Affordable is a relative term, since there are those who find McLaren’s $229,000 MP4-12C to be the supercar bargain of the year. For those of us who associate that price more with houses than with cars, there’s good news on the horizon: beginning later this year, you should be able to put a McLaren in your garage for under $10,000. Better yet, it’s likely to be a race-proven McLaren, complete with an electronic transmission. Think there’s probably a catch? Read on to find out.
Just as with the MP4-12C, your $10,000 McLaren comes with lots of carbon fiber. Unlike the MP4-12C, it comes with only two (spoked) wheels, and you provide the horsepower. Developed in conjunction with bicycle component manufacturer Specialized, the S-Works McLaren Venge will be used by top racers such as Mark Cavendish, and will be campaigned by teams such as Saxo Bank-Sungard and Astana throughout the racing season. The frame is said to weigh less than 2.2 pounds, and the bike is expected to start at around $9,000 when it hits stores late this year.