We have reported before on McLaren’s new supercar before when it first went into production earlier this year. But now we have some more unfortunate news, as a model of the McLaren MP4-12C supercar is totaled before being delivered to a customer.
A worker from the factory was taking the car for its first test drive, and almost instantly crashed it into another car. The MP4-12C was being tested ahead of being delivered to an expectant customer, and according to The Mail ended up in bushes by the side of the road.
Workers at the McLaren factory were working non-stop to see if any of the car could be salvaged, and a passenger from the other vehicle said there was a big dent and damaged wheel of the car he was traveling in. The McLaren suffered damage to the bonnet and front wheels, and a spokesman from the manufacturer said it may be a complete write-off.
The car had only just rolled off the production line, and was undergoing its usual shake-down drive to make sure everything was working. It had pulled away from the side of the road and lost control before hitting the car coming the other way.
Luckily no one was hurt in the accident, and the car is capable of reaching speeds of 205mph with only 4,000 being made. McLaren has stressed the car wasn’t speeding and everyone involved went straight home after the accident that happened on the A320 in Woking.
There is likely to be one frustrated customer and a pretty embarrassed McLaren employee, but at least the only thing that got hurt was someone’s pride. Hit the link to see the car after the accident.