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