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In short..... the wins!

a no nonsense approach to being the best and putting function over form.

The ethos of the company is inspiring.

One goal, one vision....win
 

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My uncle was Les Richter - he owned/operated Riverside Raceway (after his NFL Hall-of-Fame career with the LA Rams). In 1969 I was five, and my dad would often take me to CanAm races (among others) out at Riverside. Well, I remember "the orange car always wins" and "the Bruce and Denny Show." In fact, I remember overhearing someone say "you know we could all save a lot of time and hassle if we'd just decide now that McLaren was going to win - we could have a picnic!" My blood has been McLaren Orange sinced then.

I'm literally a car guy - at all and in every regard - because of them.

Then there was the Senna/Prost era. Then the F1 dropped the 0-60 record from 4.5 to 3.2 - all at once (that'll never happen again!) and held the record for top speed for over a decade until the Veyron (yawn) barely edged it. My signature line says it all - for me - really.

All you have to do is look under the skin of the 12C - it could be a defense satellite. Not counting the styling (which I love, but which I realize is a subjective thing) - the technical execution is nothing short of perfection. Little things like the A/C clutch are so astonishingly engineered - it's just so amazing and they've totally delivered beyond even my very jaded expectations.
 

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Always wanted an F1, i thought i would wait a while till they depriciated,like all new cars,then they stopped making them,how wrong could you get:D
Still a 20 year wait and i couldnt be happier,and what other brand could be cooler:cool:

And just about everything AUGUSTWEST says !!!!!
 

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I have over the years been invited to McLaren's Paddock Club. During these visits, i can see their dedication to being the best and winning. No other team in F1 has competed so consistently with Ferrari. Cannot afford the buy the F1 and it's also LHD. When i heard about the 12C, i had to have one.
 

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Hexagonal profile wiring.
It ain't the devil that's in the details..it's Ron Dennis
 

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I have over the years been invited to McLaren's Paddock Club. During these visits, i can see their dedication to being the best and winning. No other team in F1 has competed so consistently with Ferrari. Cannot afford the buy the F1 and it's also LHD. When i heard about the 12C, i had to have one.
I thought the F1 was CHD
 

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Despite the driver sitting in the middle of the car some rate it as LHD because of the shifter placement being to the right of the driver, similar to what you find in a LHD car. Makes little sense to me, but I've heard that opinion several times over the years.

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Hexagonal profile wiring.
It ain't the devil that's in the details..it's Ron Dennis
That obsession with perfection - that's another reason I'm here too. And the hexagonal wiring is one of the better examples.

But when I'm driving the car - regardless if I'm flying down a canyon or just tootling along with traffic - it's just the best car ever. When I get back into anything else now it feels old, like I went back to cassette from a CD. The 12C is the Car of Tomorrow. And I mean compared to pretty much anything.

The only car with a more comfortable ride is a Phantom. The only car that's faster hasn't been built yet (and it'll be a McLaren, too).

I love that as I'm just cruising along in this very comfy, quiet car that's getting 25mpg and rocking the tunes on cruise control ("Dr. Jekyl" mode) - I could pretty much kill anything that's stock (and most of what isn't) - as long as it cost less than $1M (and/or the race is below 175mph) ("Mr. Hyde" mode).

And if the road is twisty I don't care what you're driving.
 

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That obsession with perfection - that's another reason I'm here too. And the hexagonal wiring is one of the better examples.

But when I'm driving the car - regardless if I'm flying down a canyon or just tootling along with traffic - it's just the best car ever. When I get back into anything else now it feels old, like I went back to cassette from a CD. The 12C is the Car of Tomorrow. And I mean compared to pretty much anything.

The only car with a more comfortable ride is a Phantom. The only car that's faster hasn't been built yet (and it'll be a McLaren, too).

I love that as I'm just cruising along in this very comfy, quiet car that's getting 25mpg and rocking the tunes on cruise control ("Dr. Jekyl" mode) - I could pretty much kill anything that's stock (and most of what isn't) - as long as it cost less than $1M (and/or the race is below 175mph) ("Mr. Hyde" mode).

And if the road is twisty I don't care what you're driving.
+1,very well put August couldnt agree more
 

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This is how you get into a McLaren F1.



Wait - was that not the question? :D

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Real simple. I was in my late teens when Senna captured the F1 world in his McLaren Honda. The Senna Vs. Prost rivalry and sheer domination of McLaren team made an indelible mark in my brain. I saw the NSX at a Houston Auto show and I was in love. That was 1991. I have an NSX in my garage now. The fact that I have an opportunity to add a McLaren in my garage is just amazing to me!!

 

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Walked pass the Knightbridge showroom on the way to the Chicago Ribsack.

Car on display was calling me........
 

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Walked pass the Knightbridge showroom on the way to the Chicago Ribsack.

Car on display was calling me........
I got into them because my ( very bad ) " mate " (quoted above ), bought one and drove it to spa , took me out for a few laps and I fell in love .
Then he took me to the showroom!
I was doomed ...
 
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