Newport Beach, CA – There is a purring low rumble in the world of underground racing as the stock McLaren 12C gets closer to its upper echelon brethren in speed and performance. The race engineering and design team at HyperCar Development has found the balance to convert this classic vehicle into a speed demon while still maintaining the smooth performance for which McLarens are known.
The team will be racing their custom Phase 1 Hyper800 McLaren MP4-12C at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, California on December 30, 2015. Just 49 miles East of the Palm Springs area, this 2.68 mile track is located between Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
The Hyper800 McLaren will also be made available for select automotive media personnel to drive at the track. This performance showcase is also expected to include a celebrity-owned McLaren P1 (903 HP, 663.8 lb-ft torque, 0-100 kph in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 kph in 6.8 seconds) for comparison and head-to-head.
“The team turning stock McLarens into affordable, high-performing Hyper Cars are like horse whisperers. Or more like horsepower whisperers. They coerce these gentle cars into powerful beasts,” said celebrity radio personality and race enthusiast Kerri Kasem at a recent Hyper McLaren event.
HyperCar Development is based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area with offices in Newport Beach, California. The engineering conversion is designed to take the popular McLaren 12C from a standard 616 HP (horsepower) to incremental phases of 800, 1000, 1200, and 1500+ HP.
One of the differentiating features from other racing conversions is that the Formula One experienced design team maintains the stability and control systems of the vehicle while converting it for track performance. This means that the street legal vehicle can actually be driven to the racetrack as well as for daily use. Remarkably, the refinements have shown a dramatic improvement in gas mileage.