Formula One stars drive McLaren MP4-12C

* Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton * will drive car at Goodwood festival * Public debut of 600bhp supercar...

Formula One stars drive McLaren MP4-12C

Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will give the McLaren MP4-12C supercar its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.

The festival takes place from Thursday, July 1 to Sunday, July 4, with Button driving the MP4-12C on Saturday and Hamilton taking the wheel on Sunday.

Visitors will be able to get a closer look at the MP4-12C on the McLaren stand, where they'll be able to inspect the Formula One-inspired supercar with its unique MonoCell. A team of McLaren specialists will also be on hand to answer any questions.

Formula One technology
Fans of the 600bhp 3.8-litre V6 car will also be able to get a close-up view of the MP4-12C's bespoke technology, such as proactive chassis control, the car's brake-steer system and unique airbrake feature that has been developed using F1 simulator technology.

Also on display will be an MP4-12C 'rolling chassis', which will afford visitors a unique under-the-skin view of the car to show how components are positioned around the MonoCell.

The new McLaren MP4-12C goes on sale in spring 2011 and will cost from around 166,666.