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

Article by Christian A., on January 17, 2014

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.

These numbers push it from o to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.1 second and to a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph). The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a price of almost $300,000, which means that you should expect the same price tag for the hardcore version of the McLaren MP4-12C, which is expected to debut later this year!

Because of the dynamic behavior present in the Ferrari 458 Speciale, maximum driving excitement is guaranteed no matter what the situation is. Drivers are able to both match and then enhance their very own limits easily. In fact, this new model even offers powerful driving experience even when running at low speeds. Responsive while at the same time nimble, this model shows its capabilities on twisty roads through challenging camber changes and switchbacks.

The addition of new technical features has resulted in an improvement on the lap time, over single laps, of this 458 Speciale. In addition, this performance can be repeated on succeeding laps without one needing to be an actual professional driver. No doubt that it offers driving pleasure at unmatched levels. With the 458 Speciale, Ferrari said that it will serve to launch the Side Slip Angle Control or SSC.

This allows for an almost effortless car control, resulting in increasing the enjoyment the driver experiences. The SSC is able to do all of these due to the new cutting-edge software that is able to determine the speed, steering wheel angle, yaw angle, and lateral acceleration. Using reference data, the SSC can immediately carry out an analysis of the side slip angle and thus allow for controllable and smooth oversteer.

It also optimizes the torque management through the use of the F1-Trac traction control. Optimized as well is the differential torque distribution presence in the two driven wheels, using the E-Diff electronic differential, to ensure vehicle response times is at maximum.

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