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McLaren MP4-12C (2011) caught testing by reader

Published: 03 December 2010 Updated: 26 January 2015

McLaren MP4-12C video

CAR reader Dan Bailey got more than he bargained for when driving along a snowy country road in Warwickshire.

He spied a McLaren MP4-12C driving along ungritted country roads and managed to snap a video of it as it was parked-up in a layby – with the test driver enjoying what appeared to be a nice cup of tea.

Dan Bailey’s scoop – in his own words

‘It was the middle of November, in -7C temperatures, in Warwickshire. I saw someone was driving a McLaren around ungritted country roads.

‘They then stopped for a spot of tea, allowing dad and I to film it.’

McLaren MP4-12C: the background

The two-seater MP4-12C doesn’t go on sale until the first half of 2011, when it’ll wade into what McLaren Automotive calls the ‘core sports car market’ spanning from £125,000-£175,000. 

Its 3.8-litre 90-degree V8 mounted amidships produces 592bhp and 442lb ft – enough for 200mph+ and 0-62mph in 3.2sec. It’ll cost £168,500 before first registration fee and road tax. Bang on Ferrari 458 Italia money, in other words.  

It’s another good spot by a CAR Online reader. Well done Dan!