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September 9, 2009

McLaren unveils ‘F1 car for the road’

British race car designer McLaren unveiled a new street car Wednesday, albeit one that pushes 200 mph and costs about $250,000.

Not designed for soccer moms, McLaren intends to produce about 1,000 MP4-12C cars a year as a rival to Lamborghini and Ferrari, The Times of London reported.

The car is not schedule for sale until 2011. It features gull wing doors, self-adjusting suspension, and a 3.8 liter V8 twin turbo engine.

Dubbed the F1 car for the road, after Formula One race cars, the two-seater MP4-12C averages 22 mpg, the company said.

Its acceleration was measured at zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, The Times reported. Its top speed is rated at 240 mph.