McLaren 12C Spider Races X-Games Snowboarder Down Loveland Pass

McLaren 12C Spider Races X-Games Snowboarder Down Loveland Pass

By

Jake Holmes

Motor Trend

March 20, 2013

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In celebration of delivering the first McLaren 12C Spider to a customer in the U.S., the automaker has released a short film of the convertible supercar racing a snowboarder down Loveland Pass.

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The video features Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner Rhys Millen behind the wheel of the 616-hp 12C Spider, and Winter X-Games medalist Chanelle Sladics on a snowboard. Millen generously gives Sladics a ride up to the top of 11,990-foot Loveland Pass in Colorado, sliding the McLaren’s tail out gratuitously around each corner of the winding mountain road. At the top, Sladics steps out of the car and onto her snowboard, setting the stage for a race between woman and machine.

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McLaren notes that the 12C Spider, which debuted at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, has a dedicated winter mode that optimizes the traction control and engine for use in slippery conditions. That and a set of Pirelli performance winter tires helped Millen avoid wasting all of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine’s power as wheelspin. Fortunately, he still manages to have fun with the car, giving us a chance to hear its furious exhaust note as the car drifts, slips, and slides around the mountain road.

The McLaren 12C Spider costs $268,250 after destination charges and is sold through ten dealerships in North America.

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