Wednesday, April 10, 2013

McLaren 12C Spider vs. Snowboarder

Pikes Peak record holder Rhys Millen drives the 
McLaren 12C Spider "racing" snowboarder 
Chanelle Sladics on Loveland Pass in Colorado. 
(PRNewsFoto/McLaren Automotive)

Gotta love this promotional video (SORRY, NO LONGER AVAILABLE) by McLaren Automotive for their new 12C Spider. They’ve put drift champion/hill climbing champion Rhys Millen behind the wheel, as he takes on professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics on the snowy slopes of Colorado’s Loveland Pass. She can take the direct route, he has the faster vehicle.

While the car was debuted at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it is just being delivered now. Like its predecessor, the 12C, the Spider comes with a carbon MonoCell chassis. It also sports a retractable hard top (you can see it in action in the video). Theres a 3.8 litre VI twin turbo under the hood, mated to a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. Both the 12C and 12C Spider come with a “winter” powertrain setting—I’m assuming that was used making the video.

McLaren has nine US dealers, plus one in Toronto. If you have a spare $300,000 (base MSRP for the US is given as $265,750), you might want to contact them to order your very own Spider.

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