McLaren's Special Operations division reveals bespoke 12C concept car
Darren Moss
7 December 2013

The McLaren 12C MSO concept car has been revealed.

Posted on the company's Facebook page, the car has been created to showcase the bespoke specification services available to McLaren customers from the Special Operations division.

The concept features a revised bonnet, new front wing louvres, new rear wing vents and a uniquely shaped airbrake at the rear. To save weight, the additions are all created from carbonfibre, with titanium wheel bolts, oil and water filler caps shedding more weight from the 12C. New lightweight wheel designs complete the exterior. 

McLaren hasn't said how much weight has been saved, but it's expected to be a mild reduction to the standard car's 1434kg kerb weight. 

Inside, the company has added extra trim and a new instrument cluster made from carbonfibre. 

McLaren hasn't said whether the car will be available to order, or whether the concept will become a production option in the future.

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McLaren 12C

The McLaren 12C has extraordinary pace and handling, but is a touch clinical

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7 December 2013
I just love what McLaren have called their customisation department. It's like the name Ian Fleming would give it! Tasteful additions to an already superb car. Would love one myself.

7 December 2013
Whose scared of the Porsche918 then........?

Peter Cavellini.

7 December 2013
[quote=Peter Cavellini]Whose scared of the Porsche918 then........?[/quote] Given that the P1 is sold-out, not McLaren.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

7 December 2013
[quote=Frightmare Bob][quote=Peter Cavellini]Whose scared of the Porsche918 then........?[/quote] Given that the P1 is sold-out, not McLaren.[/quote] And unofficially, the P1 has lapped the Nurburgring in 6 minutes 47 seconds, which is 10 seconds fatser than the 918.

7 December 2013
[quote=Frightmare Bob][quote=Peter Cavellini]Whose scared of the Porsche918 then........?[/quote] Given that the P1 is sold-out, not McLaren.[/quote] Are not manufacturers compelled to doing stylistic alterations (ie facelifts) when there is no longer much interest in a car and sales are rapidly drying up.... The other strategy if cars are not moving is to drastically drop prices, like they did in Australia in May this year (19% drop). Apparently 7 cars sold in the first 4 months of 2013.

7 December 2013
Frightmare Bob@ Ever heard of people who buy a brand, regardless if there is something better?

Peter Cavellini.

7 December 2013
From the side it looks like a Toyota MR2 mk2 A fool and his money...........

7 December 2013
The MP4 is simply the most complete, best engineered and best all-round car in its class. It may not have the aural or visual stimulation of a 458, or the nervousness of the Ferrari either which is probably a good thing, but as an overall supercar, the MP4 is without peers. And the P1 replicates this in the class above. I'd sooner spend my money on something that has been thoroughly engineered with superb attention to detail and has advanced but useful technology, not something that is a pantomime act that merely thinks it's worth the money on heritage, stimulation and looks alone.

7 December 2013
[quote=Roadster]The MP4 is simply the most complete, best engineered and best all-round car in its class. It may not have the aural or visual stimulation of a 458, or the nervousness of the Ferrari either which is probably a good thing, but as an overall supercar, the MP4 is without peers. And the P1 replicates this in the class above. I'd sooner spend my money on something that has been thoroughly engineered with superb attention to detail and has advanced but useful technology, not something that is a pantomime act that merely thinks it's worth the money on heritage, stimulation and looks alone.[/quote] You speak with some authority, I can only assume from your post that you have driven them all.

 

9 December 2013
Considering it's a concept car, it looks remarkably unexciting, dull even. Design wise, you can see McLaren was trying to ape the Ferrari 458 and the Porsche 918 but without any of their flair. On the other hand the exterior detailing is far too fussy and lacking cohesion. And it looks as if McLaren lifted the central console design straight out of the Porsche 918. Shameless copying.

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