McLaren MP412C sportscar celebrates first anniversary: Spider to be unveiled tomorrow

Its been a year since McLaren Automotive, the British sportscar manufacturer launched MP4-12C. Within this one year, McLaren Automotive has sold over 1,000 units of MP4-12C globally. They have established a network of dealers which are set across 22 countries, helping them to reach their customers and fans with ease.

In order to celebrate this last one year, McLaren has just released a teaser image of their new droptop MP4-12C Spider. Coming just 12 months after launch of the MP4-12C road car, McLaren Automotive has officially announced the new open top high performance sports car 12C Spider. The vehicle will be based on the same ultra light and rigid chassis but will have a more powerful mid mounted M838T 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 engine.

It will have power at 470 kW that is approximately 18 kW more than the MP4 -12C. Its engine will be mated to a seven speed transmission translating to 100 km per hour in 3.1 seconds while having abilities to reach a top speed of 320 km per hour.

The 12C Spyder as it is more commonly called will have a design that is outstanding while performance is at its peak. The car is officially confirmed while photos and artist renderings have appeared which showcase the open top version. McLaren has also revealed that the MP4-12C Spider will be capable of reaching top speeds of 300 km per hour. One will have to await more details of this high performance car in the not too distant future.

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McLaren announces new 12C Spider

McLaren announces its next new high performance sports car, the 12C Spider

McLaren releases video of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Racing driver, Jenson Button discussing driving in an open top vehicle

McLaren Automotive announces its second model, the new 12C Spider. The new Spider boasts 616 horsepower, a twin-turbo V8-engine, and just like the coupe it is capable of 0-60mph in 3 seconds*.

The 12C Spider is built on the same groundbreaking carbon fiber MonoCell chassis as the coupe. With all of the advanced technology from the 12C coupe incorporated into the 12C Spider it will be just as dynamic as the coupe to drive.

To mark the announcement of the new Spider, McLaren is releasing a video featuring Formula 1 driver Jenson Button. Button, who knows well the sensation of driving at full throttle in an open top car, discusses what speed means to him; the connection he feels with the machine he drives and about what he senses when driving at 200mph without a roof. But is he talking about his MP4-27 Formula 1 car or the 12C Spider? Go to to find out.

More information on this exciting new addition to the McLaren Automotive range will be released in the next few days when ordering commences across the company’s network of retailers.


During the last 12 months, McLaren Automotive has:
– Established a global retail network across 22 countries
– Achieved sales of over 1000 12C high performance sports cars
– Officially opened its McLaren Production Centre by Prime Minister David Cameron
– Won Best British Luxury Brand
– Launched McLaren Special Operations to create bespoke 12C sports cars
– Debuted the 12C GT3 race car

June 21 2012 represents an extraordinary milestone for McLaren Automotive which has, in the last 12 months, evolved into a global luxury car producer. It was exactly a year ago since the first 12C high performance sports car was sold, and McLaren opened its very first retailer in the UK. Twelve months later, sales of the 12C have surpassed 1000 and McLaren has expanded its retail network into 22 countries across the globe.

Managing Director Antony Sheriff said “This is a proud moment in time for everyone at McLaren where, in only 12 months, the 12C has established itself as one of the most acclaimed high performance sports cars in the world amongst a very discerning customer. From the day that Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button officially opened our very first showroom in London, McLaren is now present in 38 cities in 22 countries across the globe.

“At the heart of this journey is a single-minded focus on the very highest quality and personal care and support wherever our customers are in the world. That is what our customers expect after they buy the car, and are just as important as a fast lap time.”

Global retail network in 22 countries
Through four regional offices, each with its own management team, McLaren showrooms are now located in some of the most prestigious locations around the world:

Europe: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Monaco
North America: USA, Canada
Middle East / Africa: UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa
Asia Pacific: Japan, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong

Official opening of the McLaren Production Centre (MPC)
Prime Minister David Cameron officially opened the new MPC in Woking and, during the visit Mr Cameron said that he had never seen anything quite like it. Describing the work of McLaren Group as “inspiring”, the Prime Minister said his visit was a great reminder that Britain still had “world class engineering, world class manufacturing and world class production techniques.” He added “it’s visits to places like this that make me optimistic about the future.”

Walpole award for Best British Luxury Brand
McLaren Automotive emerged as the winner from a shortlist of some of Britain’s most revered luxury firms, all of whom exemplify excellence in the luxury sector. On collecting the award McLaren Group & Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis said “We set out to build a world leading automotive business, manufacturing and marketing category leading, high-performance vehicles. To be recognised by such esteemed peers as having also built Britain’s Best Luxury Brand is both an honour and reaffirmation for our team that we are moving in the right direction.”

Launch of McLaren Special Operations
McLaren Special Operations is the new division of McLaren Automotive, responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects for McLaren sports cars – and is headed by Programme Director Paul Mackenzie. “McLaren Automotive already offers 12C customers extensive options to personalise their car. However we recognise some owners have specific tastes and we have the knowledge and capability to design, engineer and produce almost anything a customer may desire for their 12C.” said Mackenzie.

Debut of new 12C GT3
As McLaren GT prepared to enter two cars in the Blancpain Endurance Series race at Magny Cours, the new GT race car manufacturer announced that the first 25 12C GT3 race cars available to purchase for racing in 2012 were sold. Like the 12C road car on which the 12C GT3 race car is based, demand has outstripped supply. The limited production run of race cars has been distributed to customer teams for racing in various championships across Europe.


McLaren Automotive: Jenson Button on the open top driving experience