Home » Featured Drivers » F1 Stars In Other Cars

Category Archives: F1 Stars In Other Cars

Feed Subscription

McLaren MP12C

The McLaren MP4-12C

The McLaren MP4-12C

Ron Dennis has always had a vision of turning McLaren into one of the great supercar manufacturers of the world to rival companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini. First it was the McLaren F1, then the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, in conjunction with Mercedes, and now the second fully designed and built by McLaren  Supercar, the MP4-12C.

McLaren Automotive is the road going division of the McLaren Group of companies. They unveiled the Frank Stephenson design in late 2009, and the car itself was launched in 2011. The MP4-12C has a carbon fibre composite chassis, and has the McLaren built M838T 3.8 litre V8 twin turbo engine powering it. The engine develops 616 brake horsepower and has around 443 foot pounds of torque.

The power is sent to the wheels through a seven speed F1 style seamless shift dual clutch gearbox, and is packed with Formula One technologies like brake steer, where the inside rear wheel automatically brakes a little during hard cornering to reduce understeer.

The video below is an hour long documentary about the McLaren MP4-12C and how it is built.

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear UK track tests the McLaren MP4-12C

Car and Driver on an exended road test with the McLAren MP4-12C

A different look inot the tech of the MP4-12C by CNet Car Tech

Autocar in the UK tests the MP4-12C Spider

Ayrton Senna and the Honda NSX

Ayrton Senna and the Honda NSX

Ayrton Senna and the Honda NSX

We all know that Aryton Senna was involved in the creation of the Honda NSX, helping Honda to refine the car and make it one of the worlds true supercars of the time.

Watch the video below, taken at the press day for the unveiling of the all new NSX at the Suzuka F1 Circuit. As an added bonus they included a footwell cam, so you can see him working the pedals as well as the steering wheel. The sheer car control and commitment is incredible. It’s a road car, a a press day, yet you can clearly see him pushing the limits both into and out of the corners, and even on the limit braking. If you think he was taking it easy, watch his foot as it slams to the floor on the throttle, and watch the tacho!

Ayrton Senna Rally Driver

Way back in 1986 Ayrton Senna actually spent some time in the Welsh forests testing a range of Rally Cars. Who knows, he may have gone on to a rally career after his days in F1. His test day included a 4×4 Sierra, Escort Cosworth and MG Metro 4 wheel drive car.

Ayrton Senna Indycar Driver

In 1992 Ayrton Senna was contemplating what he would do for the next phase of his career, and as part of that process he ended up at Firebird Raceway in December 1992 testing a Penske Indycar, alongside Emmerson Fittipaldi.