It’s surprising how ‘normal’ a supercar can look when taken away from the bright lights of a purpose-built Motor Show stand, however in these two pictures, scooped by Chris Bloxsome, we see McLaren’s P1 supercar looking no bigger than it needs to be.
Just in case you haven’t yet fallen in love with McLaren’s 12C Spider, the following new gallery might just push you over the edge. The colour is Supernova Silver and it joins Azure Blue, Volcano Yellow and Volcano Red, which the Spider has thus far been shown in.
McLaren’s newest production model, the convertible version of the car formerly known as MP4-12C, made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. Since then it’s been awarded ‘Best Exotic’ by the editors of duPont REGISTRY and spawned a limited 12-car run Neiman Marcus Edition.
The McLaren P1, revealed this evening, is set to become a yardstick by which all other hypercars are compared against – much in the same way as its predecessor, the F1, did in 1992.
Given how comprehensive this latest set of pictures is, it’s hard to believe they are ‘leaked’ rather than deliberately ‘seeded’, but either way they now reveal the a huge electro-mechanical rear wing which provides downforce at high speeds, but perhaps also acts as an air brake – as it did in the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
McLaren showed its 12C Spider for the first time in public at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and this morning confirmed its price in the UK.
The familiar adage, ‘The customer is always right’, can sometimes prove horribly untrue. Well all I can say is that it must have been a ‘very’ important customer who requested this car, otherwise surely this is one step too far the fledgling McLaren Automotive.
Frank Stippler led that most familiar of formats at the end of an endurance race – an Audi formation finish – as the German manufacturer notched up yet another victory with the Phoenix Audi R8 LMS, this time a second consecutive success in GT racing at the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
This is the track-only McLaren MP4-12C racing concept, designed for the North American market and due to make its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours event in California this weekend.
McLaren have chosen to fit a unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) to its new 12C Spider, which can be operated at speeds up to 19mph (30km/h). The second model in the MP4-12C family comes to the market hot on the heels of Ferrari’s recently released 458 Italia Spider, which appeared at last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
McLaren will reveal the second variant of its MP4-12C sports car on July 3rd, meanwhile they’ve provided a video of F1 driver Jenson Button eulogising about the extra-sensory stimulation of open-top motoring.
When Simraceway announced their landmark agreement with McLaren earlier this month, we decided to delve a little deeper behind the story before sharing our thoughts.