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McLaren supercars a hit in the UAE

McLaren 12C and 12C Spiders will soon be seen on the UAE’s best racing tracks

  • By Jaydip Sengupta, Deputy Editor-Sports
  • Published: 21:42 July 10, 2013
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: mclarenautomotive.com
  • sporty: McLaren 12C is the current Middle East Car of the Year

Dubai: If you love supercars and are dying to get your hands on one, your dream is about to come true thanks to the launch of McLaren’s first ever used supercar scheme in the Middle East.

McLaren Qualified is the company’s way of taking used 12C and 12 Spiders and putting them back on the second-hand market with an assurance they are as reliable as new models.

The supercars are ideal for taking onto open track days at both Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit and Qualified will make that a possibility for even more drivers – who will then hopefully develop that into other areas of motorsport.

“The major attraction of McLaren Qualified is accessibility in that it will give more people then chance to own and drive a 12C or 12C Spider,” Ian Gorsuch, the Middle East regional director for McLaren Automotive told XPRESS.

“This is the current Middle East Car of the Year and the response to it has been fantastic in the region.

”We have decided to launch Qualified in the UAE before anywhere else in the Middle East as it is our biggest market and there are many sports car enthusiasts who this will really appeal to.”

Cars through the Qualified scheme are still not cheap with the price stag starting at around Dh700,000. However, McLaren are offering the full free upgrade to 2013 specifications on all models which includes the latest power options ideal for racing around a track.

Owners can also make a huge range of customisations to each car.

Gorsuch added: “The UAE is becoming an increasingly sophisticated market in terms of what they look for when buying a s sports car and we are very proud of the performance of the 12C and 12C Spider as compared to our rivals.”

Local McLaren drivers often participate in open track days in the country - which are seen as some of the best ways to develop those with genuine driving talent.

The company has made a film of them in action at Yas Marina Circuit on the same track as where the McLaren F1 team perform each season.

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