Missed your chance to buy a new McLaren F1 back in the 90s? Got a spot in your garage for a mid engine, rear drive 600 horsepower supercar, but want one that’s easier to live with on a daily basis than the original McLaren F1? Then get your financing in order, because the McLaren MP4-12C may be just the ticket. More pics after the jump.
First of a range of new automobiles from McLaren Automotive, the MP4-12C will be built in Woking, England. It will utilize a carbon fiber chassis to minimize weight and borrows heavily from McLaren’s F1 bag of tricks. To reduce understeer in fast corners, the car will use ‘brake steer’ technology which brakes the inside rear wheel. To minimize shift time, gears can be pre-selected on the steering wheel’s paddle shifter. The interior abandons the F1’s 1+2 layout in favor of a more convention 2 seat side-by-side configuration.
Final pricing for the North American market has not been published, but estimates put it somewhere north of $225,000. Given the target market and level of performance, I’d say that’s just about right.