It’s already been twenty years since McLaren built the million dollar, three seat F1. That was an amazing car, a turning point in the automotive world some might say. Carbon fiber cars were now available in a production car. And it didn’t end there. Soon there will be production cars with carbon fiber tubs with sticker prices far less shocking, think about $50k. Of course this won’t be anything like the F1. The point is carbon fiber is here to stay.
McLaren is the master of the carbon fiber domain, and it shows in the brilliant work in the new MP4-12C. Manufacturing this one piece monocoque tub takes McLaren only four hours. The whole car comes in at only 3210lbs, thanks to this lightweight construction.
The MP4-12C comes with what seems like an undersized 3.8 liter V8. But fitted with twin turbos it makes 592hp and 443lbs of torque. Fed through a dual clutch seven speed automatic, it’s good for a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205mph.
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