ENGINEERING AWARDS FOR MP4-12C USHER IN NEW ROLES FOR McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
McLaren Automotive is celebrating a 1-2 with the announcement of the MP4-12C as Vehicle Dynamics International Car of the Year and the companyâ€™s engineers recognised as the Dynamics Team of the Year.
Vehicle Dynamics International magazineâ€™s respected awards jury featured professional engineers and senior motoring journalists from the USA, UK, and Europe. Juror, Matt Davis, said: â€œWhat technical director Dick Glover and his team at McLaren Automotive have pulled off on the MP4-12C is nothing short of inspirational. The dynamics in this case involve not just the innovative adoption of the McLaren Proactive Chassis Control with no anti-roll bars. It's the entire makeup of the car helping the Proactive system work its wonders.â€?
The awards were presented to Mark Vinnels, Programme Director at McLaren Automotive (Car of the Year) and Paul Burnham, Vehicle Dynamics Manager at McLaren Automotive (Dynamics Team of the Year). Vinnels said: â€œThis is an important award for us. It is our first car of the year title, and recognition of everything we have put into this car: an obsession with reducing weight, a commitment to using carbon fibre in a revolutionary way, and a thorough understanding of the best ways to integrate our Formula 1 expertise. Our target was for the 12C to be the best car dynamically in all environments. Thatâ€™s the real breakthrough for us, that
Burnham said: â€œAfter moving into Automotive from McLaren Racing it was immediately obvious that everything was different, yet everything stayed the same. The dynamic challenges for a road car and a racing car are clearly poles apart â€“ Jenson and Lewis never complain about ride quality! Yet, the integration of Formula 1 development technology, engineering know-how and a passion to win in the road car division was manifest. Whether in the simulator, on roads in every continent, or on the worldâ€™s most challenging test tracks, our engineers have pushed beyond the normal rules to deliver a high-performance, lightweight, comfortable and highly efficient sports car. This award is great reward for their endeavours.â€?
The two awards followed Vehicle Dynamics Internationalâ€™s sister magazine Testing Technology Internationalâ€™s presentation to McLaren Automotive in its 2010 awards. Dick Glover, as McLaren Automotiveâ€™s Technical Director, was presented with Person of the Year for his integration of Formula 1 technologies and processes into the 12Câ€™s development; specifically 24-7 testing programmes, the use of simulation in development, and materials research.
Having led the McLaren Automotive engineering team since moving from McLaren Racing in 2007, where he led the team that designed the simulator that is used for McLarenâ€™s Formula 1, GT3, and road car development, Glover now moves to a new role at McLaren Automotive as Director of Research. He will lead the development of new technologies, materials and production processes that will keep McLarenâ€™s road cars at the pinnacle of the sports car market and the cutting-edge of vehicle design.
Glover said: â€œI am very proud of the 12C. To integrate Formula 1 in a relevant and beneficial way to a road car is a huge challenge and, arguably, has never been done before to this level. I am looking forward now to our future road cars and directing the company towards innovative new design solutions for all aspects of the car from powertrain to materials to aerodynamics. It really is the dream job.â€?
Replacing Glover as McLaren Automotiveâ€™s Technical Director is Carlo Della Casa, who takes over after a successful 18 year career at Ferrari where he led various teams in vehicle development, V8 engine development, and chassis development. Della Casa takes responsibility for McLaren Automotiveâ€™s engineering programme on its future range of high-performance sports cars.
Della Casa said: â€œIt is a great privilege to be working with such a dedicated, passionate and skilful team. With Formula 1 under the same roof, McLaren F1s on display in our headquarters, and 12Cs in production below my office, it is impossible not to be inspired every day. I hope the results of that inspiration are seen in our future cars, whether in their speed, dynamics, efficiency, or sheer beauty. To be leading this engineering team at McLaren at this time brings great responsibility and I hope that we continue to challenge and inspire the industry.â€?
The McLaren MP4-12C
The McLaren MP4-12C started production in January 2011 on the existing production line at the McLaren Technology Centre. It goes on sale across Europe in June, before being launched in the Middle-East and South Africa, North America, and Asia-Pacific through the year. It is the worldâ€™s first road car featuring a one-piece moulded carbon fibre chassis and brings carbon technology to a new segment of the sports car market through a revolutionary McLaren-designed production process. It is the fastest, lightest, and most fuel efficient car in its segment, and, amongst its technological innovations, features an innovative electro-hydraulic constantly variable suspension system that negates the requirement for anti-roll bars: the result is luxury-saloon levels of ride comfort with on-track handling that challenges Formula 1 world champions.
The 12C is the first in a range of cars from McLaren Automotive that, from June 2011, will be built in a brand new 32,000m?²factory at the companyâ€™s UK headquarters, the McLaren Production Centre. Around 1,000 12Cs will be built in the carâ€™s first full year, with a range of around 4,000 McLaren high-performance sports car models and derivatives in production by the middle of the decade. All will feature a carbon chassis and Formula 1-inspired technologies.
McLaren MP4-12C Technical Specification
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engine, RWD
Engine configuration V8 twin turbo
Engine material Aluminium block and cylinder heads
Oiling Dry sump
Compression ratio 8.7:1
Valvetrain 32-valve, DOHC, dual VVT
Redline ( rpm) 8,500
Bore x Stroke (mm) 93 x 69.9
Engine displacement (cc) 3799
PS / rpm 600 / 7000
Torque Nm / rpm 600 / 3000-7000
PS per litre 158
Transmission 7 Speed SSG with Pre-Cog
Body structure Carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminum front and rear frames
Wheelbase (mm) 2670
Track, F/R (mm) 1656 / 1583
Length (mm) 4507
Width (mm) 1909
Height (mm) 1199
DIN weight (kg / lbs) 1434 / 3161
Dry weight (kg / lbs) 1336 / 2945
Dry weight with lightweight options (kg / lbs) 1301 / 2868
Weight distribution at DIN F / R % 42.5 / 57.5
Active aerodynamics McLaren Airbrake
Suspension ProActive Chassis Control
ProActive Chassis Control modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Powertrain modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Brakes Cast iron discs with forged aluminum hubs
(F 370mm / R 350 mm)
Wheel sizes (F / R) 19â€? x 8.5â€?J / 20â€? x 11â€? J
Tyres (F / R) Pirelli PZero 235/35 R19 / 305/30 R20
McLaren MP4-12C performance data
Engine Power 600 PS (441kW)
@ 7000 rpm 592 bhp
@ 7000 rpm
Torque 600 Nm
@ 3000-7000rpm 443 lb-ft
Weight DIN weight 1434 kg 3161 lbs
Dry weight 1336 kg 2945 lbs
(with lightweight options) 1301kg 2868 lbs
Efficiency CO2 279 g/km 279 g/km
Fuel consumption (combined) 11.7 l/100 km 24.2 mpg (UK)
Power to weight
(with lightweight options) 461 PS/tonne 455 bhp/tonne
CO2/power 0.47 g/km per PS 0.47 g/km per bhp
Speed Maximum speed 330 kph 205 mph
Acceleration 0-100 kph (62.5mph) 3.3 s
(3.1 s with Corsa tyre option) 3.3 s
(3.1 s with Corsa tyre option)
0-200 kph (125 mph) 9.1 s
(8.9 s with Corsa tyre option) 9.1 s
(8.9 s with Corsa tyre option)
0-400 m /?¼ mile
0-1000 m 10.9 s @ 216 kph
19.6 s @ 272 kph 10.9 @ 135 mph
Braking Braking 200-0 kph 123 m
100-0 kph 30.5 m
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