McLaren has released a new video showing MP4-12C prototypes undergoing testing in England (at the Top Gear track), Germany (on the Nurburgring), and Bahrain.
McLaren has released a new video showing the MP4-12C's development and testing.
Described as "the first in a series of broadcast-quality short videos", the clip reveals the McLaren Technology Center, the MP4-12C test program, and an overview conducted by several engineers involved with the project. Thankfully, the boring tech stuff is spiced up with shots of MP4-12C prototypes undergoing testing in England (at the Top Gear track), Germany (on the Nurburgring), and Bahrain.
According to McLaren's Technical Director, Dick Glover, "Having to develop a brand new range of cars from scratch to the standards expected of McLaren, featuring ground-breaking new structures and powertrain is the ultimate challenge and one we are relishing. Sure, we have challenges - that is why we go to these places that absolutely push the cars to their limits and beyond - but now we know just what the 12C is capable of, we are able to push on into 2010 and deliver cars of which McLaren will be rightly proud."
As you may recall, the MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 447 kW (600 bhp / 608 PS) and 600 Nm of torque. Backed up by a seven-speed "Seamless Shift" dual-clutch transmission, McLaren promises the car will set "new standards for power and performance in its sector."
Set to be launched in spring 2011, the MP4-12C will be priced between £125,000 and £175,000.