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.