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      11-03-2012, 12:45 AM   #1
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I saw a wonderful new "M" car

I was driving home from work in the rain the other night, and I was passed by a dark grey matte finish sports car. It didn't look familiar, and I've seen most of the modern sports cars at the track. I was able to pull up behind it and listen to the amazing engine note. A very discrete howl as it went through the gears.

At a stoplight, I finally got close enough to read the name. It started with the familiar looking BMW style angled letter "M", but it wasn't followed by a number. Instead it had the letters "cLaren" after the M.

Awesome.
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Who made the motor for those
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Who made the motor for those
They developed their own motor this time I believe. 3.8 litre V8 with 2 turbos. Revs into the 8 thousands.
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They developed their own motor this time I believe. 3.8 litre V8 with 2 turbos. Revs into the 8 thousands.
I was assuming he saw an F1...forgot about the new one. Sweet!
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Engine specs are right... but the motor is made by Riccardo in the UK. The engine has a very wide "dual" character... quiet and kind of flat below 3500 rpm, and very mean above it.

Car drives in a very interesting way... on full comfort it rides like no super car before, and on full race it firms way up.

Nice car... but takes time to really understand it.

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They developed their own motor this time I believe. 3.8 litre V8 with 2 turbos. Revs into the 8 thousands.
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      11-03-2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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There's an orange one that's been sitting on the local Aston Martin dealer lot here for several weeks now. Amazing car, horrible model name. MP4-12C sounds like a Canon copier.
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I see them all the time here in Toronto
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      11-03-2012, 03:38 PM   #10
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LOL - some clown was tailgating me a couple of days ago, so when we got to a speed limit increase, I stood on it to get some space. As I pulled away, thought "And what the hell kind of car is that?? Don't recognize the nose, it's probably something lame."

Or...it's a McLaren MP4-12C The guy's still a clown for tailgating, but I'll give him props for the car.

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Was passed by an MP4 3 times in 4 laps on the Nurburgring last month.

Here she is from the parking lot...





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I see them all the time here in Toronto
Actually they are much more common here than most of the other exotics.

Downtown one night at a place that we go to.

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Was passed by an MP4 3 times in 4 laps on the Nurburgring last month.

Here she is from the parking lot...





This must be the same one I saw last month.... Was the licence plate "McLaren"?
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This must be the same one I saw last month.... Was the licence plate "McLaren"?
Yessir!



Which day\days were you there?

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I believe it was...

Which day\days were you there?
28 -30th Sept
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28 -30th Sept
You beat me to my edit!

I was there Sept, 28th - Oct, 1st.

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You beat me to my edit!

I was there Sept, 28th - Oct, 1st.

Damn
Cool, did you hear about the unfortunate accident on the Saturday afternoon?
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Cool, did you hear about the unfortunate accident on the Saturday afternoon?
Late afternoon?

I was at Breidscheid Bridge Corner (the corner where you can see the Hotel an der Nordschliefe) taking pics and then no cars came through for about 10 minutes. I figured there was another accident, so I went to a bar in Adenau (Hotel Blau Eckte).

What happened?

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Also, I took a ton of pics of cars in the parking lots... Maybe I snapped one of yours... I'll have to take a look
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Late afternoon?

I was at Breidscheid Bridge Corner (the corner where you can see the Hotel an der Nordschliefe) taking pics and then no cars came through for about 10 minutes. I figured there was another accident, so I went to a bar in Adenau (Hotel Blau Eckte).

What happened?
Yeah when the racing was over they opened the track to the public...
A biker came off and then got run down by a car. He was killed on impact.
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Also, I took a ton of pics of cars in the parking lots... Maybe I snapped one of yours... I'll have to take a look
Cool, let me know. I didn't track mine till the Sunday.
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Yeah when the racing was over they opened the track to the public...
A biker came off and then got run down by a car. He was killed on impact.
That's a shame. Lots of bikers there for the GP race that weekend. After driving the circuit it's really easy to see how the accidents happen.

All my track shots were on Sat. and all my parking lot pics are from Sunday, so perhaps I snapped a pic in the lot.
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