The design and development process of any car is typically secretive, all the more so when talking about a cutting-edge supercar like the McLaren MP4-12C. But once it's finished and headed to retail sale, there isn't much reason left to hide--in fact, quite the opposite.

McLaren has taken that attitude to heart with its new series of short videos, the first of which is posted below. The videos present a rare insight into a performance car testing program from the development team behind the new MP4-12C.

As a brand new division within McLaren, the team behind the MP4-12C has a unique and engaging story to tell prior to its first model going on sale in spring 2011. Meanwhile, 2009's intense testing and development program is helping to demonstrate the 12C's potential and McLaren is presenting rare company footage and insight that reveals its plans, processes and challenges.

For a more in depth look at the car, click here for our original story.