MP4-12C was officially launched in Hong Kong last week. With 3.8L twin turbo engine and 7-speed dual-clutch, maximum 600 horsepower; its lightweight carbon fibre structure, mid-engine, twin-turbo and F1 design concept, MP4-12C puts together cutting edge technology of countless manufacturers. The carbon fibre MonoCell frame is most anticipated. Back in 1981, McLaren already pioneer using carbon fibre in the F1 world, launching the extremely successful ‘MP4/1’. In 1993, McLaren applied carbon fibre on McLaren F1 limited edition sports car, and then Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Now that all sports car manufacturers are using it as the default material, McLaren developed MonoCell for MP4-12C. The all-in-one improves on the traditional aluminium structure. Its lightweight, 75kg, is ultimate.
Text: BEBOP | Translation: dilettante
Edit: Carmen Lee
Photo: Kimio Ng
Update: 13 Apr 2011
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