If yesterday it was just a rumor, McLaren officially announced today its second model, the open roofed 12C Spider. As expected, the car is powered by the same twin-turbo V8 found on the coupe version, delivering 625 PS, as well as same super stiff carbon fibre MonoCell chassis.
McLaren also released an official image of the car and the first man to drive the car (at least in photos) is Jenson Button. Just like the Ferrari 458 Spider, the McLaren 12C Spider will use a folding hard roof.
Moreover, McLaren released also a video and announced that the open top 12C Spider will be officially revealed on July 3rd, next week. “One man used to excitement behind the wheel is Jenson Button. McLaren questioned him at last weekend’s European Grand Prix about what speed means to him, the connection he feels with the machine he drives and about what he senses when driving a 300 km/h open top car. But is he talking about his MP4-27 Formula 1 car or the 12C Spider? Go to www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv to find out.” said the press release.
The latest McLaren MP4-12C Spider, launched in the Golden State at the weekend of the 2012 Pebble Beach, is the second car in the expanding roster of top performance sports vehicles from McLaren Automotive. This light, mi-range engine convertible sports vehicle puts together the stunning capacity of the 12C with the pumped up excitement of roof-down driving. The 12C Spider is unique to other convertibles because it can provide the same performance, driving excitement and handling like the fixed-roof coupé variant.
12C Spider utilizes carbon fiber MonoCell like the 12C which is the best in the industry. It does not need any additional strengthening to give the essential strength and rigidity for a top down vehicle. In traditional aluminum or steel chassis vehicles, additional strengthening (with its integrated additional weight) is typical during the transition from a fixed-head car to open-roof convertible. This can affect performance, ride and handling.
The built of a sports vehicle, the ride of a convertible
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said that in the latest 12C Spider, clients get the best of everything. Drivers get all the driving capabilities of the previous model, plus the excitement of an open-roof ride.
The Spider uses all of McLaren's Formula 1 expertise and wisdom at manufacturing light driver-centered sports vehicles. Just like its predecessor, the 12C Spider is a solid McLaren model. It does not settle for anything less than exemplary performance and driving enjoyment, but with a plus factor of a roof-down ride. There is no other sports vehicle that has these attributes.