• Dec 21st 2009 at 7:24PM
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Jay Leno getting a ride in the McLaren MP4-12C prototype - Click above to view the video after the jump

A month ago, Jay Leno got a glimpse behind the scenes at McLaren, where the late-night talk show host and car nut got a tour of the facility and had a chance to sit in an early version of the company's newest roadcar in the studio. While Jay was on the other side of the pond he even stopped in at Top Gear to do a lap in the Lacetti. Well, apparently he ran a couple of laps in another car while he was at the Top Gear Test Track too. One camo-covered McLaren MP4-12C prototype.

After the jump you can view a video of Leno ride along in the new McLaren supercar, wax poetic about the 12C's power, its handling and its totally bespoke construction. Jay even wrote up an article for The Times recalling his experience. Read here and watch here.

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[Source: Times Online]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every time I see this thing's name all I can think of is Clarkson saying "Would you like to task a ride in my M P 4 dash twelve C?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn´t this the TG track ? Looks like it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was imagining the Stig in the driver's seat...
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      not all new supercars look the same. The LFA definately looks different, it stands out. It's Japanese and done well. When you compare this car to the LFA, you can see difference straight out. Also, there is a big difference between the LFA and other carbon fibered supercars. The LFA's carbon fiber isn't made from Magna. It's made by Toyota/Lexus. It's not from a supplier that does everything from Noble's to Porsche's to Ferrari's to Lamborghini's. This McLaren- it's carbon fiber isn't done in house either. Only car to do that- is the LFA. Research it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This subtle car really grew on me when I started actually looking.

      This car is the epitome of speaking or walking softly and carrying a big stick.

      What looks derivative at first, becomes refined when you really look.

      What most people ignore shows to be ingenious.

      What some might say is lacking in flash, becomes just right

      And that is just from pictures, and written accounts. I can only imagine what this is like in person, and will be in production trim.

      I really want to see this car in blue, with a transparent roof panel between the roof rails. Maybe an accent color on those side intake turning vanes to really turn some heads.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i think you see what you want to see, like everyone else does. but i think this car looks like a kit car or a generic video game/ tire commercial car. the F1 wasn't flashy, but it was elegant and you could tell the car is special just by looking at it. this car is just the entry level McLaren, i'm sure they are saving the good designs for the more faster models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SIARPC would be soooooo much fun to watch with that car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      its only $20 US to run the N-Ring
        • 5 Years Ago
        renting the Ring and closing it for private testing is a lot more than that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1.) that thing corners crazy flat.

      2.) when jay is talking to the test driver... looks like theres 2 or 3 camo mules behind them, and an F1... orange with black wing, the way it should be
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate Leno.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you got the wrong guy. It was David Letterman that slept with your wife.

        You can't possibly hate Jay Leno if you're viewing this site.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love you Jay but did I see a little bit of "jowl" shake?

        Ahhh...the puns...
        • 5 Years Ago
        i don't hate Leno. i hate autoblog...

        i'd way rather they could man up and call it like it is...

        saying that "Leno actually drives" the new car is a complete lie. he got a ride in it. IMO, you just lose a lot of trust with your "amateur" type of publicity tactics. Autoblog, why don't you just say "Leno gets a ride in the new McLaren MP4-12C around Top Gear track!".... i'd still watch the video...

        posting about something this small is kind of pointless but little things add up. it just seems Autoblog has gotten too big and too arrogant. i haven't missed a post on here for almost 3 years now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      they know about traction and engines, they make F1 cars
      : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate conan
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your just jealous 'cause his S.H.O. pwns what you drive ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate Wayne Brady.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think Leno was actually driving the car.
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