I had my 12C on the racetrack again last night and I agree with every single word that Motor Trend has written. This is a very objective and fair assessment of what the 12C does and how it does it. My buddies last night were in GT3 and RS Porsches with non-stock alignments and running Cup tires. If I'm completely honest, my 12C on standard P Zeros gave up a smidge in the tightest of corners and Brake Steer was working overtime to keep it close. Obviously on the straights, it was no contest. Given the tire grip disadvantage, I was in awe of 12C's inherent capabilities and so were my buddies, who are track junkies and all quite handy behind the wheel. If the 12C was on Cups, or even Corsas, I can't even imagine how insanely capable it would be.
Obviously, nobody likes to finish 5th in a magazine article, but if I'm McLaren <acronym title="Google Page Ranking">PR</acronym> reading what is actually being said, this is exactly the type of review that will give the brand its unique identity. McLaren is putting all of this technology into the cars to raise performance to a new level and you really cannot argue with that lap time. I doubt that Williams' F1 drivers were complaining that the car was doing everything for them, back when they had active suspensions and lapping 5 seconds faster than everybody else. Now, people will say these are road cars so that is irrelevant. But, actually, it is not. This is exactly how McLaren needs to keep setting themselves apart from its competitors. They need to make cars that can redefine performance. To do, so they may always get shaded in the "feel" department by contenders that are not so focused on speed. But, over the long term, that is what will give the brand its USP and even the press will begin to recognize it as very intentional. Others are only talking about transferring F1 technology to the road; McLaren is actually doing it.
Now, was it fun
last night to dice it up on track with RS Porsches in my daily driver? What do you think?