McLaren Automotive’s rollout has been long and deliberate, but production of the MP4-12C supercar is now underway and the company is moving forward with operations. The process of development behind the MP4-12C was long and meticulous, emblematic of the way the company approaches its sports cars.
McLaren has always been known for its racing program, and a singular roadcar, the McLaren F1. The F1 was the world’s fastest production car when it was produced, placing itself at the top of the automotive hierarchy.
The MP4-12C takes a different approach however, going for the thick of the supercar market against competitors like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo.
McLaren executives always hinted this was just the beginning though, and a new report details some of what to expect from a new supercar.
Called the “Mega Mac”, the car would reportedly be powered by a 799 horsepower V-8. The V-8, checking in at 5.0-liters, would be a bored-out version of McLaren’s current 3.8-liter V-8.
Autocar says the car would do battle with the Veyron. It isn’t clear if McLaren’s goal is to break any new records though. The numbers are no doubt blistering fast however, reaching 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 and 200 mph in just 20 (!) seconds.The price tag also might indicate a different positioning than the F1 too, coming in at $600,000, on the lower side of outrageous supercar standards.
Of course it is all just speculation at this point, as none of these figures are official. We hope the new car has a three seat layout like the iconic original.
It is a very neat design element that also serves a functional purpose of putting the driver in the middle of the car. The McLaren F1 was a standard for design and engineering beauty that still continues to this day. The new supercar is said to debut in 2014 and have a run of 500 units.