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McLaren has officialy launched its new supercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

McLaren has given its MP4-12C its world public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The new V8 supercar has taken part in Friday morning's first supercar run at the Festival and will be driven by both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton throughout the weekend.

See the pics of the McLaren MP4 in action at Goodwood

The MP4 is now entering its final stages of development - having completed more than one million test miles on five continents - and building work is underway at the McLaren Production Centre where the car will be built from early 2011, although initial production will commence at the McLaren Technology Centre later this year.

The MP4 has been given a target price of less than £175,000, and company boss Ron Dennis has pledged that buyers will not only get the fastest car money can buy, but also the highest build quality and highest level of dealer and aftersales support from any car manufacturer.

The MP4’s Ricardo-developed twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre 90-degree V8 engine will rev to 8500rpm, with its maximum 592bhp output arriving at 7000rpm. The peak 442lb ft of torque is available from 3000rpm, although 80 per cent is available between 2000-6500rpm.

McLaren says the car will travel from 0-124mph in less than ten seconds, and stop from 124mph in less than five seconds. It will stop from 100mph in 30 metres - or seven car lengths.

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Straight Six Man 3 July 2010

Re: Goodwood: McLaren MP4 launched

Dan McNeil v2 wrote:
Straight Six Man wrote:

Dan McNeil v2 wrote:
Straight Six Man wrote:
Apparently Lewis Hamilton was overheard recently suggesting that the MP4-12C is a bit dull...
Now that's the pot calling the kettle black.

Hmm. Not sure. Hamilton can be very entertaining.

I was referring to his terminally dull personality.
Straight Six Man wrote:
Did you see his last qualifying lap in the wet in Malaysia this year?! At one point he came out of a corner in a massive four-wheel drift...
He needs to learn how to drive, then.
Straight Six Man wrote:
You can hardly call the Gallardo mass-produced.
I just did. 10,000 cars. It's mass produced.

Hamilton was driving the balls of that car in monsoon conditions, and the times he was clocking were utterly impossible. I'd like to see you drive an F1 car in such wet conditions that fast... and 10k Gallardos is not mass-produced. Remember, for every ten Gallardos they build, 7 go up in flames...

Dan McNeil v2 3 July 2010

Re: Goodwood: McLaren MP4 launched

Straight Six Man wrote:

Dan McNeil v2 wrote:
Straight Six Man wrote:
Apparently Lewis Hamilton was overheard recently suggesting that the MP4-12C is a bit dull...
Now that's the pot calling the kettle black.

Hmm. Not sure. Hamilton can be very entertaining.

I was referring to his terminally dull personality.
Straight Six Man wrote:
Did you see his last qualifying lap in the wet in Malaysia this year?! At one point he came out of a corner in a massive four-wheel drift...
He needs to learn how to drive, then.
Straight Six Man wrote:
You can hardly call the Gallardo mass-produced.
I just did. 10,000 cars. It's mass produced.

Straight Six Man 3 July 2010

Re: Goodwood: McLaren MP4 launched

Dan McNeil v2 wrote:
Straight Six Man wrote:
Fezza
Fezza...

Your point is?

Dan McNeil v2 wrote:
Straight Six Man wrote:
Apparently Lewis Hamilton was overheard recently suggesting that the MP4-12C is a bit dull...
Now that's the pot calling the kettle black.

Hmm. Not sure. Hamilton can be very entertaining. Did you see his last qualifying lap in the wet in Malaysia this year?! At one point he came out of a corner in a massive four-wheel drift...

Dan McNeil v2 wrote:
Straight Six Man wrote:
I think, if I were in that kind of money, I'd have a Gallardo Balboni. Or an Audi R8.
The former is a minor variation on a mass-produced car. As for the R8 - it's a rather boorish chav's express

You can hardly call the Gallardo mass-produced. 10,000 since 2003-ish, and most of them have burned out... it's still pretty exclusive! The reason I specified the Balboni was so it'd have RWD not 4WD... As for the R8, most people I meet driving them seem definitely middle-class, well-educated, far from chavvy. I like it overall - though certain bits of the styling are too flashy for my liking.

Dare I even say I'd quite like a 911? I think I'd quite like to have the GT3RS's engine in an ordinary narrow-body Carrera...