posted 4 years ago

Jenson Button and Hamilton at Goodwood 2012

It has been confirmed that Formula One stars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will appear at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Time to wave the Union Flag. It has been confirmed that Formula One stars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will appear at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Between them the two Englishman will meet hard-core fans, and demonstrate the mighty McLaren MP4-26. This took both former World Champions to the top of the podium last season. It is also the basis of this year's car, which - so far - has been the class of the field. The McLaren MP4-12C will also make an appearance, but this is not a Formula One racer. It is a high performance production car that anyone can have. That is 'anyone' rich, of course.

The McLaren MP4-12C is a very potent machine. But why? It is faster, for starters, and cheaper than many of its rivals. Let us consider the evidence. The McLaren rockets to 62mph in only 3.3 seconds and costs £168,500. In contrast, the Ferrari FF is slower and costs £227,077. It is a similar story with the Ferrari 599, the 458, and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. The MP4-12C's exclusivity is another reason its competitors might loath this road-legal racer. Lots of people have Ferraris these days, plenty have Lamborghinis too - but how many own a McLaren? This beast can also be 'enhanced' by McLaren Special Operations to look even more exclusive. What a machine.