Video: EVO Tests McLaren MP4-12C Against Its Toughest Rivals

Video EVO Tests McLaren MP4-12C Against Its Toughest Rivals

And so it became 3 – 1 for the Ferrari 458 Italia. EVO Magazine has made it 3 – 1 during their test of the MP4-12C against three of its toughest rivals; the Ferrari 458 Italia, Noble M600 and Porsche 911 Turbo S.

In three single videos you will see a drag race and flying laps of the different sports cars. EVO’s Nick Thrott, Harry Metcalfe, Roger Green and Andy Wallace talk you through the story and the three clips.

McLaren MP4-12C lap time

Ferrari 458 Italia lap time

Noble M600 lap time

That is 1:20.6 for the MP4-12C and 1:19.3 for the 458 Italia. 1.3 seconds faster! In a straight line the McLaren will smash almost any sports car, but on a high speed lap the Ferrari wins with ease.

Published: June 28, 2011 6:22 pm

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  • Kris

    We can only speak empty talks here and speculate. But if you ask me the McLaren is slower ’cause you can’t turn off the stability control completely and because of that new suspension. If it was with good old fashioned sway bars and without any electronics that cuts off power or engages brakes to gain stability it’ll be much faster. Just my opinion though.

  • 0-60

    Yeah your right good points! Although if that car is really lower than stock, wouldnt that have been done in a garage too? Autocar say its the turbo lag on the Mclaren that lets it down on the track, which would explain it being faster in a drag and not on the track.

  • Kris

    @0-60, a lot more bhp wouldn’t place the Ferrari 3rd on the drag. And the only way to extract more bhp by only tuning the stock car is by remaping the ECU. And this alone can’t extract much more power. To make that difference they need induction, exhaust and timing changes. All things that you make in a garage not by laptop. And again if the Ferrari was much more powerful than stock, the drag race would’ve be with totally different outcome.