A white McLaren 650S broke its face while driving down an underground garage ramp in the Chinese city of Tianjin.
It’s likely that the driver either didn’t brake when they should have, and/or perhaps forgot to engage the nose-lift system. What’s more interesting is the fact that there’s something off about this 650S, and we’re not just talking about the pieces that are no longer on it.
According to CarNewsChina that is citing Chinese reports, this is actually a McLaren MP4-12C converted locally to look like a 650S, which would actually explain why the rear fender looks so strange, and also why chunks of the front end would break off so easily.
Is this really not a 650S?
One hundred percent. Not only is the front bumper (when intact) slightly different than what it should look like on a real 650S, but the rear section is completely off, what with that dual-level angular shoulder line there, instead of a more rounded-out one. The air intake also looks noticeably smaller than it should be.
So even as an MP4-12C, the question about its lift system remains valid, because McLaren did offer an optional Vehicle Lift mode for it back in 2012, capable of raising the frond end by 40 mm (1.57 inches) and the rear by 25 mm (0.98 inches), making it easier to drive over speed bumps and up/down driveways – or in this case, parking garage ramps.
In the end, it’s safe to presume that the driver was most likely at fault here.