McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C

McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C

McLaren's declaration of war against established supercar manufacturers has been embodied by the MP4-12C and, recently, new plans have emerged for a new range of supercars based on the carbonfiber chassis of the MP4-12C. The open-top versionis going to battle out with the new Ferrari 458 Spider, being the first one to hit the market. Furthermore, a prototype of the MP4-12C Spyder has been developed by McLaren according to some reports released by the British motoring magazine Car, and the production version is scheduled to make its appearance before the end of this year. It will receive its power from the same 600HP, 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8, being based on the coupe. The powertrain is kept visible due to the fact that McLaren's engineers have lowered the plenum by 8 mm for chopping off the roof does not necessarily imply the replacing of the glass engine, unlike its nemesis from Maranello. Some sources close to the project announced that the MP4-12C would feature a three-piece roof made of plastic and aluminum, and just as the 458, the design would appear more as a targa rather than a full convertible because of the buttresses behind the seats that also have the role of rollover hoops. The roof operation takes 17 seconds, which represents 3 seconds more as compared to the Ferrari and it is possible to lower or raise it as speeds up to 8 km/h.


McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C image McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C image
McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C image McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C image
McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C image McLaren is finishing work on Spyder version of the MP4-12C image