McLaren is continuing to offer snippets of information regarding the convertible version of its MP4-12C sports car, which is due to go on sale next year as a 2014 model. This time, the British automaker has enlisted help from its Formula One side of operations – namely, , the 2009 World Champion and current racing driver for McLaren's F1 team. In this video, Jenson is seen describing the thrill of driving a car that's exposed to the elements. The marketing spin is that he could be talking about either his racing car, or the upcoming McLaren MP4-12C Spider.
Yea, we think he's talking about his F1 car too.
That doesn't temper our enthusiasm for what should be one of the most dynamically engaging drop-top supercars on the market once it arrives. The Spider will use the same lightweight carbon fiber chassis, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and 7-speed twin-clutch Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) found in the hardtop variant. Chances are good that McLaren will employ a high-tech folding hardtop, constructed primarily of aluminum and/or carbon fiber. That should allow the Spider to maintain a top speed in excess of 200-mph, at least with the top in place.
One thing we're certain of is that Jenson Button is likely to have a very rapid and stylish new company car about this time next year. And for that, he might very well be talking about the road car. Look for McLaren to release full specs on the Spider in the very near future – possibly to coincide with the upcoming British Grand Prix held at on July 8.