EVERYTHING FOR A REASON

Inspired by nature and engineered to perfection, every line, surface and detail of the 12C Spider enhances the performance of the car - and the thrill of open-top driving.

NO COMPROMISE

CLASS LEADING RETRACTABLE HARD TOP

It takes just 17 seconds for the retractable hardtop roof to fold gracefully into the bodywork. It can also be operated at up to 30kph (19mph).

 

17 SECS RAISED AND LOWERED IN UNDER 17 SECONDS

19 MPH DEPLOYED AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 19MPH

2 PIECE 2 PIECE FULLY AUTOMATIC DESIGN

INSPIRED BY NATURE

INSPIRED BY NATURE

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DESIGN DIRECTOR FRANK STEPHENSON DISCUSSES HIS INSPIRATIONS AND THE EMERGING DESIGN LANGUAGE OF McLAREN CARS.

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INSPIRATION

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.

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BIOMIMICRY

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.

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SHRINK-WRAPPED

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.

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AN INCREDIBLE FINISH

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 Spider’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.

WHEELS

LIGHTER. STRONGER. FASTER.

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.

Pirelli_Logo.jpgOur specialist Pirelli tyres come with wheels in five and ten spoke designs, and in a range of stunning finishes including Diamond Cut and Stealth.

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LIGHTS

ILLUMINATING DESIGN

Our distinctive running lights use the latest LED technology to defuse light through three grills, echoing the McLaren speed mark.

ILLUMINATING DESIGN

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.

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