An average day for me involves about ten hours of combing the internet for relevant car news, then drafting stories for the various sites that pay me to peck at a keyboard for reinforcement (much like a pigeon in a Skinner box). An average day for Jay Leno involves touring McLaren’s new facilities in Woking, England, to check on the production status of his ordered MP4-12C. He still finds time to give Charlie Sheen advice on hookers and blow, then takes some hot laps on the Top Gear test track, guided by McLaren’s chief test driver. Please Jay, let me know how I can be your protege.
The video below has some great footage of McLaren’s assembly line, which does indeed look more like a futuristic hospital than an automotive assembly line. It’s also got some great scenes of Jay trying to drive the MP4-12C at the limit around the Top Gear test track. He learns firsthand about throttle-on oversteer and hard braking, but I can’t say I’d be doing that much better behind the wheel myself (OK, that was me being diplomatic – I’m well versed in the difference between squeezing the throttle and hammering it at corner exit).
If you happen to have relatives working for McLaren, please let them know my passport is valid and I’m ready, willing and able to give the MP4-12C a shakedown at Dunsfold Aerodrome.