Speed is the thing with a 1:1 supercar, but when it comes to a 1/18 model, performance is judged by execution of the real car's finer detail. Again, Autoart exceeds expectations on the 12C, the 1:1 one of which was in production in Woking, England, from 2011 until this April.
Autoart puts 385 parts into this model, more than half being metal, and it bathes the body in silver paint for the test car, reportedly give it 85 freehand sprays. The finish looks like it belongs on a high-end car, 1:1 or diecast.
Naturally, hood, bonnet, and scissor doors all open on realistic hinges, plus a small spoiler can be raised in back. But it's the photoetched metal grilles scattered among the 12C's many air inlets, the workable fuel filler door, real side mirrors, and the realistic-looking headlights and taillights, that bring the model to life.
Unlike some diecast that look great on top, but it plain black plastic underneath, the McLaren's undercarriage features a nicely executed carbon-fiber pattern. Likewise, the suspension works and the wheels are steerable. Displaying this in a mirror-bottom case makes sense.
I like the carbon-fiber look shroud around the engine. That means you don't see the full engine, but what is visible looks fairly realistic and includes the McLaren logo atop the air box. It looks nice, but as with most modern cars, 1:1 and diecast, the engine bay isn't exactly mind-boggling.
The wheel detail, which you'll see more of when displaying the car, is good. McLaren uses fancy five bi-spokes, and there are good-looking disc brakes and calipers visible behind the wheels.
Autoart creates an excellent interior too, with a gorgeous center stack and console with detailed knobs and clear-faced gauges. The dash looks equally good, and the floors are carpeted and include floor mats that boast McLaren's logos. Seats are no afterthought here either, with varied surfaces like in the 1:1 car, including a smooth-looking leather trim with suede inserts.
The only drawback is that you can't drive this McLaren, but it'll be a fast favorite when it's in your collection. The sample car was a well-polished silver, but Autoart also offers this in red and orange.
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