Today for the first down debate on the performance of the back and generally midengine cars to Ferrari vs Porsche. But now threatens the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C to also stand alone with. I quote the less-than-humble McLaren boss Ron Dennis, sir, “This is the best handling sports car in history.”
But see for ourselves, we at McLaren in the 17-turn, 2.9 miles long circuit in Portimao in southern Portugal. We learn the full range of driving conditions – a dry track, wet track, good and bad public roads and car comfort and track setup. It was shown in no uncertain terms that McLaren has a breakthrough.
Completion of the world-best status requires a world’s best powertrain and McLaren delivers with its 592-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and rear-mounted, Graziano seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The huge power is a product of high boost (21.8 psi) and a 8500 rpm redline disgusting. There is a long shelf life of torque (443 pound-feet), minutes from 3000 to 7000 rpm.
The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is a joy to use. Because the gearshift paddles mounted on a rocker, can the driver hand over the other favors both up and down shift – to the same layer – Print on a paddle or pull on the other side. In track mode the shifts are not only fast but smooth. This is achieved through the use of the Pre-Cog-function, where the rocker so biased, where the relocation is sought (with a full train about 7,500 rpm to shift up), it is now – thanks to Formula 1 – field tests.
McLaren, despite encouragement to wean us the necessity of a carbon-ceramic brakes, our test car on the track had the optional carbon cap and they are great. Nevertheless, the standard two-piece aluminum-iron rotors – to do the job – 14.6-inch front, 13.8-inch rear.
The brakes are on the line by a pneumatic brake, which supports increased significantly delay the 2945-pound machine. A longitudinal weight distribution of 42.5/57.5 – virtually identical to the Ferrari 458 Italia – makes the dynamics more alive. The McLaren with a 0.8-inch longer wheelbase, is an inch shorter. Its refined interior, but buys space and subtle shifts in the human mass in the middle.
As expected on each track, we immediately investigated the institutions chosen for the Aero and buttons. The McLaren-adaptive hydraulic valve control role can run sensational obligation under the highest lateral G-forces without the aid of mechanical front and rear stabilizers. Similarly, there is no dive under braking painful, yet not to increase exploration launch control.
account of things, like always, we look for the talent of the MP4-12 are exempt, and discovered that the chassis is to get used to. How to dance a Trophy Truck, but the whoops as a feeling of isolation is that the available control belies. The car stuck on the tarmac at all four corners of large Pirelli P Zero tires – 235/35 ZR19 front, 305/30 ZR20 rear. At first we were overwhelmed with the chassis features, but not fast enough with the company through the completion of all things that can compete.
For this first part of the calendar year McLaren to build some 1,000 units – about one third of them destined for the United States. In 2015, things to operating full-tilt produce 4,000 units per year, about this and two other models to spread. MP4-12 deliveries in the U.S. by early September to start in 2011 anointed the nine showrooms nationwide (plus one in Toronto, anyway).
And if McLaren in his blood racing, it’s very ambitious in the factory and privateer racing plans are not far from the road, starting with testing the MP4-12 GT version at this time. 2012 McLaren MP4-12C All buyers can opt for a new McLaren car owners experience, they learn how the juice possible out of this world-bat squeeze.