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McLaren MP4-12C Performance Data

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McLaren is set to redefine ‘supercar’ with the new MP4-12C, which has just finished its extensive and exhausting tests and is preparing for its market launch later this year. They’ve just confirmed the car’s performance data. It gives Ferrari 458 Italia plenty of reasons to be worried!

McLaren engineers focused on lightweight materials to arrive at the best compromise between performance and efficiency. They’ve used 30 years of carbon composite chassis design at McLaren to create the 12C’s revolutionary carbon MonoCell and also benefited from innovative Formula 1-inspired technologies and development programmes.

As a result the MP4 has lowest CO2 output and best fuel consumption in this class along with highest power to weight ratio and highest power with fastest acceleration and braking across all typical benchmark speed and distance parameters. McLaren also wanted the MP4 to be a fabulous car for day to day driving so it also excels at comfort, practicality, driveability, and ownership costs.

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And now to the figures we’ve all been waiting for:

  • 0 – 200kph in 9.1s (8.9s on optional Corsa tyres)
  • CO2 emissions of 279g/km (equating to 24.2 EU mpg combined)
  • 0 – 100kph in 3.3s (3.1s with optional Corsa tyres)
  • top speed: 330kph (205mph)
  • 100 – 0 kph in 30.5 m (100 ft)
  • ¼ mile: 10.9s @ 135 mph
  • dry weight (with lightweight options): 1301kgs / 2868 lbs
  • carbon MonoCell chassis weight:  75kgs / 165 lbs
  • power: weight (lightweight options): 461PS / 455bhp per tonne.
  • power: 600PS (592bhp) at 7,000 rpm
  • torque: 600Nm between 3,000 – 7,000 rpm

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McLaren MP4-12C performance data

Engine Power 600 PS (441kW) 592 bhp
@ 7000 rpm @ 7000 rpm
Torque 600 Nm 443 lb-ft
@ 3000-7000rpm @ 3000-7000rpm
Weight DIN weight 1434 kg 3161 lbs
Dry weight 1336 kg 2945 lbs
Dry weight 1301kg 2868 lbs
(with lightweight options)
Efficiency CO2 279 g/km 279 g/km
Fuel consumption (combined) 11.7 l/100 km 24.2 mpg (UK)
Power to weight 461 PS/tonne 455 bhp/tonne
(with lightweight options)
CO2/power 0.47 g/km per PS 0.47 g/km per bhp
Speed Maximum speed 330 kph 205 mph
Acceleration 0-100 kph (62 mph) 3.3 s 3.3 s
(3.1 s with Corsa tyre option) (3.1 s with Corsa tyre option)
0-200 kph (124 mph) 9.1 s 9.1 s
(8.9 s with Corsa tyre option) (8.9 s with Corsa tyre option)
0-400 m / ¼ mile 10.9 s @ 216 kph 10.9 @ 134 mph
0-1000 m 19.6 s @ 272 kph
Braking Braking 200-0 kph          123 m 124-0 mph       403 ft
100-0 kph          30.5 m 62-0 mph         100 ft

All figures apply to a European specification MP4-12C

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The 12C’s performance is clearly influenced by the McLaren F1 and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren road car projects. Most notably, in the competitive step-changes seen on the 12C through carbon composite engineering, packaging, and aerodynamics. But the development and manufacturing teams are also peppered with technicians and engineers from iconic periods in McLaren’s motor racing history: people with priceless experience in challenging design target-setting and innovative engineering problem-solving. And with an inherent ambition to win.

To name but three: Jim Chisman, a McLaren Automotive senior technician was a technician on Niki Lauda’s race team and on the 1981 MP4/1 Formula 1 car; Metin Afiya, General Assembly Production Manager, was an engineer on the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR; Dick Glover, Technical Director at McLaren Automotive, enjoyed 12 years in McLaren Racing where he designed the Formula 1 simulator that has also been used in the 12C development programme.

Dick Glover said: “We’re intensely proud of the 12C and how it stands against its key competitors: cars that are, in their own rights, some of the best sports cars the world has ever seen. The really exciting challenge for us was that to set new performance benchmarks against these cars, we had to introduce innovative new technologies. In that respect, we have worked technically like a Formula 1 team, where you are constantly trying to improve performance not against fixed parameters, but to win against competitors who are also constantly developing and improving.

“The 12C is a huge technical accomplishment, but also a car filled with the passion and dedication that comes with working at McLaren. I am very proud of the team behind its development,” he concluded.

Starting from a clean sheet of paper, the 12C is the first ‘pure McLaren’. From its conception, the 12C has been designed around the driver with a carbon chassis. Every one of the 12C’s components is bespoke, and there to either enhance performance or contribute to the unmatched driving experience.

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