A raft of F1-derived technology found its way into this, the first road car designed and built after McLaren split off its road and racing car divisions in 2010. So 21 years after the F1, this car marked the company’s return to road car production, and was welcomed as a real rival to the Ferrari 458 Italia. The MP4-12C took its power from “a relatively small twin-turbo V8 of unprecedented efficiency and power”, according to Autocar, which was mated to an all-round independent suspension which was “so capable and widely adjustable that [the car] can be made to drive both like a softly damped saloon and a pure-bred racing car”.
The upshot was an output of 616bhp, which could slingshot the car from rest to 60 in 3.3 seconds - “ferociously, apocalyptically quick” is how Autocar put it. The first product of McLaren’s new factory adjoining its technology centre in Woking, motoring critics say the MP4’s looks have aged particularly well, but it’s the electronic wizardry that stands out, helping the car move through all its seven gears incredibly smoothly. Similar qualities of smoothness are apparent in the suspension, on which the firmness of each of the hydraulic dampers can be adjusted independently, a system which does away with the need for conventional steel anti-roll bars. Exclusivity is part of the territory with cars such as this, but it doesn’t mean you can’t scout around for the best value on the McLaren MP4 aftermarket parts you need. Especially when we’re here at Scuderia Car Parts to serve the needs of discerning owners looking to keep the desirability of their cars.
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