McLaren is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the British super sports car maker has announced that it will be producing a special run of its McLaren 12C and 12C Spider supercar outfitted by the McLaren Special Operations team. As is usually the case with anniversary models, the run will be limited, with only 100 of these commemorative models built in all, split between the hardtop and open-air models.
Exclusive to the anniversary models are a remodeled CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) front bumper designed by the MSO team, with the lower section of the color-coded bumper constructed from carbon fiber. An additional race inspired upgrade is the front floor, which is made from race-derived Kevlar. Finishing off the front of the car is a special black, F1-inspired McLaren heritage badge.
Although there are no upgrades to the 12C's mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 616 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, it does come with carbon ceramic brakes, which sit behind McLaren 50 Ultra Lightweight 19 and 20-inch wheels that help reduce the car's overall weight.
The interior is also treated to commemorative upgrades, including full leather, carbon-fiber door sills, and an anniversary dedication plate on the driver's door.
Available in three distinct colors -- Carbon Black, Supernova Silver and McLaren Orange - additional touches include special carbon fiber turning vanes featuring the 'McLaren 50' logo, a monogramed black and silver car cover, limited edition key, carbon fiber presentation key box, and a print signed by Frank Stephenson, McLaren's Automotive Design Director who led the design of the 12C.
At $252,995 (12C) or $278,165 (12C Spider), the limited edition models don't come cheap. But we're sure there is someone out there with money to burn, and for those who can afford these types of cars, we could think of a lot worse ways to spend it.