there were only 10 Ferraris offered so it’s quite impressive that 100 Camaros sold out in a ridiculously short amount of time. For this year, there were only twelve 2013 12C Spiders available. This meant that one 12C Spider was sold every 10 minutes.

Buyers of the Neiman Marcus 12C will also be some of the first Spider owners in the U.S. Neiman Marcus said that these cars are likely to arrive by Christmas, while all other 12C Spiders are scheduled to arrive around the start of 2013. McLaren was the exclusive automotive partner of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book this year.

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The 12C Spider, the second model in the lineup, will be seen at the inaugural Windsor Concours of Elegance as part of a four car McLaren display. This is both its European debut as well as its first royal event. The 12C Spider will be unveiled at the Windsor Castle. The 12C Spider was recently unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

But after this, the 12C Spider (which has a striking Volcano Yellow finish) will be presented as part of a lineup that represents McLaren Automotive, McLaren GT and McLaren Racing. These models form a diverse group of the rarest and exclusive road and racing cars to be displayed at the Windsor Castle, which lends a regal backdrop that’s very dramatic.

Another example of the 12C Spider is set to be presented on September 9 as a part of the Octane Jubilee Tour of Elegance. In celebration of the Queen’s 60 years as the monarch, one automotive icon will be featured for each year. Concluding the parade is the 12C Spider, which stands for 2012 -- the Diamond year of The Queen’s reign.

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The new race car making unit of the McLaren Group, McLaren GT, is showcasing a track-focused concept at the Pebble Beach Concours. The 12C Can-Am Edition marks the debut of a 12C racing variant outside Europe.  The carmaker gave the 12C Can-Am Edition a McLaren Orange finish, as homage to the cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme that met extraordinary success throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The McLaren Orange finish is in sharp contrast to the roof, door and bumper sections, which are finished in satin black. 12C Can-Am Edition also features carbon fibre side radiator vanes, wing mirrors and engine cover.

McLaren badges on the front and rear of the 12C Can-Am Edition are also finished in carbon fibre. The 12C Can-Am Edition is underpinned by the same carbon fibre MonoCell chassis that supports the conventional 12C road car. Since the 12C Can-Am Edition is just a pure concept, designed as the ‘ultimate track car’ and despite being based on the 12C GT3 race car, it is not subject to any regular racing regulations.

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McLaren Automotive is featuring the new McLaren 12C Spider on a high quality short film at its official YouTube channel at youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv. The start of the short film centers on a 12C Spider, finished in glorious Volcano Red, cruising in high speed on track and then proceeding to the winding mountain roads of Andalucía in Southern Spain.

The scenes on the short film underscore the 12C Spider’s positioning as a luxury convertible sports car that provides a dynamic mix of performance and usability. Early in the short film, the 12C Spider has its Retractable Hard Top lowered while it cruises, highlighting the model’s unique trait that rival sports cars don’t have.

The 12C Spider could completely retract its hard top in just less than 17 seconds. The short film features McLaren Automotive Test Driver and British Touring Car Championship star Mat Jackson who demonstrates why the carmaker believes it has developed a sports car that includes ‘open-top thrills’ in a set of technology packages inspired by its Formula 1 race cars.

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After one teaser, the McLaren 12C Spider became official today and showed us the RHT folding roof system. Priced from £195,500 in the UK, the new car is powered by the same 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine found on the coupe and capable to deliver 625 PS. The 12C Spider can sprint from 0 tp 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds, which means it is as fast at the coupe.

Still, the coupe is with 0.1 seconds faster than the spider when it sprints from 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) as the coupe achieves this speed in just 6.0 seconds. From 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) the coupe sprints in 8.8 seconds, while the new 12C Spider needs 9.0 seconds.

The 12C Spider has a top speed of 329 km/h (204 mph) while the coupe hits 333 km/h or 207 mph. Both models need 11.7 liters of fuel for 100 km (62 miles).

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After the official letter to the customers, McLaren released the details and specs of the updated MP4-12C supercar. As expected, the 2013MY McLaren MP412-C comes with a 25 PS power increase, which means that the total output delivered by the engine is 625 PS or 616 hp. The vehicle uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, while the CO2 emissions remaini at just 279 g/km, and fuel economy recorded at 24.2 mpg (combined).

The engine is mated to the 7-speed SSG transmission and is capable to push the MP4-12C from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.1 same as the 2012MY. The difference is seen on the sprint from 0 to 124 mph (200km/h) which is made in 8.8 seconds (2012MY made it in 8.9 seconds) and at the sprint from 0 to 186 mph (300 km/h) which is made in 26.5 (with 1 second faster than the 2012MY). Top speed was also increased from 205 mph (330 km/h) to 207 mph or 333 km/h.

Moreover, the 2013 MP4-12C features an innovative Intake Sound Generator (ISG) capable to control the engine intake noise within the cabin. The driver will be able the select the level of engine noise delivered in each mode through an electronic menu accessible via the instrument cluster.

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If you are the happy owner of a McLaren MP4-12C, you will be happy to know that the company if offering free ECU (Engine Control Unit) upgrades for its well known supercar. If the standard vehicle is powered by a 3.8-liter V8 engine delivering 441 kW (592 bhp / 600 PS) and 599 Nm (442 lb-ft) from 3,000 rpm, now the vehicle will receive an extra 25 PS.

According to an official letter from McLaren Automotive's Managing Director Antony Sheriff, MP4-12C owners will receive a free 25 PS upgrade for their car as well as a number of features that initial customers have requested such as remote opening of the passenger door, programmable engine note and enhanced equalization options on the Meridian surround sound system.

The upgrade will be available in October 2012, same time when the company will upgrade the IRIS system.

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The fact that 40% of the MP4-12C units that McLaren has produced were bought in the U.S. is a surprise. But more so to McLaren Automotive boss Antony Sheriff who had warned the company that it might not do so well in the U.S. As of February, McLaren had built 1,000 units of the MP4-12C. Sheriff knows quite a bit about the issue since he has been working in Europe for numerous years.

He was born in the U.S. and grew up there, later getting engineering and economics from Swarthmore College before starting his career as a product planner for Chrysler in 1987. At the Geneva show, he revealed that as a kid, his friends in the U.S. didn’t know McLaren and would certainly never wake up at 6 am to watch Formula 1 with him on ESPN.

Most of the racing fans weren’t too crazy about the sport and would engage in it during the weekend or would just go to a few IndyCar races. He also said that the popularity of the Bruce and Denny show has passed by then. He was referring to Can-Am series of the late ’60s founded by Bruce McLaren and Denis Hulme, who made the thundering orange McLaren M8 sports racers legendary.

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Hertz UK is now offering the McLaren MP4-12C supercar for rent with a starting price of $1,800 for a single day mid-week. This is made possible by Hertz’s recent partnership with Premiere Velocity, a luxury-car rental specialist in the UK. If the supercar is rented for over 28 days, the daily rates are dropped to about $1,445.

Michel Taride, president of Hertz International, said that Hertz aims to provide its customers with “truly innovative rental experiences to our customers.” He said that by renting the McLaren MP4-12C, customers are able to experience Formula 1 racing technologies on the road.

If you want to book the supercar, you simply have to go to Hertzsupercars.com, where leasers overseas can make reservations for a wide variety of vehicles such as a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

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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.

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Deliveries of the MP4-12C to customers Canada and North America have begun. In celebration of the arrival of the 12C, McLaren is releasing a video of the vehicle and its first street drives all over North America. The video is available in the official YouTube channel of McLaren Automotive at youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv.

It was shot in five sites in the U.S. in some of the key markets where the company has dealerships. Moreover, the video was shot on location at the port of entry of McLaren in Baltimore, MD. The footage features the MP4-12C rolling off the cargo vessel Taisko, which had just arrived from the U.K.

The video was produced and directed by TangentVector's Chief Creative Officer J.F. Musial, who recently introduced DRIVE -- the latest YouTube Original Channel focused on making original automotive content for the Internet.

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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.

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