It’s finally here, after waiting nearly two decades, Mclaren has finally released it’s all-new and all-Mclaren roadcar – the 2011 MP4-12C. The car features modern styling that was designed to be timeless and relevant for years to come. And while the car may look generic and like every other Ferrari, Lotus or whatever you can come up with, Mclaren points out that virtually every aspect was designed to be fully functional. The new car also carries traditional Mclaren cues, but that’s mostly limited to the F1-inspired dihedral doors and air scoops that resemble the Mclaren logo. At the rear, the car features LED taillights and center-mounted dual exhaust tips.
Inside things are rather different than the original F1, the MP4-12C comes with a luxurious cabin with a slim center console, and a 7-inch touch screen. Other design features include a low cowl for improved visibility, a button-less sports steering wheel, and door-mounted climate control knobs.
The MP4-12C is powered by a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which produces around 600bhp and 600Nm of torque. And thanks to a dry sump and a flat plane crankshaft, the engine can be effectively placed extremely low in the chassis for a low center of gravity which naturally improves handling. And putting all that power to the tarmac is a seven-speed “Seamless Shift” dual clutch gearbox (with the usual normal, sport and high performance modes).
Till now Mclaren has not released any performance data but they did state that they focused on “useable measures such as in-gear acceleration times, braking performance, the efficiency of power delivery, and achieving the lowest possible fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.”
As you would expect, McLaren drew heavily on their racing knowledge when developing the MP4-12C. For example, the car rides on an 80 kg (176 lbs) one-piece carbon fiber chassis – dubbed the Carbon MonoCell – which was specially designed to be lightweight, strong, and durable. The supercar also features an advanced Brake Steer system, which helps to cancel out understeer when entering corners as well as providing improved traction on the way out. Other performance features include forged aluminum brake hubs, an Airbrake system and a Pre-Cog transmission function that “primes” the gearbox for the next shift.
More information on the MP4-12C as it approaches its 2011 launch date.