The McLaren MP4-12C was the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the legendary 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, the Carbon MonoCell that weighs just 80 kg. The MonoCell is made in a single pressing - reducing the time required to produce from a tub from 3,000 hours for the F1, 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 index 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 example is a UK supplied RHD that was delivered in June 2012 and has now covered just 15,250 Miles from new. The car is presented in a superb colour combination. This is namely Carbon Black paintwork with a Black dashboard, Carbon Black leather seats with McLaren Orange inserts on the full electric. Outside the optional McLaren Orange brake calipers match the seat inserts and can be seen behind the optional 10-spoke grey Superlight wheels.
The additional specification is also superb and includes: Stealth Pack gunmetal finish exhaust tips, Full Carbon Fibre interior pack, Full Carbon Fibre Engine bay, Carbon Fibre wing mirror casings, Carbon Fibre bonnet badge and body coloured front spoiler. Inside this example features Iris sound & navigation, full Meridian sound system and both front and rear parking sensors.
Freshly serviced by McLaren Hatfield, this 3 owner MP4-12C is situated in our showroom just outside London and is available to view immediately.