As the featured marque of the Second Annual Sonoma Motorsports Historic Festival at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., on June 4-5, McLaren Automotive will present the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C alongside a number of historic McLaren racecars and the iconic McLaren F1.
"We're thrilled that McLaren Automotive is previewing the McLaren MP4-12C at our second annual Sonoma Motorsports Historic Festival," said Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd., organizer of the event. "The fans at the event and the entrants in the 13 race groups featured will have a chance to see this highly advanced production car for themselves and speak with representatives of McLaren Automotive."
The two-seat, mid-engine 12C supercar employs Formula 1-inspired engineering, a revolutionary carbon fiber "MonoCell" chassis, and an absolute focus on total efficiency and quality. It features a custom-built V8, twin-turbo engine with 592hp and 443ft-lbs of torque and is mated to a 7-speed Seamless Shift transmission. With a 0-60mph time of 3.2sec and a top speed of 205mph, the vehicle offers an extraordinary mix of handling and comfort.
The 12C is scheduled to go on sale in North America in the fall 2011. It will be the first in a range of high-performance sports cars by McLaren that will be sold and serviced through a network of 35 retailers worldwide 10 of which are based in North America.
A number of historically significant McLaren vehicles can also be viewed in the McLaren display area including the following cars:
• 1967 McLaren M5A – A representative of the early days for McLaren in Formula 1.
• 1985 McLaren MP4/2B – F1 World Championship-winning car driven by Alain Prost.
• 1967 McLaren M6A – Can-Am Championship winning car driven by Bruce McLaren.
• 1971 McLaren M8F –1971 Can-Am Championship winning car with Denny Hulme as the driver.
• 1972 McLaren M20 – Denny Hulme finished second in the Can-Am series in 1972, and the team retired from the series for good, ending the era.
• 1995 McLaren F1 – The McLaren F1 was and, in many eyes remains, the definitive sports car: the first road car with a carbon fiber construction. Only 106 examples of this vehicle were built.
In addition to the McLaren vehicle display, the event features more than 400 historic-car entries from around the world, 26 of which are McLarens.
The weekend's festivities at the Second Annual Historic Motorsports Festival will also include the Historic Race Car Festival in the Sonoma Plaza Saturday evening, benefiting Speedway Children's Charities.