McLaren Automotive has opened a new facility in which it will build the MP4-12C supercar — and rumored future high-performance cars. The opening of the McLaren Production Center was attended by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, and will allow McLaren to accelerate production of the brand’s supercar.
The new facility will give McLaren much more capacity to build the new supercar. At full tilt, the MPC will be able to build a new MP4-12C in just five days, with a new car starting production every 45 minutes. The futuristic-looking new building is connected to the McLaren Technology Center by a 328-foot tunnel. In addition to that home-turf update, McLaren plans to open 35 new dealerships around the world.
While that’s interesting news in itself, we are more intrigued by details tucked into the recesses of McLaren’s press release. The company confirmed that it will be launching “game-changing high performance cars” that will propel annual vehicle production to 4500 units by 2014. For McLaren to reach production of 4500 cars per year, the company would need to drastically speed up its assembly process: only about 500 examples of the MP4-12C are expected to be produced each year.
Rumors suggest the next McLaren supercar (known by the nickname “Mega Mac”) will produce 799 hp thanks to a 5.0-liter V-8 engine developed in partnership with Ricardo. Straight-line performance estimates are a 2.9-second sprint to 60 mph, and a 0-to-100-mph run of just 5.5 seconds. That car is rumored to arrive by 2014 — which, coincidentally, is when McLaren says it vehicle production will be ramped up. McLaren previously told us it would launch a convertible and a hybrid variant of the MP4-12C, as well as the aforementioned McLaren F1-successor supercar.
For more on the new McLaren Production Center, check out the two videos below.
Source: McLaren Automotive