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McLaren supercar crashes outside factory gates

11/10/2011

A brand new McLaren supercar worth £170,000 crashed shortly after leaving the factory gates, hitting another car and ending up in nearby bushes.

The MP4-12C was headed on a shake-down run after coming off the factory production line, to check if the car worked properly. The vehicle was then to be delivered to a customer.

However, it was not meant to be.

The V8-engined McLaren hit a VW Passat on the busy A320 in Woking after driving out of a lay-by, suffering a smashed bonnet and damaged wheels. Mechanics at McLaren are now running checks on the vehicle to see if it can be repaired.

According to the Daily Mirror, the passenger of the Passat reported that its driver was off work for what he thought was whiplash.

McLaren spokesman Mark Harrison told the Mirror: "It was a car that had just come off the production line. The car was going out for a normal drive to check everything was OK - we call it a shake-down drive. It was driven by an employee of McLaren and it was all within the speed limit.

"He said he pulled out of a lay-by just past the roundabout, then just lost control and caught the driver coming the other way."

"The main thing is no one was hurt. It was just a normal road traffic accident. Everyone made their way home after the accident."

The McLaren supercar has a top speed of 205 miles per hour and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in around three seconds. It is safe to say the car insurance premiums on the MP4-12C will be considerable. The company plans to make 4,000 of these cars over the next few years.

 

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