McLaren held a special Goodwood celebration for its first modern supercar.
McLaren has come a remarkably long way over the last decade. Ten years ago, the British brand launched its first road-going production car since the F1: the MP4-12C. Since then, its model lineup has expanded considerably and the brand has evolved into a legitimate Ferrari rival. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the MP4-12C, McLaren gathered a selection of supercars and hypercars from the last ten years for a special parade at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in the UK to open the 78th Goodwood Members' Meeting last weekend. It's a great illustration of how much progress McLaren has made in the last ten years.
"There is much for McLaren Automotive to celebrate as we open our second decade," said Mike Flewitt, McLaren CEO. "We continue to build on the McLaren history, while pioneering new technologies and fully embracing electrification - and what better way to celebrate than with our cars on a famous race circuit and McLaren owners joining us to enjoy the experience.
"McLaren founder Bruce McLaren famously spoke of life being measured in achievement not years alone, and while our 10-year anniversary is a milestone in its own right, it's the astonishing cars we have created since 2011 of which we are most proud."
Leading the parade was the first production 12C. Launched in 2011, the 12C ushered in a new era of roadgoing McLaren performance cars. At the time, the 12C was the first car to use McLaren's revolutionary one-piece carbon fiber MonoCell tub that reduced the weight of the structure and allowed the use of lighter body panels. It also utilized Formula 1 technology, including a Brake Steer system that helped reduce understeer and increase traction.
Powering the 12C was a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that eventually produced around 616 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Joining the 12C's celebration parade was a McLaren P1 (McLaren's first hybrid hypercar), the track-focused McLaren Senna, a GT, a 675LT Spider, 720S Spider, and the Elva speedster. Completing the parade was the newest member of the McLaren family: the Artura, McLaren's first series production hybrid with an electrified V6 producing 671 hp and 593 lb-ft.
Goodwood has also announced that the Festival of Speed will return next year from June 23-26, slightly earlier than last year's July show. No theme has been announced yet, but this year's Festival of Speed celebrated "The Maestros - Motorsport's Great All-Rounders" honoring legendary drivers like Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti.