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Who is the mystery man with the shiny toy car in Langara College’s parking lot?

You may have seen it, the volcano-orange McLaren MP4-12C that stands out as a beacon in the lot, and rightfully wondered who at Langara could afford such a car.

Mystery car owner interviewed

The mystery McLaren MP4-12C on display in Langara’s parking lot.
Photo:  Richard Hodges

The Voice tracked down an exclusive semi-interview with the mysterious owner and Langara math teacher who asked to be identified only as ‘E’. Why, we asked? “I want to remain mysterious,” he laughed as he walked away.

The MP4-12C was launched in 2011 and is powered by a 3.8-litre V8 engine capable of reaching 592 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 200 km/h in just 8.9 seconds and a modified version of the car competes in the FIA GT3 European Championship.

E says the only reason he bought the car was the opportunity to have the first model of this McLaren in the entire province. He says he’s not in love with cars and might flip through a car magazine now and again, but the opportunity to have the status symbol was too much to resist.

Car priced at over $250,000 is one of only 50 in Canada

Ok, but how much did it cost?  E wouldn’t give a straight answer except to say it was upwards of $250,000.

We did some digging on our own and called up McLaren Toronto to get a quote. We found sales executive Horst Bulau, who had a surprising revelation.

“Oh, I sold that car to him,” Bulau said. “I’ve sold them all. We’re the only dealer in the country.”

Bulau, who estimates there are 50 MP4-12Cs in the entire country, says the sticker price for the model runs for $247,500 but “you could add $100,000 in the blink of the eye.”

So why is it worth all that money?

“The chassis is carbon fibre which is unique, everything is designed and developed by McLaren you have all their expertise from their Formula 1 car, lots of DNA comes from it so that’s also unique.” Bulau said. “It’s unbelievable to drive on a day-to-day basis.”

The mystery McLaren MP4-12C on display in Langara’s parking lot.
Photo: Richard Hodges

We took to the streets of campus to ask students what they think.

Instructor’s car a surprise to students

“It’s a professor’s car? How the hell did he get it? What’s he working here for?” asked Yoshi Kenji.

“I think I’ve seen it once before,” said Kelsey Farley. “I would never bring a car to school like that, why bring it here?”

“People have all sources of income,” said Ingo Schoppler. “I’m a student here full-time and I make $150,000 a year in retirement income.”

Reported by Richard Hodges

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