2011 McLaren MP4-12C review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 , 14:09:02 byVeronica

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McLaren MP4-12C

The market for high performance sports cars has grown substantially since the turn of the century. The 2011 McLaren MP4-12C is announced to be the first in a range of high performance sports cars, manufactured by the world's most successful racing car company. Through its inspired engineering, its focus on efficiency, as well as the revolutionary chassis architecture, the McLaren MP4-12C aims to re-write the rules of sports car design through Formula 1. Ron Dennis, McLaren Automotive Chairman, announced his plans to reveal the ultimate line-up of technology-led and customer-focused performance cars for the 21st century. The car is based on a carbon fibre chassis structure, being a premiere for the company to make use of a strong and lightweight racing car engineering solution and the first time any car has ever featured a one-piece carbon fibre structure. The 12C provides new levels in terms of outright performance, safety, economy, ride and handling. McLaren Automotive engineers pursued weight saving obsessively because weight appears to be the enemy of performance as it affects acceleration, speed, handling, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Thus, the Carbon Monocell, which weighs less than 80 kg, permits the use of much lighter weight body panels, reducing the weight of the structure. The pipework was minimized due to the engine cooling radiators which were mounted at the rear, as close to the engine as possible. The production process for the McLaren MP4-12C is going to enable McLaren to build on its recent success of record production volumes and quality for a luxury supercar with the SLR, but maintaining its high standards of final approval before a car can be released.