The massively promising Mp4-12C made its public world debut at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Current and former Formuls1 champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton drove an orange coloured Validation Prototype (VP) 12C up the famous Goodwood Hill on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The new car got the pole position at the much celebrated event by being the first car to be driven up the Goodwood Hill, effectively, opening the show. The car was granted pole position in every Supercar Run over the course of the weekend, a fitting gesture to two Formula 1 World Champions that are accustomed to leading from the front!
There was another 12C VP car finished in Volcano Orange and fitted with stunning Lightweight Forged alloy wheels to attract the 176,000 visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed. There also was a 12C rolling chassis on display at the McLaren stand. The chassis exhibited car’s hydraulic suspension arrangement, its carbon Monocell chassis, compact 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine and unique transmission unit, visitors with an appreciation for innovation and technology had a rare glimpse of what lies under the skin of the 12C.
McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff said: “The visitors to our stand were the perfect blend of car enthusiasts and potential customers; I’m delighted that we chose Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil the 12C to the public. Two British Formula 1 World Champions were behind the wheel of the car as we led the field up the hill. A major landmark, delivered to McLaren’s high standards.
“Visitors to the McLaren stand either displayed an in-depth understanding of the bespoke technologies developed for the 12C, or spent time discussing our plans. It was a great opportunity for tens of thousands of car fans to see the car in the metal…and carbon.
“This is just the start for McLaren Automotive. In five year’s time, I expect us to be presenting a full range of innovative and performance-focused sports cars. Sports car enthusiasts all over the world will be able to enjoy McLaren cars up close and personal at events like Goodwood Festival of Speed.”
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