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McLaren MP4-12C production finally gets under way [video]

Chassis 01 takes shape

After more than 5 years of development, the vehicle first known as P11, has finally hit production.

Following a world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed and a series of exclusive presentations around the world in 2010, the first McLaren MP4-12C has begun production at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, England.

While Chassis 01 is currently being built in the existing MTC production facility, production of most of the 1000 units slated for 2011 will switch to the brand new £40m production facility adjacent to the MTC starting in May.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said in a press statement, “In five years, the MP4-12C has evolved from a concept we developed in our own Formula 1 simulator, to a groundbreaking high-performance sports car offering unique technologies and outstanding dynamic performance. It has been an intensive development programme, but now the fun really begins as our future owners look forward to taking delivery of their 12Cs.

The MP4-12C features a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine with 447 kW (600 bhp / 608 PS) and 599 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque connected to a seven-speed "Seamless Shift" double-clutch transmission. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is less than 3.8 seconds. Top speed exceeds 300 km/h (186 mph).

The MP4-12C is available through a network of 35 retailer locations in 19 countries at a price of $229,000 in the US and £168,500 (including 20% VAT) in the UK.

Source: McLaren

McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE'S FIRST MAJOR MILESTONE OF 2011 AS MP4-12C ENTERS PRODUCTION

  • First McLaren MP4-12C (‘Chassis 01') production car takes shape in McLaren Technology Centre
  • 2011 milestone announced with a new high quality ‘best of' short film capturing highlights of the 2010 12C launch programme: available to view at www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv

WOKING, UK (02 February) - Following a successful public world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed, and a series of exclusive presentations to prospective customers and media across the globe in 2010, the first McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car has begun production at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, England.

McLaren Automotive plans to build up to 1,000 12Cs in 2011. Most will be manufactured in a bespoke new £40m McLaren Production Centre, which is due for completion in May on a site adjacent to MTC. However, ‘Chassis 01' is being built in the existing MTC production facility, where outstanding quality and highly efficient production methods have been fine-tuned since the Foster + Partners-designed building opened in 2004.

The innovative 12C was first presented to the public at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England in July 2010, prior to a North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. 12Cs were then presented at exclusive events to prospective customers and media around the world as McLaren Automotive toured many of the cities that will form a network of 35 retailer launch locations.

Milestone events in the 2010 launch year for the 12C have been captured in a new short film, which can be viewed online at McLaren Automotive's official You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv

This short film features appearances from Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the 2008 and 2009 FIA Formula 1 Drivers' World Champions. Both have enjoyed testing prototype 12Cs and continue to feed back their thoughts on the car's development. The video also captures visitors' reactions to the 12C at its debut events. Brand new footage reveals McLaren Automotive's Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin taking the car winter testing at Dunsfold Aerodrome - also known as the BBC Top Gear test track - as he assesses ESP calibration on Winter settings as part of the 12C's variable Proactive Chassis Control system.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: "Meeting our prospective customers at launch events around the world, from Dubai to Cape Town, Paris to Los Angeles, has filled us with inspiration. There is genuine desire for McLaren to be launching our own range of sports cars, and an exciting appreciation of what McLaren stands for: innovation, technology leadership, and a winning mentality.

"In five years, the MP4-12C has evolved from a concept we developed in our own Formula 1 simulator, to a groundbreaking high-performance sports car offering unique technologies and outstanding dynamic performance. It has been an intensive development programme, but now the fun really begins as our future owners look forward to taking delivery of their 12Cs.

"Feedback from our customers shows they understand McLaren Automotive is as committed to delivering a high quality sports cars and a fantastic ownership experience as a our Formula 1 team is to winning races. With ‘Chassis One' now in production, our new network of 35 retailers in 19 countries worldwide is ready to deliver on this promise."

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GTurbo
If this thing can take care of the 458 Italia, 997 911 Turbo, R35 GT-R and Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, then it would be an instant future classic! Judging from Hamilton and Button's driving, the MP4-12C has savage acceleration and soundtrack to match! The ultimate shot-out awaits!
Feb 4, 2011 1:14 pm
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mikemikemikemike
0-60 in 3.8? Meh, should be 3.5 or less.
Feb 3, 2011 8:10 pm
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Prova_Mo
Enough with all the hype about this car. Give this thing to the testers and see how it stacks up against the competition. I don't care how "legendary" the McLaren name is. Until this car proves it can compete and beat the rivals from Lambo, Ferrari and Porsche, it's just another car maker with a lot of big talk. The F1 earned it's position as great car. This new one hasn't !!!
Feb 3, 2011 5:22 pm
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b84
It was confirmed, 6sec 0-100mph. Woah!
Feb 3, 2011 9:26 am
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DUCATI46
Look forward to seeing this up against its rivals proper.... fingers crossed its not made to look stupid.
Feb 3, 2011 6:43 am
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buruchaga
This car looks great. I wonder how it would fare in a drag race with the 458 Italia. I like supercars 'cos the make you super.
Feb 3, 2011 6:31 am
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contact_edward
Love this car... I like the way McLaren didn't over-style it. Sporty, but not overstated. It is what it is and doesn't look like it's trying to be something else. Can't wait to see its performance.
Feb 2, 2011 7:59 pm
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mn07
I have a question Who or which manufacture makes the engine??
Feb 2, 2011 6:20 pm
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D12NAB
Ricardo and McLaren develop the engine
Feb 2, 2011 6:25 pm
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Hellbound
The actual successor, if you can call it that, to the F1 is yet to come. Expect a central driving position and probably an RRP close to a million.
Feb 2, 2011 4:22 pm
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chris25
I love Lambo's especially the gallardo range & the new f458 italia but the new mclaren, not this one, maybe I'll wait for the powerful version.
Feb 2, 2011 4:00 pm
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Rotaermel
There are certain perspectives from where this car looks extremely gallardo-ish. E.g. the line from the headlight to the taillights...
Feb 2, 2011 3:56 pm
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D12NAB
can't wait to see how it shapes up against the 458 Italia and the LP570-4
Feb 2, 2011 3:30 pm
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