A gull-winged 200mph British supercar dubbed 'an F1 car for the road' is launched today by UK racing specialists McLaren. The £150,000 McLaren MP4-12C is Britain's answer to Italy's legendary Ferrari and is the long-held dream of McLaren and F1 team boss Ron Dennis to produce an 'affordable' supercar with the greenest credentials in its class.
With dramatic aerodynamic styling designed to keep it on the ground at high speed, the new McLaren two-seater will accelerate from rest to 60mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Politicians and the police want us to share their anxieties about terrorism and knife crime. Yet both groups are silent on road weapons, which kill 3000 a year, injure tens of thousands more, and bring grief and suffering on a stupefying scale.
Here is a car deliberately designed to flout the law, which will be bought by footballers and other multi-millionares, who will use it to flout the maximum speed limit. No senior police officer or politician has a bad word to say about McLaren. There will be no police raids on the firm, no arrests of the directors for criminal conspiracy, and no action taken against outlets peddling these lethal products.