At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton stormed the hill with the new MP4-12C supercar for the car's first public appearance. The car left a significant impression on showgoers. McLaren has received 2700 firm expressions of interest in the car, accounting for more than the first two years of production.
For at least the first year of production, McLaren plans to produce around 1000 MP4-12Cs. The plan is to eventually build 4000 cars annually at the company's planned McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England, and that figure includes variants of the MP4-12C coupe as well as other possible models. If all 2700 interested prospects materialize into real buyers, McLaren will have sold out at least the first two years worth of MP4s.
That two-year figure could give McLaren a waiting list similar to that of rival Ferrari from the start. McLaren already has at least one MP4 variant, a convertible, waiting in the wings, along with plans to produce an entry-level car below the MP4. The company also has a hotly anticipated successor to its F1 in the plans.
The MP4 is entering final stages of development before it hits the recently announced dealership network. The car has already completed more than 1 million test miles to ensure it delivers on McLaren's promises of being the fastest car for the price (around $225,000) and having the highest build quality of any automaker.
McLaren has Ferrari's new 458 Italia squarely in its sights with the MP4 and has bestowed it with more power and torque than its Italian rival. The MP4's twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-8 produces 592 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, 30 horsepower and 41 pound-feet more than the 458. McLaren's latest foray into the supercar market will hit the market later this summer, and you'd better have contacted McLaren already if you want one anytime soon.