McLaren MP4-12C production commences
3rd February, 2011
- First McLaren MP4-12C (‘Chassis 01’) production car takes shape in McLaren Technology Centre
Following a successful public world debut at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed and a series of
exclusive presentations to prospective customers across the globe in 2010, the first McLaren MP4-12C
high-performance sports car has begun production at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, England.
McLaren Automotive plans to build up to 1,000 12Cs in 2011. Most will be manufactured in a bespoke new
£40m McLaren Production Centre, which is due for completion in May on a site adjacent to MTC. However,
‘Chassis 01’ is being built in the existing MTC production facility, where quality and efficient production
methods have been fine-tuned since the building opened in 2004.
The McLaren 12C was first presented to the public at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern
England in July 2010, prior to a North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. The
12Cs were then presented at exclusive events to prospective customers around the world as McLaren Automotive
toured several of the cities that will form a network of 35 retailer launch locations.
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: “Meeting our prospective customers at launch
events around the world, from Dubai to Cape Town, Paris to Los Angeles, has filled us with inspiration. There
is genuine desire for McLaren to be launching our own range of sports cars, and an exciting appreciation of
what McLaren stands for: innovation, technology leadership, and a winning mentality.”
“In five years, the MP4-12C has evolved from a concept we developed in our own Formula 1 simulator, to
a groundbreaking high-performance sports car offering unique technologies and outstanding dynamic performance.
It has been an intensive development programme, but now the fun really begins as our future owners look
forward to taking delivery of their 12Cs.”
“Feedback from our customers shows they understand McLaren Automotive is as committed to delivering a
high quality sports cars and a fantastic ownership experience as a our Formula 1 team is to winning races.
With ‘Chassis One’ now in production, our new network of 35 retailers in 19 countries worldwide is ready to
deliver on this promise.”