Motorsport Magazine lined up the McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 991 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R for an all out 1000m drag race down an airstrip. While the 991 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R get a nice AWD jump off the line, the McLaren ends up screaming past both of them with ease.
McLaren released an incredible video about how they pushed the new McLaren P1 to run under 7 minutes at the Nürburgring. With a 903 HP 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo and Electric powertrain it’s only competitor thus far is the new Porsche 918 Spyder, the real question is, did the P1 beat the 918′s time of 6:57.
Enjoy the video below, if it doesn’t make you want drive fast, we don’t know what will!
Drive has a video comparison of the brand new Porsche 991 Turbo S going heads up agains the McLaren MP4-12C Spider, both on the track and an all out drag race up to 196 MPH. The results are pretty much what we expected after seeing the dyno results of the 991 Turbo S last week in which it only made a few more horsepower than the outgoing 997.2 Turbo S.
While the 911 Turbo S got a nice jump ahead from the start due to it’s awesome AWD and launch control, the MP4-12C reeled in the gap quickly, easily passing the Turbo S leaving it quite a few car lengths behind before letting off at 196 MPH. We should also note that the MP4-12C used in this test was a Spider which adds around 90 pounds to the car.
The McLaren MP4-12C has proven itself again to be one of the quickest and fastest production cars in the world behind only cars that cost in the millions. 3,000 pounds, mid-engine, 616HP and a 7 speed DCT is proving very hard to beat.
The title says it all, we came across this video of a McLaren MP4-12C walking by a Lamborghini Aventador in 1/2 Mile Race down an airstrip. While the numbers on paper (horsepower to weight ratios) have always favored the lighter MP4-12C vs the Aventador this is the first time we’ve seen the two in action side by side with a good camera view.
From what looks like a 20 MPH roll all the way up to around 170 MPH at the 1/2 mile mark the McLaren has around a 3 car lead.
We were invited by The Collection in Coral Gables in conjunction of McLaren to an exclusive driving event at Palm Beach International Raceway to experience the amazing capabilities of the McLaren MP4-12C on and off the racetrack. With around 10 McLaren MP4-12Cs on hand we went from experiencing the F1 inspired supercar’s amazing launch control down the dragstrip to warming up on the autocross course to some all out track time on the 11-turn, 2 mile FIA Grade II certified road course. At the end of the day we jumped in the MP4-12C with a professional driver to see what the car can really do in capable hands hitting over 160 MPH down the back straight.
Special thanks to The Collection and McLaren for putting on a great event and demonstrating just how incredible the McLaren MP4-12C is on and off the track. Take a look at some of the videos and pictures from the day below.
Some interesting details on the McLaren’s hybrid drivetrain. The P1 has a few methods to charge it’s batteries, not only does it have electric motor regenerative braking similar to the Tesla Model S, it can also charge the batteries while driving normally using power from the gasoline engine. When driving around town, or at the track, if you’re not at 100% throttle, part of the engines power above what is required for the current driving situation is used to generate power and charge the batteries. Of course you can also plug the car into a regular 110 volt outlet to charge up the batteries when you’re not driving. McLaren actually recommends plugging in the car so it can trickle charge when parked or stored.
Their engineers state that the car can continually lap a race track and not run out of battery power. The car can also drive around 11-15 miles without using the gasoline engine at all. Special thanks to The Collection for having for the showing, take a look at the pictures and video of the P1 starting up and revving a bit below.
McLaren has put out some official performance numbers for their new McLaren P1 Hyper Car. With a 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo gas engine augmented with electric power for a total of 903 HP, this lightweight car (3,100 pounds) is sure to amaze in any category, including the 1/4 mile. Power to weight for the P1 is just 3.43 pounds! The performance stats directly from McLaren are:
Standing 1/4 mile: 9.8secs at 152mph
That’s quicker and faster than the last regular Veyron (1,001 HP) we saw at the track running 10.1 @ 139 MPH. We should also note that McLaren states 10.8 @ 130 MPH for the MP4-12C and we were able to run much quicker with a 10.3 and 10.5 @ 135 MPH in our tests (McLaren MP4-12C Tests).
We came across these pictures of a 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider Volcano Yellow with some very interesting black striping. Looks like a company car of some sort with some logos and bar codes on the back.
We did some more testing with the McLaren MP4-12C in an attempt to get the best 0-60 MPH time we could on the street with street tires. The McLaren’s launch control system along with it’s 7 speed SSG transmission does a great job putting down the 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo’s 616HP to the ground.
With just a slight hint of wheel spin from the stop, the McLaren rockets ahead hitting 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and 100 MPH in just 6 seconds flat as per the in car VBOX. Tires on the McLaren were street legal Toyo R888′s which are the same compound and tread wear rating as the Pirelli Corsa’s that are available on the McLaren from the factory.
This 0-60 MPH time matches the 2012 Nissan GT-R we tested with it’s advanced AWD systems and brutal 4,100 RPM launch control. Having tested both cars, the MP4-12C’s launch control feels much easier and less abusive than the GT-R. By looking at the VBOX graph below you can see why, the Nissan GT-R comes off the line super hard with a peak of 1.13 G, while the McLaren MP4-12C comes out softer at .98 G. About 2 seconds into the run you can see the tides turn with the McLaren’s G forces staying higher while the Nissan’s drop.
The lines intersect at 60MPH and from there on the McLaren continues on hitting 100 MPH a full second before the Nissan. It should be noted that this graph does not account for the normal 1 foot roll out, which is why the 0-60 times in the graph are at 3 seconds instead of 2.8 seconds. There is a new player in off the line acceleration even without AWD, Aventadors, 911 Turbos and GT-Rs beware. Check out the graph and videos below!