McLaren MP4-12C debuts in Singapore [Release]

McLaren Automotive’s debut high-performance sports car, the MP4-12C, is today revealed in Singapore for the first time. The highly anticipated model from the British manufacturer was unveiled today at a special event for prospective customers and media at the red dot design museum.

The innovative 12C is unique in core segment of the sports car market. This two-seat, mid-engine model features a revolutionary one-piece, carbon-fibre chassis structure, the carbon MonoCell. It is the first time a car has featured a one-piece, carbon-fibre structure; a strong and lightweight engineering solution that comes straight from the world of motorsport where McLaren introduced this technology to Formula 1 in 1981.

The 12C has been developed to set new standards not just in handling, ride and performance, but also safety, economy and practicality in an already competitive sector. The 12C is equipped with a bespoke McLaren 3.8-litre, V8 twin-turbo engine producing 592 bhp, and driven through a unique McLaren seven-speed, Seamless Shift, dual-clutch gearbox (SSG). Yet when it comes to CO2 emissions per horsepower, the MP4-12C is even more efficient than a hybrid car.

At the unveiling of the company’s debut model, Frank Stephenson, McLaren Automotive’s design director said: “The 12C makes no secret of its close relationship with Formula 1 technology. At McLaren we have been building race and road cars for decades. With the 12C, we worked on incorporating the leading edge technologies that the McLaren Group has built up through the years. This project underlines our commitment to innovation, engineering, performance, safety and reliability. We have received amazing feedback from our prospective customers and I am sure the 12C will prove to be a great success.”

Ian Gorsuch, McLaren Automotive’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, said: “We are thrilled to present the MP4-12C to the Singapore market. There has already been great interest in the 12C across the region, and Singapore is no exception. We are all looking forward to the first cars being delivered here from as early as the end of this year.

“Wearnes Automotive has been chosen to represent McLaren Automotive in Singapore based on its extensive experience in the luxury car market, heritage in retailing performance automobiles and a solid reputation for excellence in customer service”, concluded Gorsuch.

Andre Roy, Group Managing Director of Wearnes Automotive, said, “The McLaren MP4-12C, developed with a commitment to innovative technology and with the company’s foundations in Formula 1 racing, is one of the most significant super sports cars to ever be launched here. Wearnes Automotive is pleased to be a part of this special moment in Singapore’s motoring history.

“Singapore is home to some of the region’s most discerning automobile enthusiasts, and we have received fervent response for the striking McLaren sports car since news of our appointment broke earlier this year. We have every confidence that the MP4-12C is going to be a huge success here.” (Possibly because of the 40+ orders they have for the MP4?-ed)

Wearnes Automotive is now part of a worldwide network of 35 McLaren retail outlets, and will start delivering the 12C from end 2011 onwards. Wearnes Automotive will also host a fully equipped official service centre with skilled technicians, specially trained at McLaren’s headquarters in Woking, UK.

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