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Posted On: 28 September 2009 12:44 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Sports car revving up for Middle East debut

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McLaren Automotive is seeking distributors for its high- performance sports cars in Qatar, a spokesman said yesterday. The first in a range of high-performance sports cars from the home of “the world’s most successful racing car company”, the McLaren MP4-12C will go on sale in the Middle East in 2011. “The company has already confirmed that it is seeking retailers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It is also looking at the possibility of establishing a service centre in Lebanon,” the official said. Releasing details of the debut model, the spokesman said: “Drawing on McLaren’s long-standing Formula 1 experience, the stunning McLaren MP4-12C will challenge the very best sports cars on the market when it arrives in the Middle East in 2011.” At its heart, the McLaren MP4-12C features a revolutionary carbon fibre chassis structure, the Carbon MonoCell. This is the first time a car in this market segment has been based around such a strong and lightweight racing car engineering solution and the first time any car has ever featured a one-piece carbon fibre structure. All the parts of the 12C are unique to this car. Everything from the engine right down to the tailor-made switches and buttons is pure McLaren: nothing has come from another manufacturer’s parts bin. The 12C is equipped with a bespoke McLaren ‘M838T’ 3.8 litre, V8 twin-turbo engine producing around 600bhp, driving through a McLaren seven speed Seamless Shift dual clutch gearbox (SSG). The McLaren MP4-12C is a high-performance two-seat mid-engine model in the ‘core’ sports car market segment. Commenting on the new model, Ian Gorsuch, McLaren Automotive’s regional director for the Middle East and Africa, said: “The Middle East will be a key market for McLaren Automotive, so we have worked hard to ensure that the 12C will be perfectly suited to the marketplace. This has included conducting hot weather testing in the region to experience the uniquely challenging summer conditions that exist here.”