If converted to sales, the number of expressions of interests to buy McLaren's new MP4-12C translates to two years of production. So far, McLaren has received over 2,700 firm expressions of interests.
When the MP4-12C was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month, it was applauded by those who attended the show, as well as potential customers. After having done over one million test miles in five continents, the MP4 is now entering its final stages of development.
At the McLaren Production Centre, preparations are underway for car production starting in early 2011. However, initial production will begin later this year at the McLaren Technology Centre.
The MP4 has a target price of less than £175,000. McLaren boss Ron Dennis has made a pledge that buyers will be getting the fastest car that money can buy that's built of the highest quality and has the highest level of dealer and aftersales support from any carmaker.
The MP4 is powered by a Ricardo-developed twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 90-degree V8 engine that can rev to 8500rpm, with its maximum 592bhp output arriving at 7000rpm.
The peak 442lb ft of torque is available from 3000rpm, although 80% is available between 2000-6500rpm. McLaren claims that this car can sprint from zero to 124mph in less than 10 seconds, and stop from 124mph in less than five seconds. When running at a speed of 100mph, the car can stop in 30 metres (about seven car lengths).