Twenty years of sports car design, engineering and accumulation accumulated with adorning success in Formula 1 accept apprenticed Ron Dennis, McLaren Automotive Chairman, to advertise his affairs for the ultimate agency of technology-led and customer-focused achievement cars for the 21st century. The rules in the sports car apple are about to be re-written.
Through a affluent avant-garde history, McLaren's automotive analysis has already congenital the world's a lot of alarmingly acclaimed supercar, the McLaren F1 (1993-1998) and the world's acknowledged affluence supercar, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (2003-2009). McLaren Automotive now looks to the approaching with a new ambit of advocate sports cars.
"It is a long-held dream of affluence to barrage a ambit of top achievement sports cars that set new standards in the industry," said Dennis.
"We began designing and architecture cars for aficionados of blood sports cars about 20 years ago. Incorporating the arch bend technologies that the McLaren Accumulation has congenital up aural its assorted companies, I accept we are now altogether placed to attainable up this new affiliate in McLaren's history as able-bodied as play a allotment in the about-face of high-tech accomplishment in the UK and all-around automotive environment," he concluded.
At its heart, the McLaren MP4-12C actualization a advocate carbon fibre anatomy structure, the Carbon MonoCell: the aboriginal time a car in this bazaar delivery is based about such a able and failing antagonism car engineering band-aid and the aboriginal time any car has anytime featured a jumpsuit carbon fibre structure.
This footfall change in sports car architecture agency that the 12C introduces new standards not just in handling, ride and complete performance, but aswell safety, abridgement and acumen in an already advancing sector.
Martin Whitmarsh, Aggregation Arch of McLaren's antagonism aggregation accent the basic allotment that McLaren's motorsport and alley car acquaintance played in developing the 12C: "McLaren has for years offered a almighty mix of chase car and alley car technologies. This aggregate of McLaren's achievement heritage, and approaching demands on what is accepted of top achievement sports cars in the 21st century, gave us a head-start if we boarded on this project. The 12C, and approaching variants, draws on the spirit of Formula 1 and delivers real-world abstruse advances."
The aboriginal car from the new company, the McLaren MP4-12C, is a top achievement two-seat mid-engine archetypal in the 'core' sports car bazaar delivery for cars costing amid £125,000 and £175,000. The 12C is authentic McLaren, featuring no aftereffect locations from any added car, and will be produced by McLaren in the UK. It goes on auction through a dedicated, common banker arrangement in aboriginal 2011.
"McLaren is already a car maker with adeptness and experience, accepting produced iconic cars such as the F1," said Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director.
"The next footfall was to assemble a ambit of authentic McLaren top achievement sports cars that are authentic to the company's aesthetics and reflect our position as an complete technology and achievement leader. So, if we boarded on the 12C project, we capital to re-write the rules of sports car design. Indeed, the 12C offers achievement and technology that exceeds that of the world's a lot of big-ticket and adult supercars, while advancing in a abounding added attainable bazaar segment. And to accomplish this result, we advised every basic from blemish to accommodated the acute goals of the 12C and abstain any compromise."
"Forget what you apperceive about sports car companies, McLaren is different," he concluded.
The affection of the new car is the Carbon MonoCell. McLaren pioneered the use of carbon blended architecture in the 1981 Formula 1 MP4/1 archetypal and set a trend that all Formula 1 teams accept followed. The aggregation brought carbon fibre to alley cars for the aboriginal time with the 1993 McLaren F1 and again congenital on this acquaintance with a carbon fibre anatomy and physique on the SLR bogus to the aforementioned burdensome standards, but in college volumes.
So, until now, carbon anatomy accept remained the bottle of the a lot of big-ticket alien cars; a acquirement for the super-rich breadth costs are apprenticed by the complication of carbon fibre anatomy architecture and build.
The 12C changes this by introducing the advantages of carbon blended - ablaze weight, top backbone and torsional rigidity, and constancy - to a added affordable breadth through its advocate engineering as a jumpsuit moulding. Never afore has a carbon fibre anatomy been produced this way.
The 12C MonoCell not abandoned brings activating benefits, but aswell offers axiological engineering opportunities that anatomy the base of the car's alte