Most of us will never know what it's like to order a supercar. Thankfully, we have collector extraordinaire Jay Leno to share the process. Leno is the proud owner of a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, and he recently discussed how he went about buying his new toy.

Leno says that normally, acquiring the latest exotic can be annoying. Sales associates want to tell you that the car is sold out while also pushing options you may or may not need. Not so with McLaren.

When Leno ordered his MP4-12C, he simply phoned the McLaren office and went through the options list. When doing so, he found a refreshing level of honesty in the person helping him buy the car. Leno said he wanted the carbon ceramic brakes, and the sales associate asked whether Jay would be tracking the car or not. Leno said no, and the salesperson told him he wouldn't need the ceramics, then, as the standard steel brakes were cheaper, lighter and very effective. The associate also informed Leno that the carbon fiber interior accents were merely decorative and offered no weight savings, helping Jay save even more on the bottom line.

All told, it seems Jay Leno is just as smitten with the car as he with McLaren's operation as a whole. The MP4-12C will occupy a space in Leno's giant garage, positioned, we assume, right next to the McLaren F1 he already owns. Before purchasing the MP4-12C, however, Leno took a trip to Woking to see how the car is made. He got some track time, too, which you can watch in the clip posted after the jump.



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      teknikscian
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol @ the Charlie Sheen jab
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, maybe you like the 458 better than the McLaren. But I love to see it switched up a bit. No one can deny this is a great high-performance car. Looks like great fun to drive and you can't knock someone for wanting one. And don't hate Leno for doing what all of us would do if we had his cash. I don't watch his show, but I do like to see him drive these exotics occasionally because he ISN'T a racing driver. The way he reacts to them is probably a lot closer to the way an average customer would. "Holy ****, I can DO that?!"
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care is the engine sound, or the looks aren't as radical as the 458's, I want one. Mclaren did the F1 right, and this is another meticulously well designed car. I also want one because it's a frickin' Mclaren. Does one need any other reason. Yes, Jay Leno doesn't need another car, but he earned the money to fuel his passion. If we (gearheads) had the money, what would stop us from buying the cars we wanted?
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      " Leno said he wanted the carbon ceramic brakes, and the sales associate asked whether Jay would be tracking the car or not. Leno said no, and the salesperson told him he wouldn't need the ceramics, then, as the standard steel brakes were cheaper, lighter and very effective." Wait, I thought the whole point of carbon ceramic brakes were to be lighter?
        rastaD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David
        I think its all about heat dissipation... avoiding the dreaded break fade. Maybe its better these days but I recall the ceramic brakes actually didn't function very well at low temps.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David
        I also wonder how they claim they are lighter... I guess it's kinda like what Johnny-wat is saying- maybe the only carbon ceramic option McLaren gives you is some insane rotor that is twice the size of the steel disc...
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome car, no doubt about it at all. Having said that, if I were in the tax bracket that could afford such a thing, I'm pretty sure I would go for the 458 Italia. if I were in the tax bracket just above that I would get both however..;)
      Sebastian Lahmeyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol look at lenos face at 5:30
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nobody cares what an unfunny guy with way too much money wnet through getting another car he doesn't need.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I do, why are you here?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
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      sick of stupidity
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can this tool truly afford one of every car in the universe? It's shameful that he gets that much money from NBC for being a hack than nobody under 50 watches unless they have the IQ of a ping pong ball. He is hands down the worst interviewer in the history of late night TV and his opening monologue is written by simpletons...it just frustrates the help out of me he has this kind of money for being such a hack. Automotive jealousy is bad mojo!
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sick of stupidity
        I'm 31 and I watch him most of the nights. He is actually very funny and his interviews are the least of his worries. He's a stand up comedian and very good at it. I like how he makes fun of everyone on showbiz and politics!!
        LynxFX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sick of stupidity
        Actually according to him all his car money comes from his regular stand-up gigs, not the Tonight Show.
      LJSearles
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can we stop publicizing this pompous unfunny ass already? Really, who gives a crap.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LJSearles
        [blocked]
      RGiddyUp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares!!!!!
      dvrt10
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jay needs to take ONE weekend on his life and instead of buying the newest supercar, go out and buy some new clothes.
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some british car show said it sucked compared to the 458 Italia.
        Mundotaku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        Actually it said that it was mathematically better, but that the Ferrari has more passion.
          PeterScott
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mundotaku
          That was Clarkson who is more about stirring up crap than making any real contribution.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        yes, I watched that 5th Gear show comparing the two and after the track test, Tiff Needle and the othe driver agreed that the 458 was hands down the better car.
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