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Word on the web is that McLaren binned a new MP4-12C at the Nürburgring recently. According to Pistonheads, one of the early prototypes of the vehicle got up close and personal with some barriers at the legendary circuit, though the damage apparently wasn't severe enough to put the model out of commission for good. The driver, who remains anonymous, wasn't injured in the kerfuffle. McLaren hasn't come out and said whether the incident was a result of driver error, mechanical failure or some other factor.

Officially, he MP4-12C was only out for durability testing, but since the accident occurred at the very end of a scheduled test session, some minds have begun to wonder whether or not McLaren was attempting to set a 'Ring record time with their new lightweight. According to Pistonheads, the company says that while it may pursue such an adventure at some point down the line, that's not what was going on when the vehicle left the tarmac. Of course, that would seem to contradict reports from the scene where witnesses were said they saw the MP4-12C traveling flat-out just before the impact.


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      Dale Lomas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey guys, credit where credit's due maybe? And to add to your story, McLaren arranged to have the track EXCLUSIVELY and had video camera teams on the ground and in the air before sending the car out at full speed. If that isn't a lap record attempt, I don't know what is!
        Damien Lo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dale Lomas
        I also find it quite novel that the ZR1 didn't crash, the Viper didn't crash, GT2 RS, GT-R... and other cars don't crash when they have the whole ring to themselves...
      AGT
      • 3 Years Ago
      the pistonheads article is just a rehash of a bridgetogantry.com article. credit them. not pistonheads.
      ESLKid75
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well of course he was driving flat out. What would be the point of NOT going flat out on the race track? Doh!
        chris mahoney
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ESLKid75
        There's a difference between flat out and taking the car to the absolute limit to get a record run.
      Damien Lo
      • 3 Years Ago
      hahaha, anyone that's driven it in Gran Turismo 5 can tell you it's no match for the 458 Italia........ and it drives like a dog, I never expected it would beat a 458.
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Damien Lo
        It drives like a dog in Forza 3 too, but I guess that is the result of simulating a car that wasn't even in production at the time as the first drives tell a different story, the car is magnificent and handles as good or better than the 458, and with 30hp more, 190lbs less in its lightest configuration and P Zero Corsas as option, it would blow away the 458.
          Damien Lo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike B
          I'm just not convinced, being lighter and having more power doesn't automatically make a vehicle faster. The chassis and suspension set up ultimately determines how good the car is at the end of the day.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Damien Lo
        I also can hit a barrier at 150 and get minimal damage. Do you think that would be true in real life?
        Damien Lo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Damien Lo
        Sorry forgot my main point "Best Handling Car in the world"... sure :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Damien Lo
        [blocked]
        BDawg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Damien Lo
        Coz everyone knows that GT5 is exactly the same as real life...
        Autoblog
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Damien Lo
        I hate to be the one telling you this.. but, you know nothing about cars.
          damienlo@hotmail.com
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblog
          That's a big assumption to make :) As much as the numbers will 'say' an MP4-12C can beat a 458 Italia, I still doubt it's design actually being effective on a track. Everything I've seen so far, reviews by journalists has been in closed situations controlled by McLaren.
          Eagle357
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblog
          Sorry being no fan of Ferrari myself, I just don't think that given the chassis setup and design of the car... when you're driving it, that it will inspire confidence. That the car will feel planted, that you can easily apply the throttle mid-corner without snap over-steer. Certainly the numbers published are superior to the 458 Italia but... numbers are just numbers, having bigger numbers doesn't automatically make a car better.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone and their 'Ring record time...... seems that Nissan started some sort of trend.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        You DO realize manufacturers have been utilizing (and recording / releasing) Nürburgring lap times long before Nissan did so with the GT-R in 2008... right?
          V
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          NOOO!, don't be silly
        meekli8
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        U do know that HONDA and their ENGINEERING GENIUSES has been testing the NURBURGRING back in 2005 with the NSX-R right? ; p
      C36
      • 3 Years Ago
      B.S. how can he be going flat out if i was passing him :)
      Drive571
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad the driver was unhurt.
      K.C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "..some minds have begun to wonder whether or not McLaren was attempting to set a 'Ring record time with their new lightweight." Yah think ?
        Hatzenbach
        • 3 Years Ago
        @K.C.
        to be honest: i don't think so. why? it's the same reason why you'll never see a Ferrai, Porsche or BMW factory onboard lap claiming a new record cos there's no official authority who measures their times. everyone could come to the ring with slick tires or caged cars (like some manufacturers did in the recent past)
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