McLaren’s new MP4-12C supercar has entered production at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.
The first example (called Chassis 01) is the first of up to a thousand MP4-12Cs that McLaren will build in 2011, although production will switch to its bespoke new £40 million McLaren Production Centre adjacent to the MTC in May.
The MP4-12C was first shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last summer and has since toured several cities that will be part of its new 35-strong dealer network. The car will cost from £168,500, around £3000 less than its chief rival, the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Company boss Ron Dennis has previously pledged that buyers will not only get the fastest car money can buy with the MP4-12C, 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 10 seconds, and stop from 124mph in less than five seconds.