McLaren MP4-12C Spider is the car featured on the Neiman Marcus 2012 Christmas book

Article by Christian A., on October 10, 2012

Twelve specially-designed Neiman Marcus Edition 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spiders will be featured in the 2012 Christmas Book. McLaren and Texas-based retail chain Neiman Marcus have come together to have a limited-run edition of the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spiders available in its annual Christmas Book as part of the set of “Fantasy Gifts.”

It has several other luxurious offerings such as a Jetlev R200 jet pack ($99,500); a private dinner for 10 cooked by Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Richard Rosendale, and Jerome Bocuse ($250,000), and a walk-on role in the Broadway show Annie: The Musical ($30,000). The most expensive gift costs $1.09 million and includes a first-class trip for two to Paris and Geneva to visit the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, atelier, and watchmaking workshops, together with his and hers watches.

The NM MP4-12C ranks second with a price tag of $354,000, which is $85,750 higher than the MP4-12C Spider’s base price. Buyers get exclusivity first of all. Only 12 samples of the special-edition Neiman Marcus cars will be built. What distinguishes the special edition NM Spider from others are its volcano red paint job, lightweight diamond-cut wheels with gloss black trim, gloss black interior and exterior graphics, contrasting red stitching, and a stainless steel special-edition number badge.

The buyers also get features such as a matching, custom-fit McLaren luggage set; a business-class trip for two with flights to London Heathrow from the continental U.S., two nights and meals at the Coworth Park Hotel near Woking, a tour of McLaren’s Technology Center, and a private dinner with McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis. The Big Brothers Big Sisters charity will receive a donation of $3000 for every purchase.

The aim attached to the creation of tthe 12C Spider and the 12C was to give exclusive sedan-like driving quality and crisp, stable handling. This is a mix of attributes that has never been evident on top-performance roof-down cars.

Convertibles - more likely the fast ones - are prone to having a compromised driving stance and handling. Most of the time, they utilize various suspension options compared to their non-convertible matches. The 12C Spider is a proclamation of exemplary strength and has power supported by the carbon fiber MonoCell. This makes the 12C Spider capable of keeping the exact same suspension factors and settings like the phenomenal 12C.

Anti-roll bars are no longer needed due to the ProActive Chassis Control.

The 12C Spider utilizes the same technology that propelled the 12C to becoming what it is today-- the ProActive Chassis Control. The suspension is patterned on two wishbones that come with coil springs, similar to that of a Formula 1 auto. Modern adaptive dampers, integrated hydraulically and connected to a petrol-filled accumulator, give proactive responses, based on road situations and driver options. Sport, Normal, and Track settings are offered and function individually from the transmission settings.

A particular edge of the ProActive Chassis Control is that it is in no need of commonly used metal anti-roll bars. McLaren Automotive Vehicle Dynamics Manager Paul Burnham said that an anti-roll bar is a known and basic solution to cutting a car's roll. But the issue is that no one can let go of the stiffness, thus cutting down the comfort and smoothness of the ride.

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