It’s been nearly 14 years since McLaren produced a road car completely in house for the public. The first time ever a car made not only for Europe, but also for North America. There were projects that had some McLaren Automotive DNA, most recently the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The first Ford Mustang SVO was created in conjunction with McLaren. The last of the Buick GNX’s were modified by McLaren (the US company founded by Bruce McLaren to support his Can-Am racers). None of these cars were 100% McLaren, which is what makes the MP4-12C so special. And we got to drive it.
If you’ve followed my writing over the years, you would know that I’m the biggest McLaren fan on the continent. I follow every F1 race live before sunrise, cheer on Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, wear McLaren watches and shoes, dress in McLaren gear like a typical douchebag to the point where it’s borderline embarrassing. So the chance to drive the new McLaren… let’s just say it’s a notch on the bucket list. With that being said, my job is to be as unbiased as possible in this writeup. Good luck with that.