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Hi guys, I think it may be a cool idea to have one master thread with the latest reviews and media mentions re the MP4-12c


Looking forward to mine in fall 2012.
 

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That's my car before the wheels where p-c'd. One of the pics is on the Dallas Mclaren website.
 

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Wow, that's awesome! How is the ride for you? I have a '10 cts-v and enjoy the horses. As you guys know GM tried to market that car as a daily "super car" and were not successful from both a sales and marketing perspective.

Do you feel safe on your daily errand runs when you take a true supercar and expose it to environmental risks?
 

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Hi guys, I think it may be a cool idea to have one master thread with the latest reviews and media mentions re the MP4-12c


Looking forward to mine in fall 2012.
I don't feel like a full copy paste of all the links here, but I try to maintain on my blog the most complete list here. I'll post the updates for reviews when I see new ones coming by.
 

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Full review in Car Mag (South Africa) May issue. No link available online yet for the article, I will publish later a summary on my blog but here is a transcript of the track test comments:
When we made the call to tell Deon Joubert that local agents Daytona had iven the McLaren the green light for Killarney track testing, he was - shall we say - stunned.
"It's a rare privilege," he said. "It's like my birthday and Christmas rolled into one." Having studied a number of overseas track evaluations, Deon had some concerns. With the ESP in track mode, the MP4-12C will allow a lot of sliding before intervening, but it will nevertheless intervene.
ANd it has been speculated that, should the intervention occur at the same time that the driver tries to catch a slide, the two actions could conflict and result in a spin - which happened on several overseas tests with very experienced drivers behind the wheel. So, we asked the car's local distributors for the secret procedure to completly disengage the car's electronic nanny.
Operating without a safety net appeared to work fantastically from the outset. Even on the first of the two hot laps, Deon had already surpassed our previous track champion's lap time. On lap two, he then went even faster. No fuss. No frills. And importantly, no spills.
But what did he think of it? "I'm not sure," he said after exiting the car. "It is bloody fast, but there's some lag and I don't like the sound," he suggested, tugging at his beard. "Like most of the new turbocharged cars, you have to shift into the boost, rather than rev it, which I don't like very much. There's also a lightness to the steering that I have to get used to. Overall, it is quite a tricky car to gel with, but you can feel there's a lot to come out of it."
He then did a few more laps for filming purposes, got out of the car and appeared for more impressed.
"The more I drive it, the more I like it. It's a bit like the BMW M5 in the sense that there's so much more it could offer a driver should that person have the talent and the time. And it feels like it can do laps all day. The brakes are still strong and the tyres look still good, which of course is because the car is so light. A Nissan GT-R would be very, very far behind after 10 or so laps, I think. And these standard tyres squeal quite a bit, so with proper rubber the gap to the GT-R will be even bigger. It will take something special to dethrone this car."
Killarney top five
1. McLaren MP4-12C 1:19,01
2. Nissan R35 GT-R (2011) 1:19,79
3. Audi R8 V10 1:20,26
4. Nissan R35 GT-R (2009) 1:20,29
5. Lamborghini Gallardo Supperleggera (2008) 1:20,58
 

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Full review in Car Mag (South Africa) May issue. No link available online yet for the article, I will publish later a summary on my blog but here is a transcript of the track test comments:
When we made the call to tell Deon Joubert that local agents Daytona had iven the McLaren the green light for Killarney track testing, he was - shall we say - stunned.
"It's a rare privilege," he said. "It's like my birthday and Christmas rolled into one." Having studied a number of overseas track evaluations, Deon had some concerns. With the ESP in track mode, the MP4-12C will allow a lot of sliding before intervening, but it will nevertheless intervene.
ANd it has been speculated that, should the intervention occur at the same time that the driver tries to catch a slide, the two actions could conflict and result in a spin - which happened on several overseas tests with very experienced drivers behind the wheel. So, we asked the car's local distributors for the secret procedure to completly disengage the car's electronic nanny.
Operating without a safety net appeared to work fantastically from the outset. Even on the first of the two hot laps, Deon had already surpassed our previous track champion's lap time. On lap two, he then went even faster. No fuss. No frills. And importantly, no spills.
But what did he think of it? "I'm not sure," he said after exiting the car. "It is bloody fast, but there's some lag and I don't like the sound," he suggested, tugging at his beard. "Like most of the new turbocharged cars, you have to shift into the boost, rather than rev it, which I don't like very much. There's also a lightness to the steering that I have to get used to. Overall, it is quite a tricky car to gel with, but you can feel there's a lot to come out of it."
He then did a few more laps for filming purposes, got out of the car and appeared for more impressed.
"The more I drive it, the more I like it. It's a bit like the BMW M5 in the sense that there's so much more it could offer a driver should that person have the talent and the time. And it feels like it can do laps all day. The brakes are still strong and the tyres look still good, which of course is because the car is so light. A Nissan GT-R would be very, very far behind after 10 or so laps, I think. And these standard tyres squeal quite a bit, so with proper rubber the gap to the GT-R will be even bigger. It will take something special to dethrone this car."
Killarney top five
1. McLaren MP4-12C 1:19,01
2. Nissan R35 GT-R (2011) 1:19,79
3. Audi R8 V10 1:20,26
4. Nissan R35 GT-R (2009) 1:20,29
5. Lamborghini Gallardo Supperleggera (2008) 1:20,58
Very impressive considering the others are all AWD, can't imagine what he would have done with the stickier Corsa's. Noticeably absent from the top 5 is Ferrari...
 

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Full review in Car Mag (South Africa) May issue. No link available online yet for the article, I will publish later a summary on my blog but here is a transcript of the track test comments:
When we made the call to tell Deon Joubert that local agents Daytona had iven the McLaren the green light for Killarney track testing, he was - shall we say - stunned.
"It's a rare privilege," he said. "It's like my birthday and Christmas rolled into one." Having studied a number of overseas track evaluations, Deon had some concerns. With the ESP in track mode, the MP4-12C will allow a lot of sliding before intervening, but it will nevertheless intervene.
ANd it has been speculated that, should the intervention occur at the same time that the driver tries to catch a slide, the two actions could conflict and result in a spin - which happened on several overseas tests with very experienced drivers behind the wheel. So, we asked the car's local distributors for the secret procedure to completly disengage the car's electronic nanny.
Operating without a safety net appeared to work fantastically from the outset. Even on the first of the two hot laps, Deon had already surpassed our previous track champion's lap time. On lap two, he then went even faster. No fuss. No frills. And importantly, no spills.
But what did he think of it? "I'm not sure," he said after exiting the car. "It is bloody fast, but there's some lag and I don't like the sound," he suggested, tugging at his beard. "Like most of the new turbocharged cars, you have to shift into the boost, rather than rev it, which I don't like very much. There's also a lightness to the steering that I have to get used to. Overall, it is quite a tricky car to gel with, but you can feel there's a lot to come out of it."
He then did a few more laps for filming purposes, got out of the car and appeared for more impressed.
"The more I drive it, the more I like it. It's a bit like the BMW M5 in the sense that there's so much more it could offer a driver should that person have the talent and the time. And it feels like it can do laps all day. The brakes are still strong and the tyres look still good, which of course is because the car is so light. A Nissan GT-R would be very, very far behind after 10 or so laps, I think. And these standard tyres squeal quite a bit, so with proper rubber the gap to the GT-R will be even bigger. It will take something special to dethrone this car."
Killarney top five
1. McLaren MP4-12C 1:19,01
2. Nissan R35 GT-R (2011) 1:19,79
3. Audi R8 V10 1:20,26
4. Nissan R35 GT-R (2009) 1:20,29
5. Lamborghini Gallardo Supperleggera (2008) 1:20,58
Somebody has uploaded full scans of the article here on German Car Forum.
 
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