McLaren Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button world champions in 2008 and 2009 respectively today unveiled the new supercar that the company's automotive division will put into production towards the end of this year.
The MP4-12C a mid-engined, scissor-door two-seat rival for the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo will take advantage of the experience and techniques McLaren has acquired in 44 years of Grand Prix racing.
Limited production will begin in the same facility used to engineer and make the team's Formula One cars. Production will then shift to a new purpose-built factory on the McLaren site at Woking, Surrey, in 2011. The order book will open in two to three months.
McLaren says the car will set 'new standards of performance, efficiency, comfort, safety and innovation' and be sold through 'a global network of the world's best retailers offering an unsurpassed ownership experience'. A new company, McLaren Automotive, has been set up to engineer, make and sell the car.