McLaren head Ron Dennis said that its latest supercar (the spiritual successor to the F1) won’t be as fast as the iconic F1 in the 1990s. Dennis was a speaker at the opening of the new Trivett McLaren dealership in Sydney. He said that this supercar will be unveiled in May. He also said that it was never the brand’s intention to exceed the F1’s top speed of 391 km/h or take the record from the Bugatti Veyron.
He pointed out that the MP4-12C could go faster than an F1 in any circuit but he wants to eliminate the obsession on top speed. Instead, McLaren’s focus has been on the “complete package of performance.”
He believes that the McLaren will soon reveal the world’s most technologically advanced supercar to compete with those made by Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.
He said that McLaren’s next car comes with many technologies that don’t even exist yet. He said that just between 300 and 500 samples of this car will be built. He expressed confidence that this car will be the “most innovative, creative supercar” of its time.
He revealed that the supercar and a new, more affordable model that will be placed under the 12C will use the carbon fibre central structure of the 12C, named monocell.
It will still use the McLaren-designed 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine but it will now have a better performance and maybe even more capacity. It is expected to be mated to a hybrid system to improve performance and reduce fuel consumption. However, the styling will be very different from the conservative 12C.
McLaren is the pioneer in using carbon composite construction in the 1981 Formula MP4/1 model. Since then, it has been setting the trends that the Formula 1 teams quickly follow. The Carbon MonoCell is the heart of the new car. It is also the very same company that brought carbon fibre to road cars with the 1993 McLaren F1 and built on this experience with the carbon fibre chassis. The SLR’s body is manufactured with the very same standards and a much higher volume.
Even today, the carbon chassis is the trademark of the most expensive exotic cars. The cost is associated with the complexity of the design and structure of the carbon fibre chassis. It is truly a car for the super-rich.
The 12C introduces the advantage of carbon composite. Among these advantages are its high strength, light weight, longevity, and torsional rigidity. It is revolutionary engineered as a one-piece moulding to make it more affordable. A carbon fibre chassis has never been produced in this manner previously.
The 12C MonoCell provides fundamental engineering opportunities, which is the basis of the car’s distinct character. The design leans towards a narrower structure, which contributes to a more compact car.
It is easier to position on the road and easier to drive. The carbon technology used in the 12C MonoCell has made it truly unique. The car has the highest specific power output and offers excellent torque-to-weight ratios. Its Proactive Chassis Control System provides ground-breaking handling and a comfortable ride and boasts a combination of comfort and usability.