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
Besides, the keys aren't there for long. By 7.30am, we're already in the desert. In truth, it's not the ideal place to push the 12C's envelope, but there are just enough corners and roundabouts - all deserted, in the truest meaning of the word - to establish that this car is off-the-scale good. I mean, gobsmacking. Its carbon construction and tight packaging means it moves with total precision, allowing zero energy to drip away in roll or squidge. Its turn-in is so sharp and well-calibrated that it almost ‘thinks' its way into and out of corners. Its brake-steer system works like a torque-vectoring differential and almost completely eliminates understeer. Switch everything to track mode - transmission and chassis - and the slip angles get satisfyingly lairy without turning mid-engined treacherous. I really don't think there's anything else right now to touch it in terms of full-spectrum dynamics.