Building on the huge critical success of the McLaren F1 (1993-98), and the sales success of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (2003-09), both of which have pioneered carbon composite body technology and active aerodynamics.
Bruce McLaren had a dream—and McLaren engineer Gordon Murray, a South African native, made it a reality in the early 1990s, designing this production Supercar that cleared 385 km/hr in its first tests, thanks to a combination of superior aerodynamics imagined by Peter Stevens, and a powerful BMW V12 engine.
By 2011, it had been more than a decade since production ceased of the McLaren F1.
Less radical than the former in its design, the MP4-12 boasts a carbon-fibre body powered by a ‘small’ turbo V8 engine of more than 600 hp, developed by the brand itself for the first time, and weighs in at a svelte 1,375 kilograms.
“I’m constantly looking round and drawing ideas from what I see around me.”