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McLaren MP4-12C
Manufacturer McLaren Automotive
Production 2011 (expected)
Predecessor Mclaren F1
Class Sports car
Body style(s) 2-seat Coupé
2-seat Roadster
Layout MR layout
Engine(s) M838T twin-turbo 3.8 L V8
Transmission(s) 7-speed dual-clutch
Kerb weight 1,302 kg (2,870 lb)

The McLaren MP4-12C is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. The car's final design was unveiled on 8 September 2009, and it is set to be launched in 2011. The successor to the famous 240 mph (390 km/h)-capable McLaren F1, the MP4-12C will feature a carbon fibre composite chassis, and will be powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engine developing 600 bhp (447 kW; 608 PS) and 422 lb·ft (572 N·m) of torque. The car will make use of Formula 1-sourced technologies such as "brake steer[1]", where the inside rear wheel is braked during fast cornering to reduce understeer. Power will be transmitted to the wheels through a 7-speed Seamless Shift dual-clutch gearbox equipped with "Pre-Cog", which allows the driver to pre-select the next gear by half-pulling the paddle shifter behind the steering wheel, which allows the transmission to execute faster gear changes.

The MP4-12C will be sold at a price of £150,000, aimed at competitors including the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo.[citation needed][2]





As with the McLaren F1, carbon fiber (Carbon MonoCell) is used extensively in the vehicle to minimize weight. The MP4-12C will weigh only 1,300 kg (2,866 lb) dry.[3] The chassis is based around an F1 style one-piece carbon fibre tub, weighing only 80 kg (176 lb).


The car is powered by a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. The engine produces approximately 600 horsepower (450 kW) and 433 pound-feet (587 N·m) of torque. It has a redline of 8,500 rpm, with 80% of torque available at just 2,000 rpm.[3][4] When they announced the car, McLaren claimed that their engine will have a higher horsepower to carbon dioxide emission ratio than any internal-combustion engine available at the time.[5] Contrary to earlier speculation, this is McLaren’s own V8, dubbed M838T and breathed on by twin turbos and driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (no manual is available). The V8 has a dry sump and a flat-plane crank like a race engine, to lower the centre of gravity and allow a higher rev limit.


McLaren have stated the MP4-12C can accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h (120 mph) in under 10 seconds.[6] The car will have a top speed in excess of 320 km/h (200 mph) and will be able to brake from 200 km/h (124 mph) to a complete stop in under five seconds. Braking from 100 km/h (62 mph) to zero can be done in under 30 metres (98 ft), around seven car lengths. It is expected the 12C will complete the standing quarter mile in approximately 11 seconds.

Convertible Version

A convertible version will be built as well. Unlike the MP4-12C's competitors, it will use a hard top made of aluminum or carbon fibre. This is in contrast to other convertibles in the MP4-12C's class, which use fabric tops.[7]


The car's interior will be nothing like the one of its predecessor the McLaren F1, as it will seat two side-by-side rather than the irregular 1+2 formation displayed in the McLaren F1. The designers have tried their best to keep things simple, but there are a lot of spaces to put small objects.



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