• Jul 8th 2010 at 12:28PM
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McLaren MP4-12C is run up the hill at Goodwood – Click above to watch video after the jump

We've been talking about and looking at the McLaren MP4-12C for so long that it's hard to believe the general population is only seeing it this week, but that's indeed the case.

Ron Dennis' newest creation has finally showed its face, engine and prowess to the admiring eyes at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Not only that, it was driven up the hill by McLaren F1's World Championship-leading drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. The runs weren't timed, so everyone stays friends on this one, but there's still plenty of on-road action after the jump.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wod's up Autoblog?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car looks like it can handle corners as if there were no corners.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW, just WOW!
      seeing it at speed is just awesome
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take one in black, thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While "wod" is good, "wood" is better
      • 5 Years Ago
      What, a video with Hamilton and no shots of his girlfriend?

      I was waiting for him to complain about the car while driving it, but I guess they cut that part out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did I spy the Stig at 2:30?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks a bit like a cardboard cut-out though
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good eye. He looked a bit ethereal, didn't he?

        Looking forward to the first shakedown reviews of the 12C.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, that is a fantastic sound.

      And i know people call the styling dull or derivative... but I think the car LOOKS fantastic, as well. sleek and purposeful, not ostentatious for the sake of being flamboyant. And I so love those doors.

      There is so little I would improve on that car. And I like to think of ways to change and improve almost anything. This car is so good, about all I can think to change is paint colors and wheel styles, and such. Maybe a transparent roof panel, or something.

      I quite like the thin wheels they put on the metallic copper display car. I saw those on the car configurator web-site, but they look very good in the brief pan across the display car.

      I know why they are show-casing this car in copper orange and McLaren racing orange, but I'll bet this car looks stunning in a nice sapphire blue with silver and dark carbon gray accents.

      I WANT one... even if it is just a 1:18 scale model. I'd love to see a 1:12 scale with lighting for the front LED markers, and the rear LED tail lights.

      It may not eclipse the F1's standing as the ultimate road-legal performance car, but it stands very well on it's own merits, and if I had the cash position for a car like this, McLaren would beat the Ferrari F458 and Gallardo in my eyes. If I were that kind of rich, I'd have one of these for a show-case car, track-day car, and special occasion driver, and an R8 or Porsche with AWD for a daily slogger, and winter driver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it is 1:8 model, big difference...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the looks of it, and I think the black wheels really set it off.
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