'MP4' stands for McLaren Project 4, a codename that has been used in McLaren's F1 cars since Project 4 Racing team that was run by the current McLaren CEO Ron Dennis merged with McLaren. '12' is the internal performance rank of the car in the company and 'C' is the abbreviation for Carbonfibre-MonoCell.
The car has a low weight thanks to its carbon fibre composite chassis. McLaren has also integrated advanced techonlogy such as brake steering to reduce understeer. The MP4-12C underwent a revision in 2012.
Need for Speed: Shift
The 12C appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a tier 4 car with a car rating of 15.80 included as part of the downloadable Exotic Racing Series Pack for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
The racer vehicle is unlocked upon the player earning a total of 338,750 racer bounty. The SCPD unit is unlocked upon the player earning a total of 815,000 cop bounty.
The handling of the MP4-12C makes it competitive. Players can perform drifts easily with the car and thus gain a lot of nitrous power. It can successfully race against the Lamborghini Reventón but can be outmatched in terms of acceleration. Despite being listed as classified, the top speed for the MP4-12C in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) is 208 mph (335 km/h).
|Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) - Statistics|
|Earn 338,750 racer bounty||Exotic Series||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED||RWD|
|Earn 815,000 cop bounty||Speed Enforcement||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED|
Shift 2: Unleashed
The 12C appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Modern A class vehicle with an A 1620 performance index rating and 3.88 handling rating. It is unlocked after the player successfully completes the Modern A Invitational Event, but cannot be bought from the car lot.
It can be unstable under heavy cornering. This is especially apparent in the Modern A Invitational Event, where the vehicle must be driven by the player in the Nordschleife. It is recommended not to accelerate in corner entry as it can send too much torque to the rear wheels.
A Speedhunters edition 12C is included with the downloadable Speedhunters Pack. It has an A 1970 performance index rating, can reach a top speed of 219 mph (353 km/h), and has a handling rating of 5.21.