The 12C is the first McLaren designed and built production car since the legendary F1. A pure McLaren, its innovative design and Formula 1™ inspired technologies make it one of the most versatile and potent supercars on the road.
CARBON FIBRE MONOCELL
We pioneered the use of carbon fibre in Formula 1™ and in production road cars. Our knowledge and experience of carbon fibre is unrivalled and our success with it is unmatched. For over 30 years, every car we have made has had carbon fibre at its core.
It took 4,000 hours to make each carbon fibre chassis on the McLaren F1. Twenty years of innovation later, it takes just 4 hours to produce the MonoCell at the heart of the 12C.
Weighing just 75kgs, the MonoCell is lighter, stronger, stiffer and safer than comparable steel or aluminium designs.
The design of the MonoCell ensures the 12C performs handles like a race-bred supercar. Carbon fibre does not degrade like metal, so the integrity and racing performance of the MonoCell will be maintained for decades to come.
The 12C and the 12C Spider are built on identical carbon MonoCells. So they provide the same torsional rigidity, structural integrity and performance characteristics.
The integral strength of the carbon fibre MonoCell provides a safety structure that offers exceptional levels of protection for the driver and passenger.
It took hundreds of hours of advanced computational fluid dynamics, weeks of wind tunnel testing and an obsession with perfection to create the contours of the 12C. Technically beautiful and performance focused, the 12C is an aerodynamic work of art.
First developed for our Formula 1™ championship winning MP4-13, Brake Steer was swiftly banned in the sport because of the advantage it gave our cars. The innovative Brake Steer technology manages traction, minimises mid-corner understeer and controls oversteer when cornering at speed. This ground-breaking technology is now applied to our road cars.
Factoring speed and steering angle, this system works out the perfect cornering trajectory. It then applies the exact amount of braking force required to the rear inside wheel as you corner – allowing the car to effectively pivot around the desired path.