Not often in the past have super/hyper car manufacturers taken time out to ensure that their cars are not only fast, but economical to boot. If you read our heads up earlier this week regarding the new ‘McLaren Automotive’ performance car’s impending announcement, you may be excited to know that this offering certainly does live up to the hype in almost every aspect.
As Zath is first and foremost, a technology blog, I won’t linger too long discussing what makes it a great car. Other than to say that it certainly will break 200MPH whilst hardly breaking a sweat, it will reach 125MPH in under 10 seconds and it will get back to a standstill in half that time. Suffice to say, it’s really not bad. It also provides petrol heads with an infinite amount of eye candy. A curvaceous body and dazzling paintwork (on the orange display model) make it just as pleasing to look at, as it seems to be to drive.
Now, let’s get on to the technology built in because that’s what we’re really interested in. Many modern cars these days have lots of nice gadgets and gizmos that make their owners proud and excited. This is only the second car that I’ve heard of that will double up as a Wi-Fi hotspot (like the new Audi A8), but obviously this only comes with great expense and unfortunately I misplaced that spare £150k I’d been saving for a rainy day.
As well as the Wi-Fi option there is also bluetooth connectivity which I’m guessing is for the business types which adhere to the laws and don’t talk on the phone whilst driving. What other capabilities this connectivity brings is yet unknown to me, but I’m sure something will crop up in the handbook.
Inside the dashboard there is a 7 inch touchscreen used for controlling the ‘Meridian entertainment system’ and other phone options. From the images I have come across it seems a nice interface which is simplistic, yet attractive. In that sense it really is in keeping with the car itself, especially aesthetically.
So what other tech wizardry comes with this motor. Well before you even buy the thing you will be faced with a Microsoft Surface-esque touch table from which you can customise your design. Once you have futuristically perfected your rear-engined, 2 seater super car, it will be manufactured in style at the brand new McLaren factory in Woking. It will be filled with brand new bits and pieces, crafted from all sorts of space age materials including carbon fibre that you’d normally see Formula 1 cars made from – so you probably won’t find these in many run of the mill motor cars.
Also, you know how a lot, if not most modern cars have electric windows? Well in this, each door has not only controls for the windows, but they also have a built in LCD display which is used to give a temperature readout. Conveniently positioned next to a whole load of dials and buttons which control the in-car climate.
So to summarise what can only be described as a masterpiece of British design and engineering; I would have to say that although the Formula 1 background of the company is clear in this car, it is also quite obviously a road car. For the performance, exclusivity (only a 1000 being made in the first year) and high technology in the car pushing forward motoring into the future, the £150k price tag, although by no means cheap, but certainly could be worse. Aesthetically delightful, powerful, high tech and best of all and there’s no tacky nickname, just a plain and simple Formula 1 style name, the McLaren MP4-12C.