Superlight $5,100 19-in. wheels resemble spider legs.
MP4-12C first of new breed of McLaren supercars.
MP4-12C navigates “Top Gear” track in U.K. with 747 in background.
Extending Airbrake adds downforce during hard braking, improves stability.
Mirror housing one of many carbon-fiber components.
Flat-bottom steering wheel bears Kiwi-derived McLaren “speed marque.”
Climbing in horizontally requires flexibility, strength.
Carbon-fiber engine-bay panels are extra $4,000.
Brake pedal vertically oriented.
Dihedral doors make bold statement.
This 592-hp 2-seat mid-engine hand-assembled exotic with dihedral doors and a carbon-fiber chassis makes every competent driver feel like Michael Schumacher, if only for the 3.1 seconds it takes to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h).
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