At McLaren, the focus now is on the successful launch of the brand’s successor to the legendary F1 supercar, the new P1
, which will be previewed in concept form tomorrow at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. However, the British performance brand has another new model, the MP4-12C Spider
, which was first shown at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and should be hitting showrooms soon.
Jay Leno, an owner of the regular MP4-12C coupe
, was at Pebble Beach to see the new Spider version and was fortunate enough to meet McLaren design director Frank Stephenson who pointed out a number of the car's features.
As Stephenson points out, no additional strengthening was required for the 12C Spider. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent, and weighing only 88 pounds more with the addition of a convertible option. Overall weight with all fluids on board comes in at around 3,200 pounds.
After checking out the 12C Spider, the guys head over to inspect the 12C Cam-Am Edition Racing Concept
, which Stephenson says is close to reaching production as a dedicated track car for customers interesting in taking the 12C racing.
Testament to McLaren’s engineering prowess, even extreme vehicles like the 12C Cam-Am race concept feature a stock engine. We’re of course talking about the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 developed by McLaren together with fellow Brit firm Riccardo. In its latest specification it develops a peak 616 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, which is all the more impressive when you consider the engine escapes a gas guzzler tax