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McLaren MP4-12C vs the world: the ultimate supercar group test


In the new July 2011 issue of CAR Magazine (out on Wednesday 22 June) we've pitched the McLaren MP4-12C against its most important rivals, the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Audi R8 V10, Lamborghini's Gallardo Performante, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and the Macca's long-lost cousin, the Mercedes SLS AMG. We've flown in European editor Georg Kacher and made Gavin Green empty his diary, two legends who've driven every landmark supercar over the past 30-odd years. Together with the rest of the CAR road test team they put these six sublime supercars through their paces over two memorable days in Wales. 

The CAR team also descended upon Rockingham race circuit so Le Mans driver Ben Collins could lap each one against the clock. At the end of three days testing we picked our winner, the very best supercar on sale today. Read the full story in the new July 2011 issue of CAR, but over the coming days we'll publish videos of all the timed laps, along with blogs, outtakes and galleries from 2011's most important supercar test.

Check out the timed laps in the hands of ex-Stig Ben Collins at Rockingham in our onboard videos below. We'll add a new supercar each day in the run-up to 22 June, when the new issue of CAR goes on sale.

McLaren MP4-12C laptime: 1min 30sec

Ferrari 458 Italia laptime: 1min 28sec

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS laptime: 1min 28.77sec

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante laptime: 1min 29.92sec

The Audi R8 V10 laptime: 1min 31.06sec

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG laptime: 1min 33.01sec

Come back to CAR Online tomorrow to see how fast the Ferrari 458 Italia is around Rockingham in the hands of ex-Stig Ben Collins!

 With thanks to Racelogic/Video VBox 

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ted4wheels says

RE: McLaren MP4-12C vs the world: the ultimate supercar group test

6 cars - 6 different performances. One is best in slow corners, another on streights, differently balanced and tuned these cars are masterpieces of modern car industry. The difference between them is so slight and narrow that I doubt to name the best one. Seconds are not that important. What matters is how you feel driving a car, do you enjoy it or just afraid of its bhp..

20 June 2012 14:01



levimorris says

RE: McLaren MP4-12C vs the world: the ultimate supercar group test

The rivalry between Ferrari and porshce continues as seen in videos. well, they're both getting advanced and sporty as time passes but when it comes to performance i have no doubt, ferrari stands out rather than porsche. On the other hand, it's nice to see Mclaren enters the race track once again after a few months of cool down. Now, he has the most stunning ride ever.Regardless of the racing arena, ferrari and porsche auto parts are facing doom in gloom in the market today because they have only less demand. however, for the next few years, it is expected both auto makers will recover from the doom they are facing in the industry.

13 September 2011 06:05



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wittgenfrog says

RE: McLaren MP4-12C vs the world: the ultimate supercar group test

@Chelme - I think you'll find that the basic definition of 'trolling' is something like this taken from Wikipedia (it seemed appropriate )

"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. "


Considering that the particular post to which you are objecting forms part of a fairly extensive series of posts all on the topics of the MP4-12C tests and\or the way that they were conducted by Car, I fail to see how it fits into the category of 'trolling'.

A more careful reading of my post will reveal that I'm not questioning anybody's integrity, nor even the 'validity' of the outcomes of the tests.  My point is more subtle than tha.


I think I have every right to be aggrieved by Mr McNamara's implication that because I do not have the opportunity regularly to drive the MP4-12C or its competitors; I am disqualified from offering my opinion of his conclusions about them. 

And yes, Chelme, I can indeed cease reading the tests, a point I hinted at in my post.....


10 July 2011 10:46



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CHelme says

RE: McLaren MP4-12C vs the world: the ultimate supercar group test


Thanks for the measured response.


Really, if you are so concerned about the veracity of test outcomes as published by all mags, then don't bother reading them...and perhaps you may wish to think about refraining from posting challenges that border on trolling.


09 July 2011 21:47



henryfrenchuk says

RE: McLaren MP4-12C vs the world: the ultimate supercar group test

@PhilMcNamara Cheers for the response I just needed reassuring I'll now shut up and go away. Keep up the good work

02 July 2011 15:07

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