The customer lounge area allows you a clear view of the workshop when your Mac is getting work done.
The customer lounge area allows you a clear view of the workshop when your Mac is getting work done.
Officially opened in April 2012, the McLaren Singapore showroom stands as the largest McLaren dealership in the Asia Pacific region and is among the largest in the world. Total floor area is 572sqm while the ceiling stretches to 7.5m in height. 

From the entrance right through to the McLaren workshop at the back, visitors enjoy an unobstructed view of the entire space. While the current MP4-12C production car takes pride of place on the turntable near the customer lounge area.
The MP4-12C isn’t the company’s first foray into production supercars. In supercar circles, their first production car, the McLaren F1, has gained legendary notoriety for its extreme performance envelope. Conceived by Gordon Murray as the ultimate no compromise sportscar, the F1 featured a central driving position that is considered the optimum position. Just like in an F1 racing machine. 

Gordon had very specific requirements for the engine. The onus fell on BMW’s M Division to produce an engine worthy of Gordon Murray’s ultimate sportscar. The end result was a Naturally Aspirated 6.1-litre 60 degree V12 engine that could produce 618bhp. While the engine was slightly heavier than Gordon’s specification of 250kg, the engine produced 14% above his specifications as well. Combined with the lightweight carbon fibre body, the supercar achieved acceleration numbers that were unheard of in the early 90s. At one point, the F1 held the ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ record of 391kmh long before the Bugatti Veyron was launched.
McLaren prides itself in bringing technologies developed from their racing experience to the road. Besides the brilliant 3.8-litre V8 in the middle, the MP4-12C features advanced technologies like brake-steer where the inside wheel is braked to delete understeer when cornering. Like its predecessor, the 12C uses carbon fibre extensively throughout its construction. The chassis is based on an F1-style one piece carbon fibre tub which McLaren calls a Carbon MonoCell. 

Displayed next to the road car is Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren MP4/24 which he steered to victory in the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix.
Despite losing its roof, the 12C Spider loses none of its chassis stiffness due to the exceptional construction of the Carbon MonoCell. Torsional rigidity that has been built into the carbon fibre construction means the Spider sacrifices little in terms of performance over the coupe. With the electrically operated tonneau cover, the Spider gains just 75kgs over the coupe. 

Ironically, the Spider actually gains more luggage space over the coupe due to extra space available under the tonneau cover when the roof is up.
The heart and soul of the MP4-12C can be found in its 3.8-litre V8 M838T powerplant. Although it started life from Tom Walkinshaw Racing's developed version of the Nissan VRH35, little of the original engine remains besides the 93mm bore. 

This same engine unit was redeveloped for use in the new McLaren P1 but optimized for cooling and durability when under higher loads.
In the MP4-12C, the M838T turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 produces 592bhp and 600Nm of torque to propel the sports car from 0 to 100kmh in just 3.1 seconds. Though not as fast as its predecessor, the baby Mac can still hit speeds of 330kmh.
A lone 12C sits on the rotating turntable while the potential new owner observes each curve and line of this purpose-built machine. As described by Frank Stephenson, McLaren’s Design Director, the car was designed from day one with constant communication between engineers and designers to come up with a grounded design rather than one where engineers have to work around limits set by the design. Every panel on the 12C serves a purpose to either channel air to the engine's cooling systems or aid in the car's overall aerodynamic efficiency.
Every McLaren can be configured according to the owner’s exact specifications. A configurator helps the customer to visualize the car exactly before the order is sent to Woking.
The state of the art McLaren workshop can pamper as many as four cars at any one time. The three finger hoists are buried into the ground to maintain the clean lines of the workshop. There’s also a diagnostic bay for your 12C when it isn’t feeling too good. 

The workshop is also fully equipped with Special Tools from McLaren in Woking. According to the workshop, new equipment will be arriving next year for the impending launch of the flagship P1.  

Technicians work off wifi and 3G diagnostic tablets to remotely access diagnostic information from the cars. If necessary, technicians from the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK can remotely access the car’s system to assist in troubleshooting problems or data collection when necessary.
The McLaren showroom
Launched in April 2012, the McLaren showroom stands out along the Leng Kee Road car belt with its unique design language that is inspired by the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK. We spent an intimate evening capturing the space that was inspired by the racing dream of the brand's founder, Bruce McLaren.
Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline - posted 26 Sep 2013
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