McLaren's Spider supercar in action

Last updated 10:55 13/07/2012

McLaren's new 12C Spider can now be seen in action for the first time, with the launch of a high quality short film at the company's popular official You Tube channel.

A week after we published photos of the open-top supercar, the newly-released McLaren footage, shot using cinema-quality RED camera technology, begins with a 12C Spider, finished in glorious Volcano Red, in high speed action on track, before it traverses the winding mountain roads of Andalucía, southern Spain. The sequence underlines the 12C Spider’s position as probably iconic Italian carmaker Ferrari's only true competitor.

Early in the film, the 12C Spider’s Retractable Hard Top is lowered with the car in motion - a unique feature among its competitors that operates in less than 17 seconds. McLaren Automotive Test Driver and British Touring Car Championship star Mat Jackson then shows viewers how it goes.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director says: ''We know 12C drivers love the Formula 1 technology DNA that runs throughout their cars. With the 12C Spider, owners will have an even greater opportunity to create their perfect driving experience. Top up or top down, the sports car with highest performance among the competition just became even more breathtaking. The exhilarating aspects of driving the 12C Spider are captured beautifully in this great new film.''

Prospective customers and sports car enthusiasts may now specify their desired 12C spider at McLaren Automotive’s interactive online configurator, which is located at: www.configure.mclaren.com. There, the 12C Spider may be personalised with myriad exterior and interior finishes, a range of wheel designs and attractive carbon fibre appliqué.

Orders for the new 12C Spider are now being taken by 38 McLaren retailers in 22 countries worldwide. Sorry, our nearest dealer for the car is in Sydney.

The Spider has a claimed 0-100kmh time of just 3.1 seconds and a claimed top speed of 329kmh.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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