I can fully understand the first and last accident. A driver can lose control of a vehicle that is travelling at high speeds and plus other conditions (driver fatigue, weather, other road users carelessness, etc.). Maybe the drivers from these two crashes have not familiarised themselves with the car.
But what I could not comprehend is the second accident. Was the driver having some fun while “test driving” the vehicle? If he’s a McLaren employee, I doubt he is that irresponsible to attempt something like that.
Or is there something really wrong with the car? And did these accidents happen because of some problems?
Only McLaren knows the true nature of these issues and that is probably why McLaren’s executive chairman, Ron Dennis, wrote a personally signed letter to all customers. The letter addressed the problems of the car and how they are going to rectify it.
In the letter he stated that there were some “software bugs” which result in unnecessarily sensitive warning lights, battery drainage in certain conditions, and IRIS performance issues. IRIS is the name of McLaren’s infotainment system, which is powered by an Intel Atom chipset and runs on Microsoft software.
Customers were advised to bring their cars back to the dealer for a “software upgrade” and on top of that, to soothe the owners, every letter was accompanied by a coffee table book.
This may sound like a recall of their vehicles, done in a subtle way, probably to avoid a big “hoo hah” in the media. But whatever it is, I hope McLaren solve these issues as it is one nice car to own.
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