A McLaren 12C Spider has been completely destroyed at the American Gold Rush Rally 2013. Fortunately the driver managed to walk away from the accident.
According to a report regarding the high-speed crash, the McLaren 12C rocketed through a ditch, went under two fences before coming airborne and slamming into a storage unit in Eastern Texas. It’s not yet known exactly what caused the crash, but it was likely caused in part due the driver losing control at high speed.
The 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the McLaren 12C spider features the same engine as the 2013-spec McLaren 12C. It now features 616hp and 600Nm of torque which makes for a zero to 100km/h time of just 3.1 seconds, exactly the same as the coupe. To 200km/h it takes nine seconds, which is 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe. Top speed is 3km/h short to the fixed roof 12C at 329km/h.
The running gear is exactly the same too. The transmission is a seven-speed dual clutch unit which receives the 2013 mapping, designed to increase shift time and responsiveness. Compared to the 2012 model, the Spider feels very crisp with power available on demand. As you would expect with a dual clutch system, the shifts are instantaneous.
[Via The Smoking Tire]