Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs F1


3.1 s
McLaren F1
3.2 s

Top speed

205 mph
McLaren F1
242 mph


5.9 s
McLaren F1
6.3 s

1/4 mile

11 s
McLaren F1
11.1 s

Nurburgring time

McLaren F1

Braking distance at 60mph

100 ft
McLaren F1
127 ft

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

Reasons to consider the
McLaren MP4-12C

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Much faster stopping from 60mph 100 ft vs 127 ft More than 20% faster stopping from 60mph
Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 7,500 RPM Around 15% more revs
Side view of McLaren F1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren F1

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Faster top speed 242 mph vs 205 mph 37 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way more expensive sticker price $970k vs $229k Around 4.2x more expensive harder to own
Much bigger engine 6,064 cc vs 3,799 cc Around 60% bigger engine
Lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 3,161 lb More than 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 7:11.0 vs 7:28.0 Around 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring

Specifications Full list of technical specs


MP4-12C  vs
Brand McLaren McLaren
Price 229,000 970,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 1992-1998
City mileage 11 MPG 9 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 23 MPG


Body style Coupe Coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed


Transmission make McLaren SSG McLaren 6 Speed
Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Independent Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone, Unknown Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front tires Pirelli P Zero Michelin 235/45ZR17
Front wheels 235/35 19 432/? 229
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Magnesium
Rear tires Pirelli P Zero Michelin 315/45ZR17
Rear wheels 305/30 20 432/? 292
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Magnesium

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 2,513 lb
Width 75.2 in 75.6 in
Height 47.2 in 44.1 in
Length 177.4 in 168.8 in
Front track width 65.2 in 61.7 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 107.1 in

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Top speed 205 mph 242 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 11.1 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 3.2 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 6.3 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 9.4 s
Distance 100 ft 127 ft
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:11.0
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.32

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 4.01 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 7,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 feet 42.7 feet
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Engine make McLaren M838T BMW S70/2
Displacement 3,799 cc 6,064 cc
Cylinders V8 V12
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Compression ratio 8.7:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.4 in / 3.4 in
Block material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Cylinder head material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system McLaren dual VVT BMW Valvetronic
Valves per cylinder 4 4
McLaren MP4-12C
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