The McLaren MP4-12C is the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1. The car's final design was unveiled in 2009, and the production car was launched in 2011. The MP4-12C features a carbon fibre composite chassis and is powered by a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that develops approximately 592 bhp (and around 443 lbft of torque. This car makes use of Formula 1 sourced technologies such as "brake steer", where the inside rear wheel is braked during fast cornering to reduce understeer. Power is transmitted to the wheels through a 7-speed Seamless Shift dual-clutch gearbox. The chassis is based around a F1 style one-piece carbon fibre tub, called the Carbon MonoCell that weighs only 80 kg. The MonoCell is made in a single pressing - this has reduced the time required to produce a MonoCell from 3,000 hours for the F1 and 500 hours for the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, to an amazing and revolutionary 4 hours for the MP4-12C.
"MP4" has been the chassis designation for all McLaren Formula 1 cars since 1981. MP4 has stood for McLaren Project 4 resulting from the merger of Ron Dennis' Project 4 organisation with McLaren. The '12' refers to McLaren's internal Vehicle Performance Index through which it rates key performance criteria both for competitors and for its own cars. The criteria combines power, weight, emissions, and aerodynamic efficiency. The coalition of all these values delivers an overall performance index that has been used as a benchmark throughout the car's development. The 'C' refers to Carbon, highlighting the application of carbon fibre technology to the future range of McLaren sports cars.
McLaren have stated the MP4-12C can accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.9 seconds. The car has a top speed in excess of 200 mph and can brake from 200 km/h (124 mph) to a complete stop in under 5 seconds!
This one owner UK delivered car was supplied in June 2013 and has covered just 1,900 miles from new. The car is presented in special order Sapphire Black paintwork with a black dash, alcantara and leather seats, carbon steering wheel, orange brake calipers and contrasting orange dash stitching. The impressive additional specification includes the new style Lightweight forged diamond cut alloys, stealth pack, carbon engine and interior upgrade, electric/heated/memory seats, Iris sound & navigation, branded floor mats, tyre pressure monitors, parking sensors (front & rear) and a sports exhaust (at a cost of £4,000 alone!). Recently given a health check at McLaren the car is located at our showrooms in Chorleywood and is ready to be used an enjoyed immediately.
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