Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Lombard, Illinois
McLaren MP4-12C seat time..
Sorry, the title might be a little miss leading. I did get some seat time, though I didnít actually drive the car. I just got back Saturday from a European trade show. JEC is the largest composite trade show for Carbon fiber manufacturing industry. This show is for manufacturers and OEM suppliers, showing new technologies in materials ( Carbon, Aramids, Glass, organic, etc... fibers ) and manufacturing techniques. And with the increased use of CF in the commercial transportation industry, both automotive and passenger trains and planes, many high end cars were used as booth displays this year.
One of the companies I work with as a supplier of raw materials was involved on the McLaren project, and there were 2 cars on display at the show. One display was MP4-12C CF passenger cage with attached subframes, suspension, wheels/tires and engine/exhaust to show case the chassis and running gear. Sitting in front of it was a silver MP4-12C. I got a chance to sit in it for a quick minute after the show was closed and after they cleared everyone out. Didnít really even have time to adjust the seat or really look around much, just gripped the steering wheel and looked out over the hood. The dash / console was very simple and clean, and the materials felt great. From the outside it was just a little bit smaller than i expected, really tight and lean looking. I would describe it as lower and wider than the magazine pictures make it out to be. I donít even know if it was a runner, but from all appearances it looked like it was. Overall It looked fantastic.
Lamborghini had a similar display with the Aventador tub, with front and rear sub frames and suspension / wheels attached, along with the new V12 engine and Titanium exhaust. They did not have a finished car. Carbon Fiber tub had a weave pattern on the outside surfaces of the A/B pillars and roof section. Also looked fantastic.
There was a Lexus LFA, wall mounted at the Toray Company display. It was just the CF tub with the front a rear subframes attached. Couldnít see much cause it was 25 feet off the ground. You could make out the front crumble zones fro the subframe, which look well engineered.
Also on display were more than a few F1 cars, not sure which cars ( most were raw carbon fiber ) but theyíre usually one or two years old. There was a Lotus badged one, with the black and gold livery. Once again it was wall mounted, nose down. Pretty cool.
Sorry, no pictures. I had an employee take the pictures this trip, but heís spending another week traveling thru Europe. I try to get pictures posted later.
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