McLaren 12C Spider to make its European debut at Windsor Concours of Elegance

Article by Christian A., on September 9, 2012

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.

British actor Henry Cavill from the upcoming Superman movie will drive the 12C Spider, which is also known as the ambassador of the ‘Make Britain GREAT’ campaign. The GREAT campaign has been designed to re-affirm Britain’s international image and offer long-term financial benefits via boosts to its trade, tourism, and education.

In terms of mechanical underpinnings, the new 12C Spider is basically the same as the 12C. Since the 12C is getting an engine upgrade for the 2013 model year, this same twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine will also be found on the new 12C Spider. Delivering total output of 625 PS, this upgraded engine allows the 12C Spider - when rolling on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires - to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.1 seconds, making it as quick as the coupe version. Top speed is at 204 mph (329 km/h).

Likewise, the amount of fuel consumed (24.2 mpg 11.7 liters/100km) as well as the level of carbon dioxide emissions (279 g/km) of the new 12C Spider are also the same as the 12C coupe. These figures – both of combined cycle – are better than those of most high performance convertibles.

Providing cover for the occupants of the new 12C Spider is the Retractable Hard Top (RHT), a fully automatic two-piece design that could be deployed or lowered in less than 17 seconds up to speeds of 30 km/h (19 mph). This RHT is stowed beneath a body-colored hard tonneau cover that integrates two buttresses. Once the RHT is deployed, drivers could use the space beneath the tonneau cover for extra cargo room.

When the RHT is stowed, a heated glass rear window – which may function independently from the roof – automatically moves to an 'aero' position. When the RHT is deployed, the driver could lower the rear window to better hear the roaring audio of its powerful engine. In case of rollovers, occupants are protected by a system that uses a steel structure within each of the rear buttresses. This structure is designed to absorb any impact as well as protect the 12C Spider’s occupants.

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