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McLaren MP4-12C tackles the N

Mon, 24 Oct 2011

Not to be left in the Nordschleife hot-lap dust, McLaren took to the German track as part of its testing of the all-wheel-drive MP4-12C, and of course, there's video.

First we see the engineers making final adjustments before a quick montage of the MP4-12C testing across the world. After a few words from McLaren brass and test driver Rudi Adams, they hit the track.

This wasn't an official run, though a time is displayed at the end, and we don't get all seven minutes and change. What we do get is the sweet sound of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 that delivers 592 hp at 7,000 rpm.

The McLaren's lap time slots in behind those of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Gumpert Apollo Sport, and just in front of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Carrera GT.

The MP4-12C weighs 3,161 pounds, and it's built mostly with carbon fiber and aluminum. The run was made on the optional Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires, which the company says shaves precious ticks off the 0-to-60-mph and 0-to-124-mph runs.

The McLaren MP4-12C carries a sticker price of $231,400.

By Jake Lingeman