Our first road car since the iconic F1, the exquisite 12C is engineered to perfection. Everything you see. Everything you touch. Every line, surface and detail of the 12C’s design enhances the car’s performance and the thrill of the drive.
DESIGN DIRECTOR FRANK STEPHENSON DISCUSSES HIS INSPIRATIONS AND THE EMERGING DESIGN LANGUAGE OF McLAREN CARS.
Nature is the world’s most effective designer. Millions of years of evolution have created some of the most sophisticated and efficient design solutions. McLaren designers have a natural curiosity and an obsession with efficient design, which is why our inspiration often comes from the natural world and the animal kingdom. We also take design cues from art, sculpture, aeronautics and everyday life.
We are surrounded by nature’s genius. Biomimicry lets us learn from nature, then use it to solve complicated engineering problems. By asking what would nature do, we find ingenious ways to make our cars more aerodynamic, boost downforce, increase performance and improve handling.
Animals that are built for speed are always lean, light and agile. Evolved for a single purpose, their bone and muscle pushes up through their skin. The cheetah is a perfect example of this optimised design. It looks fast even when it’s standing still.
Shrink-wrapping the bodywork over our car’s mechanical skeleton reduces volume and strips excess material. It also reduces the surface area and lets us remove weight from the car. The result is a supercar that’s lean, light, beautiful – and stunningly quick.
Mixed by hand. Painted by hand. Finished to perfection. Our 3-stage, Formula 1™ inspired paint technology ensures the colour, tint, lustre and finish of the 12C’s paintwork is flawless. It also keeps the paint weight to an absolute minimum.
Many of our Special and Elite paint finishes contain a higher level of metallic and pearlescent content. Using exclusive pigments and a greater holographic effect, these highly crafted finishes compliment the car’s aero-led design by accentuating every line, curve and contour of the body.
Reducing wheel weight is more effective than removing weight from any other part of the car, which is why we obsess over every detail of our wheels. Mass is stripped. Strength is increased. Performance is enhanced.
Our specialist Pirelli tyres come with wheels in five and ten spoke designs, and in a range of stunning finishes including Diamond Cut and Stealth.
Our distinctive running lights use the latest LED technology to defuse light through three grills, echoing the McLaren speed mark.
Embedded in a thin LED strip, the lights are spectacular when lit – stealthy when not. Specifically designed spherical bulbs in the Airbrake strip ensure the brake lights are highly visible – even when the Airbrake is deployed.