The Americans have a saying, “There’s no substitute for cubic inches”, but of course engine size and power merely compensate for weight – nevertheless Ford’s 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine still seems like a stonkingly impressive power plant.
McLaren’s revised MP4-12C will be joining the supercar parade at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 driver Jenson Button at the wheel.
Twenty-five brake horse power doesn’t sound like much of an improvement, and at first glance it makes little or no difference to the McLaren MP4-12C’s performance figures, but there’s one increment that tells the story about where that extra performance has been tucked away – 0-186 mph, which is now 1 second faster than before.
Exotic, delicious, full of eastern promise.. That was the tag line used in the 1960’s advert for Fry’s Turkish Delight, and perhaps that’s what McLaren’s new Regional Director for Middle East and Africa – Mark Harrison – had in mind when commissioning the car maker’s latest short film.
How many race drivers have you heard describe their stint in a ‘road car’ as, “..quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had driving”? Well that’s precisely what 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Of The Year, Alexander Sims, said after climbing out of a MP4-12C road car at the Dunsfold Park track.