Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs One Car

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s
One Car
1.7 s

Top speed

MP4-12C
205 mph
One Car
225 mph

Top Gear track time

MP4-12C
1:16.20
One Car
0:59.0

Nurburgring time

MP4-12C
7:28.0
One Car
5:58.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

Reasons to consider the
McLaren MP4-12C

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More torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM vs 295 ft-lb Around 50% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 3,799 cc vs 2,400 cc Around 60% bigger engine
Back view of Formula One Car

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Formula One Car

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Much great lap time on the Top Gear track 0:59.0 vs 1:16.20 Around 25% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Much higher redline 18,000 RPM vs 8,500 RPM More than 2x more revs
Faster to 60mph 1.7 s vs 3.1 s More than 45% faster to 60mph
Way more more powerful engine 900 HP vs 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM More than 50% stronger engine
Faster top speed 225 mph vs 205 mph 20 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Significantly lighter curb weight 1,415 lb vs 3,161 lb 2.2x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Faster to 200kph 3.8 s vs 8.7 s 2.3x faster to 200kph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MP4-12C  vs
One Car 
Brand McLaren Formula
Type of car Production car Race car
Year 2011 2013

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 1.57 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 900 HP
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 295 ft-lb
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 18,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,799 cc 2,400 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 4 in / Unknown
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 1,415 lb
Width 75.2 in 1,800 in
Height 47.2 in 950 in
Length 177.4 in 4,800 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 118 in

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
One Car 
Top speed 205 mph 225 mph
0-60mph 3.1 s 1.7 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 3.8 s
Top gear time 1:16.20 0:59.0
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 5:58.0
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.7

transmission

Shift system Automatic Semi-automatic

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Independent Double Wishbone, Anti-roll Bar w/coil springs, Unknown
Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Front tires Pirelli P Zero Pirelli P Zero
Front wheels 235/35 19 Unknown/? 13
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Forged Aluminum
Rear tires Pirelli P Zero Pirelli P Zero
Rear wheels 305/30 20 Unknown/? Unknown
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Forged Aluminum
McLaren MP4-12C
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