Lewis Hamilton in the MP4-12C
As Lewis completes his last race as a McLaren driver, relive the time he drove us in an MP4-12C…
Posted: 26 Nov 2012
In standard mode, the 12C cycles through its gear ratios and drops happily into seventh gear at a bunch of revs that would have defied belief a few years ago. We're pulling barely 2,000rpm at 60mph, yet it'll run all the way to 9,000 and well over 200mph. Its trick suspension and ProActive Chassis Control ditches a mechanical anti-roll bar in favour of hydraulically interconnected dampers, and a pair of liquid-filled chambers that manage compression and rebound. So the car's ride is superb, without screwing the handling. You could honestly argue that this end of the 12C's dynamic repertoire is the more impressive; it's the one that blew Charlie away halfway through a 14-hour drive from Italy, and it's the one that's keeping me sane as jet lag and a lack of sleep kicks in. The valets outside the Burj Khalifa (163 habitable floors, plus 46 that aren't used: what would Ron say?) fall over themselves to get the keys off me. Sorry, chaps. I want them on my bedside table.