WHY MCLAREN IS CORRECT TO LET ITS NEW CARS DO THE TALKING
THE CONTRAST IN tone could not have been greater between the unveiling of the Mclaren MP4-12C, the car that launched Mclaren Automotive in 2011, and the new 720S that replaces the car the 12C went on to become.
Mclaren boss Mike Flewitt diplomatically described that original launch as “too optimistic”. People would have preferred to find out for themselves that the car was good, rather than being told it was. Then they might have been more forgiving of the niggly issues that took the gloss off the first 12Cs to emerge from Woking.
The 650S, the final evolution of the MP4-12C, was a significantly improved car from a more humble and open company.
And now we arrive at the 720S. Everything about its spec screams ‘class-leading potential’, but at its Geneva launch, Mclaren offered the facts without opinion or interpretation. “You’ll find out when you drive it,” was the message. We look forward to that day.
The 720S’s launch allows us to reflect on just how far Mclaren has come in its short history, as Andrew Frankel does on p44. That its Geneva stand was packed with rival company execs wanting to find out more about the new car was most telling.