McLaren MP4-12C News

  • Engineering Explained talks about McLaren suspension and its lack of sway bar

    McLaren is a company that loves pushing the technological envelope. Be it the company's road cars or its racing machines, there is plenty of fascinating bits to be explored under the skin. One area that's proven to be rather interesting is in regards to the suspension employed on a number of modern McLaren road cars. With a traditional vehicle, you'll find springs, coils, and sway bars playing a role in the suspension setup. These works together to mitigate and control both up-down motion as well as side-to-side rocking motion. The sway bar is what helps control that side-to-side action. In...

  • Skateboarder-smashing McLaren video was a planned hoax
    Skateboarder-smashing McLaren video was a hoax

    Remember this video from a few days ago which appeared to show a disgruntled skateboarder smash the windshield of a McLaren 12C? In the clip, you can see the British supercar cruise through a stop sign and nearly hit a street-crossing skater. The driver then proceeds to honk at the skater which...

  • McLaren 12C with windshield smashed by skateboarder
    Skateboarder smashes windshield of McLaren

    Warning: This video contains some NSFW language. A video has surfaced on YouTube that depicts the aftermath of an altercation between the occupants of a McLaren 12C and a skateboarder. The video was filmed by Paul Gonzo who was attempting to capture the sunset seen in the backdrop. MUST SEE...

  • 2014 McLaren 12C GT3 race car
    Six McLaren 12C GT3s Competing In 2014 Spa 24 Hours

    In the beautiful Ardennes Forest of Belgium is the legendary Spa Francorchamps race track, where once a year the Spa 24 Hours, the highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Series, takes place. This year’s race gets underway tomorrow and McLaren has confirmed that six of its 12C GT3 race cars will...

  • McLaren 12C bumper melt
    McLaren Man Melts Bumper To Massive Cheers: Video

    Flaming exhaust tips make for great visuals. Seeing fire shoot from the back of a car means that sound and fury are working together to create a visual pop of excitement. It also means you're probably running a bit rich. You also might be rich, which means you can afford to buy a McLaren 12C and...

  • McLaren MP4-12C and Lamborghini Aventador flame battle screencap.
    McLaren 12C And Lamborghini Aventador Flame Battle: Video

    These days, it seems supercars aren't just measured by how fast they can go, but how much fire they can shoot out of their exhausts.

  • McLaren 12C spits huge flames

    Like ordering off the secret menu at your favorite establishment, the supercar world seems to be growing a new, undocumented feature set: spitting fire several feet past the exhaust tips. Add the McLaren 12C to that list. UPDATE: Watch the Hennessey Venom GT Hit 270.49 MPH Often the big flames are limited to tuner cars like the RADO Motorsports SLS AMG, or race cars like the GT40 showing off for fun. Sometimes they’re spotted on cars while still in development, like our spy shots of the Lamborghini Huracan. But sometimes they’re just out on the street, threatening to roast...

  • 2013 McLaren 12C GT3 race car
    McLaren To Enter 12C GT3 In 2014 Pirelli World Challenge

    McLaren has finally confirmed that its 12C GT3 will contend the North American-based Pirelli World Challenge in 2014, something that’s been known for a while now as the automaker had received approval for the competition last year. McLaren itself won’t be competing but will be supplying...

  • 2013 McLaren 12C GT Sprint
    Hardcore McLaren 12C To Rival Ferrari 458 Speciale

    McLaren’s MP4-12C already outmuscles Ferrari’s 458 Italia in some of the most vital metrics, but the British firm currently has no answer to Ferrari’s new 458 Speciale, which has proven to be significantly faster than the stock 458 and comes close to rivaling the much more...

  • West Midlands Police McLaren 12C
    U.K. Police Follow Dubai’s Lead And Add McLaren Supercar To Fleet

    If you're thinking about speeding somewhere in the West Midlands area of the U.K., you might want to think again. Unless you have something that can hit speeds over 207 mph, you don't have much of a chance. That is, of course, if the departments newest fleet acquisition has its sights set on your...

  • Dubai police adds McLaren MP4-12C to fleet
    McLaren MP4-12C Joins Dubai Police Fleet

    One thing we've learned over the last few years is that the Dubai police fleet is not one to mess with. The United Arab Emirates might have more than their fair share of open desert roads down which the nation's wealthy residents can test their supercars, but the police are hardly ill-equipped to...

  • 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider
    McLaren 12C Models Recalled Due To Defective Wiper Design

    McLaren has issued a recall on certain versions of its 12C supercar. The issue is due to a defect in the wiper’s design, which may cause it to stop working in areas of high ambient temperatures and humidity. The recall affects 12C Coupes and 12C Spiders built from October 10, 2011 through...

  • McLaren MSO 12C concept

    The MSO 12C concept shows off the capabilities of McLaren's bespoke program.

  • Chris Harris drives the Porsche 911 Turbo S
    Chris Harris Pits Porsche 911 Turbo Against McLaren 12C: Video

    The Porsche 911 Turbo has always been a very fast car. It's also always been fairly expensive. But in its latest incarnation, it costs enough that some buyers may be tempted into spending a little extra to get a bona-fide supercar like the McLaren 12C. To see whether the Porsche is up to such a...

  • Jay Leno visits McLaren at the Circuit of the Americas
    Jay Leno Visits McLaren F1 At Austin's COTA: Video

    Jay Leno was down in Austin, Texas over the weekend to enjoy the Formula One United States Grand Prix, but since he’s not your average F1 fan he managed to get a much closer look at the action and some of the parties involved. Thankfully, he was kind enough to film it all for his online...

  • 2013 McLaren 12C GT3 race car
    Chris Harris Drives The McLaren 12C GT3: Video

    No stranger to perhaps the most brutally expensive, technical, and intellectually difficult racing series in the world--Formula One--McLaren has taken the first produce of its road car division and kitted it out for racing duty in the form of the MP4-12C GT3. The race car has enjoyed reasonable...

  • Hennessey HPE700 McLaren 12C
    Hennessey HPE700 Whips Stock McLaren 12C In Instagram Drag Race

    The Hennessey HPE700 is a McLaren MP4-12C on steroids.

  • 2013 McLaren 12C GT Sprint
    McLaren 12C GT Sprint Track Special Priced From $315k

    Following its official debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren’s new 12C GT Sprint has gone on sale, priced from 195,000 British pounds (approximately $315,827). That may seem a lot for what is essentially a track toy (the car isn’t homologated for any racing...

  • Chris van der Drift loses steering and crashes his MP4-12C GT3 at Eau Rouge

    There's basically never a good time to lose steering in a race car when you're blasting at 10/10ths around a track. There's also basically no place worse to lose steering than in the high-speed Eau Rouge corner at Spa Francorchamps. Eau Rouge has claimed more than a few drivers' lives in the past, so we can only imagine the instant, if momentary, terror in the mind of Chris van der Drift (is there a better racing name possible?) as he hits the high-compression bottom of the famed bend in his MP4-12C GT3 race car and finds he's no longer in control of the car. The steering simply broke...

  • Hennessey HPE700 McLaren 12C
    Hennessey's HPE700 Is A McLaren 12C On Supercar Steroids

    The McLaren MP4-12C is one of the most capable and potent supercars on the planet. It's a street machine that borrows knowledge gleaned from engineers that are used to creating vehicles capable of winning Formula One races. It should be of no surprise then that the 12C is as good as it is. Still...

  • 2014 McLaren MP4-12C Spider facelift spy shots
    2014 McLaren MP4-12C Spider Spy Shots

    UPDATE: McLaren has confirmed this mysterious 12C Spider is a very early test mule for its next supercar, the code-named P13. Since going on sale two years ago, McLaren’s 12C supercar has received a power hike, spawned a convertible and gone racing, but the introduction of changes and new...

  • 2013 McLaren 12C GT Sprint
    Track-Focused McLaren 12C GT Sprint Revealed

    Anyone still sore from missing out on one of McLaren’s 12C GT Can-Am Edition track cars, of which just 30 were produced, now have reason to cheer. McLaren today announced a new track car that will see regular production but will still be limited to only 20 units per year. The new track car is...

  • The 2013 McLaren MP4-12C
    2013 McLaren MP4-12C Goes 0-60 MPH In 2.8 Seconds: Video

    A week ago we saw a video of a McLaren 12C Spider hitting 213 mph, a figure that’s 9 mph higher than the car’s claimed top speed. Now we see a 12C coupe accelerating from 0-60 mph, which as you may have guessed is accomplished significantly faster than McLaren’s official claim for...

  • 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider
    2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider Hits 213 MPH: Video

    Making a convertible out of a perfectly good hardtop supercar might seem like an unnecessary complication to some, adding weight and reducing performance. But with the McLaren MP4-12C Spider, the difference appears to be negligible. Case in point: this speedometer video, via Sport Auto, of a run to...

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