New photos of the McLaren 12C MP4 by English photographer Thomas Moeller, at the McLaren Product Woking Centre, for the launch of the new McLaren cars website. Images © Thomas Moeller
The McLaren 12C was the first in a new range of high performance sports cars from McLaren Automotive. Designed and built like no other sports car, the 12C benefits from McLaren’s Formula 1 world championship-winning heritage, and has been developed by a world-class team of designers and engineers with hands-on Grand Prix experience.
Formula 1 technology includes the one-piece carbon fibre MonoCell chassis – for greater strength and lower weight – plus Brake Steer and an ‘active’ aerodynamics McLaren Airbrake (although these last two technologies have now been banned from Formula 1 as they offered performance advantages). The 12C uses technologies born on the track and offered for the first time on a road car. The technologies and processes used in the development of the 12C are also borrowed from Formula 1 racing, not from normal car making.