The MP4-12C is the first production car completely built by McLAREN since the F1 supercar, which was fastest road car in the world back in the 90's, and to date remains the fastest naturally aspirated road car in the world. The MP4-12C was launched in 2011 and priced just under that of the FERRARI 458 Italia - the car for which the McLAREN was designed to compete with. The MP4-12C is built on a carbon fibre composite chassis, and features a mid-rear M838T 3.8-litre V8 engine and Ricardo twin-turbochargers, resulting in the MP4-12C developing around 592 bhp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Some of McLAREN's Formula 1 technology can be found in the car, for example 'brake steer' (a system that brakes the inside rear wheel under heavy or fast conrering in order to reduce under-steer) and the 7-speed Seamless Shift dual-clutch gearbox.
Finished at last. I'm quite pleased with the result, not too fond of the front myself, but it's up to you to decide whether or not you like it.
As always, some wide, general shots
Front 3/4 view
Rear 3/4 view
And underside (don't worry, I'm getting to the airbrake)
A few details I think
Firstly the headlights, and you can see the indicator poking out a bit as well :P
Next, the slashes for the radiator, directing air 90 degrees to reach the radiators inside
A little locking system that I developed for the doors; this is what it clips into, and it wont be pulled out with the door because the pin's 'stop' is in between the two thin L plates
And locked, there's a sort of arm rest attached to the doors which swings down and rather nicely sits in the interior
Interior view, taken at just the right angle to see that the brake pedal is up, to keep you interested ;). In the real MP4-12C the steering wheel is slightly larger than the wheel used in McLAREN MERCEDES F1 cars (to account for the thickness of the drivers gloves), and the centre console is designed to be super thin to make the seats as close to the centre of the car as possible, both little touches which make the driving experience more like driving a proper F1 car.
And looking out of the back window
Engine cover opened
The 3.8L Bi-Turbo V8. Mmm...
Now for the good bit.
However, pedal down...
= air brake on!!
The steering rack, nothing special
Rear axle. A right bugger to fit. This is the thinnest possible way to integrate drive suspension and a differential into a car, an older diff and standard wishbones would together make the car 4 studs wider, but because I powered through, the McLaren maintains all proportions in perfect 1/9 scale.
However because I wanted these rims the wheels are attached by the three black pins and not the axle, so the rear axle is a bit unstable.
This pic showing how annoying the hinge joint for the butterfly doors was, if you can see it that is
Thanks! What's really weird is I grew up playing with technic only (in the 80s and 90s) but have recently caught the bug for 'creator' models. I have posted one technic moc using the modern technic beams - a bugatti veyron but this was an experiment with a very limited supply of the new beams etc (from the latest superbike and race truck) plus a few extras from eBay. Since then I have got all my old stuff from the loft - happy days. I have a few ideas for more technic mocs - but time is money ;).
Ben this is truly amazing and well worth waiting for. The technicality is stunning - so much to mention, the doors the brakes really stand out. The looks are great too. I love the engine and head lights. I am very envious of your technic skills.
Very Nice Work Ben! I'm not the biggest fan of the new Mclaren (I think it's a bit too plain).but that takes nothing away from how good this is. Loads of good details. The butterfly doors and airbrake are well done and I like the interior. Thanks for your comment on my Truck glad you like it, unfortunately it will have to be dismantled as I want to use the pieces for another project.