The dynamo central to our McLaren is a 3.8 litre V8 engine which really packs a punch when it comes to life. Powered with twin turbo technology, the engine also includes dry sump lubrication to ensure that it performs at the highest level at all times. McLaren engines tell a story; the heart of this infamous supercar tells a powerful motoring story accented with a torque of 600Nm that can reach 7,000 rpm and peppered with a 7-speed McLaren seamless shift dual clutch transmission. The transmission of the car includes pre-cog technology for enhanced precision when you are changing gears. Boutique manufacturer Graziano was commissioned with creating this innovative transmission technology and they highlighted their technical skill by also including two clutches into the automated manual transmission of this McLaren model.
The engine of the McLaren also features a crankshaft; this is a vital piece because it works with the turbocharger of the engine for a boosted performance that drivers can feel during their car hire experience. McLaren adds some technical spice to the engine with a port-injection fuel system that funnels the fuel efficiently.
The core of every supercar is its speed credentials. The McLaren's CV reads like a dream: 0 - 62 mph is achieved in 3.3 seconds while the top speed reaches the pinnacle of 207 mph. Its credentials are clearly impressing the tough critics of the automotive world. Car & Driver magazine said that the MP4-12C is 'Ferrari's worst nightmare' and we can see why with the thrilling performance features that it has. Even supercars like the MP4-12C want to harness their power to take care of the environment. The CO2/Power of this McLaren is 0.45g per km which makes it an environmentally-friendly supercar to choose from.
The rendering of the McLaren's driving controls highlights the first class credentials of the race-car maker. The brake steer control gives easy handling of the car around sharp corners and bends. There are several modes in the stability control department such as winter, normal and sport that add flavour to the performance personality of the MP4-12C. Traditional driving controls that anchor the success of any car such as the ABS and traction control are also part of the MP4-12C.
Bruce McLaren's vision of 'beautiful race cars that deliver' is once again realised with the MP4-12C. The New Zealand-born founder believed in a sharp aesthetic that turns heads which is exactly what this performance supercar does. At the core of its exterior is the MonoCell. Carbon fibre monocoques are popular with Lamborghini, the Italy-based supercar marque; however McLaren also used monocoques previously. The MonoCell is an improvement on the traditional carbon fibre monocoque because it is a compact shell that is integral to the comfort of the driver and the passenger. Aluminium additions were used to connect parts such as the roof and doors to the MonoCell for a seamless exterior. Carbon is a key component of the MonoCell which allows the body of the car to be more lightweight than other sports cars in the same field.
The wheels of the MP4-12C are fitted with 19inch wheels in the front, and 20 inch rear wheels. The set of wheels on the McLaren are ideal for the type of intense driving that this supercar was made for. The wheels were forged in cast alloy for an extra touch of industrial strength onto the exterior.
The cabin of the MP4-12C is the visual manifestation of Bruce McLaren's vision for race-cars. The classic interior is shaded in black so that the experience of driving can flourish in its entirety. The steering wheel carries through with the minimalism of the car featuring the iconic McLaren logo in the centre. When in the cabin of this supercar, the closeness between the passion for driving and luxury supercars reaches its height through an eye-catching mélange of touch-screen infotainment, heated mirrors and remote controlled door locks.
McLaren understands that the supercar enthusiasts who drive their cars want the highest quality especially in the cabin of the car. This is shown through the focus on directions with the trip computer and the low fuel feature. Being inside this supercar is clearly about enjoying the concentrated performance which is why McLaren added other types of guidance features such as a clock.
The discerning drivers who have been lucky enough to drive McLarens know that the marque is dedicated to detail. The interior is the best example of this judging by the alloy and leather trim which is on the dash and the doors of the car.
The McLaren has the necessary elements for a solid entertainment experience. It features speakers, USB connectivity and speakers in case you want to turn up the music during a car hire experience.
The MP4-12C is a jewel of a supercar that wows drivers with its colour, clarity in performance and cut, just as how a diamond is graded. The success of this McLaren supercar is down to the focus that the Woking-based marque puts on designing sleek supercars that are packed with turbocharged elements from performance to visuals.
The stroke of genius from McLaren lies in the marque's ability to add innovative touches in an arresting way. The dithedral doors cut through the sides of the supercar and when they are in motion, they stand out like shards of glass on the road. The dithedral doors are a highlight of the MP4-12C whose exterior also includes high mounted exhausts.