McLaren MP4-12C. Anthony Sherriff. Automotive Director

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Sensational, time less, elegant, poised, contemporary. All words I think I could and would happily use to describe the new McLaren MP4-12C.

McLaren has one of the most historically relevant and successful pasts in terms of Motorsport Heritage and has managed to create history before when it comes to the creation of legendary road cars. Gordan Murray’s epic Mclaren F1 will go down in history as a pioneering vehicle that has no equal! Even to this day it might have been pipped to a top speed record by the technical tour de force encapsulated in a Bugatti body; the Veyron, however the F1 still stands with its head held high. From a relevance and a technical stand point it eats the Veyron alive and it is this out look and mission that McLaren are clearly heading again with the MP4-12C. Lightweight, compact, rigid, timeless design and speed.

I love listening to people like Anthony Sherriff the Global Automotive Managing Director for McLaren Automotive discussing product with so much passion – I hope you enjoy this 3 minute video as much as I did.

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  1. I’m not sure I agree entirely with their approach. The focus on daily funcitonality is laudable but it seems that they’ve forgotten that supercars are as much a fashion statement as anything else for many potential buyers (not that I necessarily share the same opinion) – therefore I find the styling to be a little on the plain/weak/bland side for something carrying a McLaren nameplate (and McLaren pricetag).

    I also don’t think the car will age quite as well as they might think. The front and rear plastic grillework and detailing are almost derivative, in particular, looking very much like the car’s contemporary Ferrari F360/F430/F458,AudiR8 and Lamborghini Gallardo/Murcielago competition, and as such I expect that it will likely look somehwhat dated as those cars are revised and refreshed.

    Will be a heckuva heart pounding hoot to drive though, no doubt!