The heart of McLaren Automotive - The McLaren Technology Centre and the new McLaren Production Centre. The headquarters for one of the most successful Formula One racing teams, the Woking facility is world renowned for technology innovations and design. JF Musial tours the new production line for the MP4-12C and looks behind the scenes at what's to come for the growing super car company and race team.
The Hidden Workshops of Porsche Classic - DRIVEN
Located in Stuttgart Germany, Porsche Classic is a workshop dedicated to keeping rare and exotic Porsches working and on the road in their original form. Part of Porsche AG, Porsche Classic uses the knowledge and same production processes as when the cars were originally produced.
What's Next For The World's Favorite Roadster -- ROAD TESTAMENT
Chris Harris guests by Skype to talk about why he's no fan of the latest Mazda MX-5 roadster, what he's hoping from the next generation, and what a Mazda-based Alfa Romeo spider might look like when it comes out in 2015. That is, if all goes as planned.
LOUD Purple Aventador LP760-4 : 2X Start Up & Drive
I saw this epic Lamborghini Aventador in Cannes, it belongs to the now famous (ofr his cars at least) Nasser Al Thani. By the way, its initials are on the car... It's wrapped in a matte pink/purple, with orange at the corner of every piece of the body. It has a carbon spoiler which I think looks cool !
The V12 is now tuned to 760hp by Oakley Design, who did the looks job too... It started up two times, enough to scare the crowds two times ! It really sounds insane !!
Camera used : Canon 600D with 18-135 & 10-20 lenses
Nissan GT-R Track Pack v Porsche 997 Turbo S - CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
It's been raining in England for the past 6 weeks, so this is a damp test. The GT-R Track Pack seems a bit half-hearted and, on-paper, the 997 turbo S is the closest rival. I went to an evening track event at Brands hatch to discover the differences/ work out if the Track pack is worth the extra cash.
Bugatti Veyron vs McLaren MP4-12C
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This year on goldRush Rally there were some INCREDIBLE cars! The sight of 5 Bugatti Veyrons within 1 week was insane. On one of the last days of the rally while we were driving through Antarctica I had the chance to ride in the almighty matte white Bugatti Veyron. The car was put in 800HP mode before we started driving so unfortunately this video doesn't show complete destruction of the McLaren. In fact the McLaren held up pretty well considering the Bugatti has almost double the HP.
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McLaren P1 Auto Racing Aerodynamics Explained - SHAKEDOWN
Leo Parente and ShakeDown follow-up on Chris Harris and Mike Spinelli's /DRIVE videos about the McLaren P1 [at the Paris Auto Show] and the Porsche 962C [at Porsche's Weissach Test Track]. Because the 2 cars tell the same story about how racecar aerodynamics and ground effects make for better cars.
Jalopnik.com - McLaren P1 Aero
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New McLaren P1 - opening the door! (exclusive video)
New McLaren P1, in action(on stand) with opening door. World premier. Paris.27-28.09.12. Power to weight ratio will be more than 600PS per tonne. And 1 000 000 Euros price
The McLaren P1 follows in the footsteps of the classic McLaren F1 as the 'ultimate car' offering. The name ties in with Grand Prix racing. P1 means first place -- and McLaren has 180 GP victories in its 46 year Formula One history -- or position one on the grid (McLaren has scored 153 pole positions). There is also heritage in that name: the McLaren F1 was initially known as Project 1, or P1
The McLaren F1 was lauded as the greatest supercar of its era when it was first shown 20 years ago. At the time, it was the world's most technologically advanced and fastest supercar.
The McLaren P1 leverages five decades of McLaren's motorsport skills. It was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance and spent many hours in a wind tunnel and using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling -- just like a Formula One car.
The new McLaren P1 has much higher levels of downforce than any current road car -- 600kg is achieved well below maximum speed. That is approximately five times as much downforce as a McLaren 12C. Its margin over most other high performance supercars is even greater. The McLaren P1's downforce is similar to current sports racing cars, including the 12C GT3 racer.
'Of course, the McLaren P1 will have an immensely powerful engine, superb brakes and state of the art suspension controls,' says Programme Director Paul Mackenzie. Power to weight ratio will be more than 600PS per tonne. 'But a major reason for its extraordinary performance is its high level of downforce and its all round aerodynamic excellence. They do not just improve stability, handling, roadholding and braking at high speed. They also improve agility and driver confidence at much lower speeds. Our goal was to get great levels of downforce at lower speeds, and we have achieved that. It is a major Boost to driving enjoyment, and to a driver's feeling of being in total control.
This goal -- racing car-like track performance from a road car -- was one of the primary targets for McLaren P1. 'It reflects the fact that many buyers of today's fastest supercars do use them increasingly on the race track, at special owner events,' says Mackenzie. 'We wanted a car that would feel like a proper racing car. And then could be driven home in great comfort and refinement. In other words, a real McLaren but with an even broader breadth of ability.'
The McLaren P1 also has a DRS (drag reduction system) function, like a Grand Prix car, to reduce downforce and increase straight line speed. But while a Formula 1 car has a moveable flap in the rear wing, the McLaren P1's rear wing's pitch is adjusted.
In addition to the adjustable 'active' rear wing, the McLaren P1's aerodynamic performance is optimised using two flaps mounted under the body ahead of the front wheels. These are also actively controlled, and change angle automatically to optimise performance, Boosting downforce and aero efficiency, increasing both speed and driver confidence. The flaps operate through a range of 0-60 degrees.
The rear wing and front flaps work together to Boost handling, braking and straight line performance. The active aerodynamics ensures totally consistent handling and driving behavior. The rear wing can also act as an airbrake when deployed.
All the body panels are carbon fibre to reduce weight. This carries on a McLaren innovation: it was the first company to offer a full carbon body Grand Prix car (in 1981) and the first to offer a full carbon body road car (the F1).
There are also very few body panels. The McLaren P1 has large clamshell single-moulded front and rear panels, which are attached to the central carbon MonoCage, and that's it, apart from two small access flaps in the rear, a front bonnet and the two doors. This reduces weight and the number of shutlines, creating a cleaner appearance..
The large carbon panels are also multi-functional, with integrated scoops and ducts to Boost aero performance and cooling. The panels are extraordinarily thin and light whilst being very strong. Lightness, as with all McLaren road cars, was a priority for the McLaren P1. If one component can do the work of two, or more, it replaces the need for separate components. 'This approach is more weight efficient, but it does require more complex structures, with fewer parts but more design time,' notes Chief Design Engineer Parry-Williams.
Behind the Scenes at Pagani - DRIVEN
Inside one of the newest super car companies in the world, Pagani. JF Musial explores why this small super car company located 15 minutes from Ferrari and Lamborghini is setting a new standard for how exotic vehicles should be designed and produced. Interviewed is company founder Horacio Pagani next two his latest creation, the Huayra.
F1 Making Of: Red Bull RB7 Flat Out in New Jersey - SHAKEDOWN
David Coulthard flat out in a Red Bull RB7 on the new Weehawken New Jersey Formula One street circuit. Red Bull Media House and Red Bull Racing join up to produce a promotional film for the upcoming 2013 Grand Prix of America in Weehawken and West New York, New Jersey. On hand is the Special Events Red Bull Racing team and former F1 driver David Coulthard.
Red Bull Racing F1 Car Drives in Lincoln Tunnel
The Red Bull F1 Running Showcar Plays The Star-Spangled Banner
Formula 1 Comes to America! - Red Bull Racing takes first lap in Texas
YouTube - The NJ Grand Prix - F1 to NY and America in 2013 - SHAKEDOWN
2013 McLaren MP4 12C Spider Production
McLAREN FORMULA 1 DNA MEETS THE THRILL OF OPEN TOP DRIVING IN THE NEW 12C SPIDER
.Unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) of new 12C Spider may be operated at speeds up to 30kph (19mph)
.Shared Formula 1 technology DNA in 12C and 12C Spider means performance is similarly impressive for both derivatives
.McLaren 12C Spider configurator launched online at: www.configure.mclaren.com
.12C Spider now available to order through 38 McLaren retailers in 22 countries worldwide
McLaren Automotive today announces the launch of its second model in the MP4-12C family: the stunning new 12C Spider. With a lightweight, high powered engine developing an incredible 625 PS (616 bhp), unique RHT folding roof system that may be operated while on the move, and carbon 'MonoCell' chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C, the 12C Spider is a luxury convertible sports car that offers prospective owners a unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability.
The new 12C Spider will be priced from £195,500 in the UK and is now available to order from bespoke new McLaren retailers across the globe. First deliveries to customers are planned for November this year.
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: "I am really excited to announce that the new 12C Spider is now available to order at new McLaren retailers worldwide. The launch of our second model is an exciting milestone in the growth of our company.
"While the 12C is the technological essence of a race car, the 12C Spider incorporates an additional dimension. 12C Spider owners will love the opportunity to lower the roof and hear the unhindered howl of a V8 twin turbo engine at full throttle. It undoubtedly enhances an already euphoric 12C driving experience.
"The 12C Spider delivers all the thrills characteristic of a high performance roadster, and yet transforms into a raucous track beast at the flick of a switch. I can't wait to see it on road and track with customers later this year."
The 12C Spider's impressive 625 PS output from its bespoke 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine is transmitted to the car's rear driven wheels through a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, which itself provides lightning-fast gear changes through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel. A clear view of the 12C Spider's lightweight M838T power plant is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.
Vehicle dynamics technology including Brake Steer, ProActive Chassis Control and the unique McLaren Airbrake combine to offer sublime comfort in all driving conditions; and yet deliver race car performance and handling on track. An overview of 12C Spider performance compared with the 12C is below:
MP4-12C Spider* MP4-12C *
(625 PS/616 bhp) (625 PS/616 bhp)
0-62 mph (0-100 kph) 3.1 sec 3.1 sec
0-100mph (0-161kph) 6.1 6.0
0-124 mph(0-200 kph) 9.0 sec 8.8 sec
¼ mile (400m)
10.8 sec @ 134 mph (216 kph) 10.6 sec @ 136 mph (219 kph)
V Max 204 mph (329 kph) 207 mph (333 kph)
Fuel efficiency, EU MPG (litres/100km)
24.2 (11.7) 24.2 (11.7)
CO2 g/km 279 279
* when specified with PZero Corsa tyres
The Ultimate Flame Thrower: The McLaren MP4-12C GT3
The various Mclaren MP4-12C GT3 that you see in this video can definitely be considered real flame throwers on four wheels. I recorded them during the qualifying session of the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza Circuit.
For the first 30 seconds of the video you can see some slow motion scenes but without audio / music. I know that it would havve been perfect some music during that part of the video but I don't want to put music in order not to violate copyright ( I know there are many websites with tons of songs free from copyrights but I preferred not to risk).
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McLaren MP4-12C start up
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My new Canon 5d mk3 arrived!! I went to my friends garage and had to test out the video and picture quality. This video is shot with the Rode Videomic Pro and automatic settings on the camera. The McLaren has a stunning sound at startup!
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