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Guy In McLaren MP4-12C Spyder Really Has to Go (To The Bathroom): Video 12
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Bizarre, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, video on 04 12th, 2013


At some time or another you are lucky enough to see some bizarre stuff on the roads we travel. The latest bizarre sighting on the road happens to involve a new McLaren MP4-12C Spyder piloted by someone on who really has go. When I say go, this guy has to relieve himself – but does it like he has no care in the world – on the side of the street while holding up traffic. To put icing on the cake, he seems to have trouble getting the MP4-12C into gear while feeling it necessary to give the person behind him (filming him) a middle finger gesture. Wow, this is one peculiar sighting! Maybe he was drunk. Enjoy!

[source: Marchettino via YouTube]

Chris Harris On Cars: Drop-Top Flogging in McLaren MP4-12C Spider – Video 25
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Chris Harris, Drive, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, On Cars, video on 10 25th, 2012

Chris Harris gets to flog the new McLaren Mp4-12C Spider around the Ascari Race Resort in the latest DRIVE video. The McLaren MP4-12C is among the hottest exotics currently around. To compete with drop-top variants of what enthusiasts fortunate enough choose to take fast weekend drives, McLaren recently introduced a Spider version of their prided MP4-12C with a little extra power over the first offerings of the MP4-12C – getting a total of 625 ponies. Does the added power, tweaking and power-folding top make a difference? Hear what he has to say about the 625 horsepower drop-top creation here on his latest On Cars video and find out. Enjoy!

McLaren’s MP4-12C Spider Makes The Nieman Marcus Fantasy Gift List 10
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, Nieman Marcus Fantasy Gift on 10 10th, 2012

Each year, high-end retailer Nieman Marcus publishes a list of fantasy gifts, aimed exclusively at one-percenters who embrace extravagance or convenience over value. The “Fantasy Gift” list generally includes a car, marked up to near-absurd levels and distinguished by custom paint and a few unique accessories. On the plus side, buying through Nieman Marcus generally gives the ultra-wealthy a chance to be the very first on their block with a new-and-otherwise-unattainable set of wheels.

This year is no different, as Nieman Marcus is offering shoppers the chance to buy a McLaren MP4-12C Spider, sprayed in Volcano Red and equipped with a set of McLaren fitted luggage. Buyers also get a business-class trip to the U.K., a tour of the McLaren Technology Center and a private dinner with McLaren’s chairman, Ron Dennis. The price for all this holiday cheer? A mere $354,000, which sounds like around $100,000 more than the cost of an equivalent MP4-12C Spider, delivered later in the production cycle.

To be clear, it’s not all about profit for Nieman Marcus. For each McLaren sold, the retailer will donate $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, and you’re not likely to get a meeting with Ron Dennis just by putting money down on a 12C Spider. For those with a large enough bank account, this could represent the holiday gift of a lifetime.

McLaren Shows Off 12C Spider at Pebble Beach: Video 21
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, Events, mclaren, McLaren 12C Spider, McLaren MP4-12C, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, video on 08 21st, 2012

Over the weekend some thought McLaren had completely fallen off of its rocker when they rolled out the X-1 Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Lucky for us, it was just a one-off vehicle already spoken for that we will probably never see again. Possibly to redeem themselves, McLaren previewed the new 12C Spider, a drop-top version of the popular MP4-12C, alongside of the impressive 12C GT3 Can-Am Edition Concept.

The new McLaren 12C Spider is expected to go on sale in the coming months featuring the same 3.8-liter V8 engine from the MP4-12C mated to a 7-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. The new 12C Spider will hit an astonishing 204 mph and land a 0-62 mph time in just 3.1 seconds. The 12C Spider also features a 3-piece retractable hard-top folding roof taking only 17 seconds to close without obstructing the view of the engine bay.

Pricing for the 12C Spider, when it goes on sale later this year, will start around $268,000 in the U.S.

12C Spider Convertible Sport Car Offers Spectacular Performance with Remarkable Functionality

(Monterey, Calif.) McLaren Automotive showed the second model in its growing range of high performance sports cars, the new 12C Spider, for the first time in public at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 12C Spider was revealed at the prestigious Gooding & Company Auction preview in Monterey, California on Friday, August 17, then displayed on the Concept Car Lawn throughout the weekend.

The 12C Spider is lightweight with a high-powered engine which boasts 616 bhp, a unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) folding roof system that can be lowered or raised on the move, and a carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C coupe. Aside from shared architecture, the 12C and 12C Spider share a unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability.

The new 12C Spider will be priced from £195,500 in the UK and is now available to order from McLaren retailers across the globe. First deliveries to customers are planned for early next year.

The 12C Spider, in new volcano yellow paint, was dramatically revealed with the drop of a Kabuki in front of a crowd of VIP guests attending Gooding & Company’s preview. McLaren received much more interest over the Pebble Beach weekend where the 12C Spider continued to be displayed along with the 12C GT3 Can-Am edition concept.

Best-in-class performance

The 12C Spider’s impressive 616 bhp output from its bespoke 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine is transmitted to the car’s rear driven wheels through a 7-Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, which itself provides lightning-fast gear changes through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel. A clear view of the 12C Spider’s lightweight M838T power plant is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.

Vehicle dynamics technology including Brake Steer, ProActive Chassis Control and the unique McLaren Airbrake combine to offer sublime comfort in all driving conditions; and yet deliver race car performance and handling on track.  An overview of 12C Spider performance compared with the 12C is below:

  2013MP4-12C Spider
(625 PS/616 bhp)
(625 PS/616 bhp)
0-62 mph 3.1 sec 3.1 sec
0-100mph 6.1 sec 6.0 sec
0-124 mph 9.0 sec 8.8 sec
¼ mile (400m) 10.8 sec @ 134 mph 10.6 sec @ 136 mph
V Max 204 mph 207 mph
CO2g/km 279 279

Technical specification highlights

McLaren is a carbon fibre pioneer. In 1981 McLaren gave a debut to a carbon fibre monocoque chassis in Formula 1 with the launch of the MP4/1 race car, and in 1992 the legendary McLaren F1 introduced the advanced composite technology to the world of road cars. It was natural then for McLaren Automotive engineers to apply its carbon fibre expertise when developing the ground-breaking one-piece molded chassis of the 12C. Its 165 lb ‘MonoCell’ requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 88 lbs more with the addition of a convertible roof system.

Behind driver and passenger sits a rear windscreen which may also be electronically lowered and raised. With the roof lowered this acts as wind deflector to minimise disturbance to the 12C Spider’s occupants. With the roof raised the rear window can be lowered, allowing the exhilarating noise of the 12C Spider’s V8 twin turbo engine to flood the cabin on demand at any time.

With the roof raised the area under the tonneau can be used as an additional luggage area which provides useful storage space. Bespoke luggage (two soft bags) has been designed specifically to fit this space and is supplied as standard with every 12C Spider.

The 12C Spider also features a passive Roll Over Protection System to maximise occupant safety. Each buttress contains a steel structure designed to absorb impact energy and protect both driver and passenger.

McLaren Unleashes MP4-12C Spider on the Track: Video 13
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, News, Promo Video, Promotional Video, video on 07 13th, 2012

McLaren has not only officially released images and information on the new MP4-12C Spider, but a new promotional video of the hot drop-top taking to the track has been unleashed.

The new McLaren MP4-12C Spider promo video footage looks like it came straight out of a new move flick featuring CGI and special effects. In reality, the footage is real, filmed with cinema-quality RED cameras while on the track and in the mountain roads of Spain.

The new McLaren MP4-12C Spider features a hardtop retractable roof, capable of fully opening in 17 seconds. The MP4-12C 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 is used in the Spider to produce 616 horsepower directed to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-60 mph acceleration for the MP4-12C Spider can be accomplished in 3.1 seconds.



Jul 12, 2012

McLaren Automotive presents the first opportunity to see the stunning new 12C Spider in action at www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv
Viewers able to see unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) of 12C Spider lowering with the car in motion
Incredible circuit and mountain road driving compilation launched as McLaren celebrates 2,000,000 hits at its official YouTube channel

The stunning new 12C Spider may now be seen in action for the first time, with the launch of high quality short film at McLaren Automotive’s popular official You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv

Shot using cinema-quality RED camera technology, the film begins with a 12C Spider finished in glorious Volcano Red in high speed action on track, before it traverses the winding mountain roads of Andalucía in Southern Spain. The exciting sequence underlines the 12C Spider’s position as a luxury convertible sports car offering a spectacular combination of performance and usability.

Early in the film, the 12C Spider’s Retractable Hard Top is lowered with the car in motion – a unique feature among the new 12C derivative’s competitor set. The RHT system operates in less than 17 seconds. McLaren Automotive Test Driver and British Touring Car Championship star Mat Jackson then shows viewers why McLaren believes it has developed a sports car that adds ‘open-top thrills’ to a groundbreaking package of technology inspired by its successful Formula 1 race cars.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: “We know 12C drivers love the Formula 1 technology DNA that runs throughout their cars. With the 12C Spider, owners will have an even greater opportunity to create their perfect driving experience. Top up or top down, the sports car with highest performance among the competition just became even more breathtaking. The exhilarating aspects of driving the 12C Spider are captured beautifully in this great new film.”

Prospective customers and sports car enthusiasts may now specify their desired 12C spider at McLaren Automotive’s interactive online configurator, which is located at: www.configure.mclaren.com. There, the 12C Spider may be personalised with myriad exterior and interior finishes, a range of wheel designs and attractive carbon fibre appliqué.

Orders for the new 12C Spider are now being taken by 38 McLaren retailers in 22 countries worldwide.