Photos: Supercar Tech Analysis

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The single-piece supporting structure holding up the steering column is made of magnesium.
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An exploded view of all the major components that make up the McLaren MP4-12C.
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The McLaren MP4-12C comes standard with steel brakes and forged aluminum hubs.
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Powering the McLaren MP4-12C is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 rated at 592 bhp and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. It is co-developed with Ricardo.
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The hydraulically-linked damping system inside the coil-over springs replaces the traditional anti-roll bar for better control.
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The McLaren's twin-turbo V-8 is race-inspired with its dry-sump oil system and flat-plane crankshaft. The engine has an 8500-rpm redline.
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Mounted on an aluminum subframe, the McLaren's 592-bhp engine is mated to a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission co-developed with Graziano.
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According to McLaren, the 443 lb.-ft. of torque from the 12C's twin-turbo V-8 is enough to propel the supercar to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and to the quarter-mile in 10.9, at 135 mph.
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The McLaren MP4-12C chassis sits inside the ultra-clean and ultra-impressive headquarters where it shares space with the company's Formula 1 team.
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The McLaren MP4-12C rolling chassis. Note the exhaust pipes are higher than what you would normally see on a road car.
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A closer look at the hydraulic lines for the actively linked suspension. Cleverly, the technology employs the same hydraulic pump as the steering.
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The McLaren MP4-12C's ProActive hydraulic damping system links all four wheels together and varies compression and rebound individually at each corner to optimize traction.
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The single-piece dashboard supporting structure on the McLaren is made of magnesium.
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Standard fitment on the McLaren 12C are Pirelli PZero tires with cast alloy wheels and steel brakes. Tire sizes are 235/35R-19 front and 305/30R-20 rear (shown).
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Three-quarter front view of the McLaren MP4-12C rolling chassis.
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Three-quarter rear view of the McLaren MP4-12C rolling chassis.
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The single-piece carbon-fiber tub for the McLaren MP4-12C. The Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process only takes about four hours of cycle time.
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The McLaren MP4-12C undergoes wind-tunnel testing with airflow visualization.
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The McLaren MP4-12C's basic overall dimensions.
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