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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

Martin Brundle Drives Murray Walker Around Silverstone

Martin Brundle takes Murray Walker for a ride around SIlverstone in the McLaren 2 seat Formula One Car

Martin Brundle takes Murray Walker for a ride around SIlverstone in the McLaren 2 seat Formula One Car

Formula One viewers from around the world are familiar with Martin Brundle, former Tyrrell, Zakspeed, Williams, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier, McLaren and Jordan Formula One driver between 1984 and 1996, and then F1 commentator for the BBC and now Sky Sports in the UK form 1997 through to the current season.

Martin for a good part of his BBC commentating career was paired with longtime British Formula One Commentating legend Murray Walker. For those not familiar with Murray, here is his bio. Affectionately known as “Muddly Talker” Murray is famous for his commentating gaffs and mixups, but is also one of the foremost Formula One authorities around.

Back in 1998 the opportunity arose for Martin to take Murray for a ride in the McLaren Two Seat Formula One ride car so Murray could experience a F1 car at speed for himself.

McLaren built the two seater in 1998 as a way for VIP’s and non F1 drivers to experience a F1 car for real at speed. It was designed and built by McLaren cars, designated the MP4-98T by a team led by Barry Lett, with obviously a lot of help from the F1 team. The car was a huge success, offering an unparalled experience for the passenger who although sitting up higher than and behind the driver could still see the road ahead. The car had in excess of 700 brake horsepower and was powered by the same engine as the 1998 McLaren F1 race cars, and significantly it’s power to weight ratio and handling was very similar to the single seat F1 cars, achieved by essentially replacing the big fuel tank of the race cars with the passenger cockpit, and only carrying enough fuel for a few laps.

Enjoy the video, it’s a classic bit of F1 history where two commentators talk you around the laps live form the cockpit.

McLaren F1 Steering Wheel History

Lewis Hamilton shows the evolution of the McLaren Steering Wheel

Lewis Hamilton shows the evolution of the McLaren Steering Wheel

Yet another great video about Formula One Steering Wheels, from back in the day when Lewis Hamilton was still a loyal McLaren driver.

Follow along as Lewis shows the evolution of the McLaren Formula One Steering wheel, from way back in the day with a steering wheel from John Watson’s McLaren with no buttons on it at all, through the Ayrton Senna steering wheels with a couple of buttons, to Mika Hakkinen’s steering wheel where we saw more evolution through to the wheel on Lewis Hamiltons 2010 McLaren.

A fascinating history clearly showing not only the evolution of electronics and the associated buttons to adjust everything, but also the materials the steering wheels are made of and their coverings, from shiny hard leather to more grippy materials like suede.

 

Courage 50 Years of McLaren

Courage - Bruce McLaren Tribute

Courage – Bruce McLaren Tribute

The McLaren Formula One Team is 50 years old, and to celebrate it they produced this great tribute video to Bruce McLaren and his legacy.

Life is not measured in years alone,
but in achievement

In only3 minutes it gives a great insight into the man that Bruce McLaren was, and clues as to why his legacy lives on so long after his death. The videos title “Courage” says it all.

Bruce started his team way back in 1963 and is credited with a number of innovations that are still used to this day on modern Formula One cars. He was one of the modern day pioneers of motorsport worldwide.

Neil Oatley Remembers the McLaren MP4-4

The McLaren MP4/4 was a very special Formula One Car. It was used by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in their 1988 season, and was by far the dominant car. It won 15 of the 16 races in that year, only missing out on the clean sweep due to a crash at Monza. Neil Oatley looks back on the car and tells a few of the stories associated with the 1988 season.

Lewis Hamilton Tours the McLaren Factory

Watch as Lewis takes us on a tour around the McLaren Technology Centre, and actually stops off and has some interesting conversations with different people around the factory. A good insight into day to day life inside the McLaren F1 team.