An early sensor door that is now precious.

*This is a translation done by a machine.

McLaren, along with Ferrari, is one of the world's best constructors and racing teams, driving the F1 world where technology, experience, wisdom, and passion are all at their best.

For those who have been in the racing world for a long time, becoming a completely purpose-built road-car manufacturer has been a dream since the days of founder Bruce Leslie McLaren.

A thorough McLaren road car. The first was the MP4 -12 C, which debuted in 2011. It was a 2 seater coupe of the midship layout and the rival was Ferrari 458 series. The debut was also the moment when the "traditional battle" in the F1 scene was reproduced on public roads.

The most notable feature of this midship car, which was later abbreviated to "12C" was its use of a monocoque body made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).

McLaren was the first team to use carbon fiber for F1 cars in 1981, and since then has never produced any metal chassis cars, not just F1 cars. As a matter of course, they decided to adopt a CFRP body to bring together power performance, environmental efficiency and safety at a high level. In 2011, it was an epoch-making decision in the super-car class, which cost more than 30 million yen.

Unlike the very small load cars such as McLaren F1 (Equipped with BMW V12 engine) and SLR McLaren (Equipped with AMG Mercedes powertrain) in the 1990s, the 12C is a "mass production" super car with 100% McLaren purity. Everything from the big parts like the engine and the body to every detail was specifically designed, sourced and produced for McLaren.

In particular, the powertrain mounted in the mid through an aluminum sub-frame bonded to the carbon body was a 7 speed dual clutch transmission of a 3.8 liter V8 twin turbo engine, all were newly developed at the request of McLaren, despite joint development with a renowned powertrain supplier.

The exterior design that dislikes vanity is also McLaren style. All the design details were based on a firm belief that there was meaning to "in order to run fast and efficiently". Even with the distinctive dihedral door, the objective is to maximize the characteristics of the CFRP monocoque body and position the driver as centrally as possible. It was never designed for supercar-like effects.

The 12C uses a truly rational design approach that minimizes waste throughout the vehicle, with the smallest body size and weight in its class. It is no exaggeration to say that it has promised first-class performance to the 12C and its successors.

Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!

At first glance, I was overwhelmed by the fairly flashy "gumball" coloring, but on closer inspection, it turned out to be a full aero version of the Mansory. The original owner spent 12 million yen to build this car into an aero look, and the 19 inch front and 20 inch rear TWS forged aluminum wheels are also custom made. By the way, the normal wheel is still there, but the exterior parts are in this condition only. The original color is white, and of course, you can remove the decal before delivery.

The mileage is more than 10,000 km, you can still use the Michelin Pilot's Sport.

The 2011 model was an early MP4 -12 C with a sensor door without knobs or buttons. There's a little trick to unlocking, but it's special now.

It's a British car with a right-hand drive and a popular carbon interior design. Maybe because it was hard to use the genuine navigation system, it is equipped with a fold-up navigation system made in Japan. Of course, there are ETC and radar. Other practical features include ROBERUTA's lift-up system, so you don't have to worry about minor bumps.

Another unique feature of this car is that the engine performance is computer tuned. It was normal at 600 ps, but probably close to 700 ps. It is a character unique to turbo cars.

This car participated in the Japan stage of the memorable "Gamball Rally London to Tokyo 2018". It would be fun to enjoy the gorgeous atmosphere as it is.

Vehicle Specifications

Model Year2011
Year of PurchaseOct 2012
Engine Capacity3,799cc
Steering WheelRight
Chassis No.001586
Engine No.
InspectionOctober 2020
AreaHyogo, Japan