|McLaren MP4-12C '10|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 5|
Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo Sport
|Type in GT5||PR|
|Interior in GT6||Detailed|
|Max Power||600 HP|
|Performance Points||581 PP|
|Max Torque||601 Nm|
|Standing Quarter Mile||10.65 seconds|
|Weight||1,350 kilograms (3,000 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||2.28 kg (5.0 lb) per horsepower|
The McLaren MP4-12C is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. The car's final design was unveiled on 8 September 2009, and it is set to be launched in 2011. The MP4-12C will feature a carbon fibre composite chassis, and will be powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engine developing approximately 592 bhp (441 kW; 600 PS) and around 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) of torque. The car will make use of Formula 1-sourced technologies such as "brake steer", where the inside rear wheel is braked during fast cornering to reduce understeer. Power will be transmitted to the wheels through a 7-speed Seamless Shift dual-clutch gearbox equipped with "Pre-Cog", which allows the driver to pre-select the next gear by half-pulling the paddle shifter behind the steering wheel, which allows the transmission to execute faster gear changes.
"McLaren's 3rd generation supercar, offering a new lightweight body."
Following in the footsteps of the McLaren F1 with its ultimate performance, and the SLR McLaren with Mercedes-Benz, the third McLaren supercar was given the name MP4, as if to remind one of its relationship with F1 machines. As with the revolutionary MP4 F1 car that introduced carbon composite bodies to F1 racing back in 1981, the major point of note in this car is the one-piece carbon composite "mono-cell" tub ulitized in its structure.
The weight of the mono-cell alone is just 80 kg and contributes greatly to weight reduction. In the front and rear of the mono-cell is an aluminum frame to which the engine and suspension are assembled.
The midship-mounted engine is a 3.8-liter V8 twin turbo, with a maximum output of 591 HP. The displacement and power specifications may perhaps appear to be surprisingly modest for a McLaren road car. However its performance is nothing short of incredible, as its boasts a top speed of over 198 mph, 0-1,312.3 ft (400m) acceleration of approximately 11 seconds, and a 0-124 mph acceleration of less than 10 seconds, giving it a performance level equal to or greater than the Ferrari 458 Italia.
The brakes ulitize the air brake system also used on the SLR McLaren, that has been further refined. The 7-speed dual clutch system is given the name "Seamless Shift Gearbox," much like F1 machines, and incorporates six preset driving models. The electronically controlled suspension is set up as a 4-wheel double wishbone configuration, and it is notable that the front-rear-left-right dampers are connected hydraulically for ride comfort.
The McLaren MP4-12C features as a Premium car in Gran Turismo 5. It is, therefore, available to be purchased from the McLaren dealership for 225,000 Credits. This purchase requires the player to be Level 14 (A-Spec or B-Spec) or higher. It is used in the final test for the S License, which is the final License Test as a whole.
Returning from Gran Turismo 5, the McLaren MP4-12C gets a detailed interior in Gran Turismo 6. It is available for purchase from the McLaren dealership for 225,000 Credits.
This car can be purchased in the McLaren section of Brand Central for 225,000 Credits.
- The car's engine is very loosely based on Nissan's VRH35L twin-turbo racing engine that was used in the Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car, as both engines have the same 93 mm bore.