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Archive for the ‘McLaren F1’ Category

PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR ‘25R’ Restoration

McLaren Special Operations may be known for building exclusive one-off creations, but it’s now expanding its workload with the launch of a new certification program for the British automaker’s most iconic model, the F1. Part of the new program’s objectives is to authenticate the history and specification of a specific McLaren F1. Coinciding with the launch of the program is the first McLaren F1 to get fully certified: the 1997 F1 GTR Longtail “25R.”

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper Selection of the Day: 1993 McLaren F1

1993 McLaren F1


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Read our full review of the 1993 McLaren F1 or check out the gallery below for more wallpapers of this iconic beauty!

PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR Is More Than Just a Supercar, It’s Also a Christmas Tree Transporter

The McLaren F1 GTR is one of the most eye-catching supercars of all time. It’s a magnet for attention, and it’s capable of unfiltered viciousness on the race track. Apparently, it also makes for a handy car during the holiday season, as the owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, showed us in a recent video.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a performance car double as a Christmas tree transport vehicle. We saw a Ferrari 458 and an Audi R8 do it last year. But a McLaren F1 GTR? That’s never going to happen, right? Guess again.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to use an F1 GTR for this purpose. But I don’t own one, so my opinion doesn’t matter. Andy74b on Instagram does own one, and we see it in all its glory in this video prepared by the man himself. He gets inside the car, drives to the tree farm, and buys one for his home. Since the F1 GTR lacks in enough space to fit a Christmas tree, Andy74b decides to simply strap it onto the roof of his F1 GTR, before going on his merry way.

It’s one thing to see a Ferrari 458 or an Audi R8 serve the role of a Christmas tree transport vehicle. That’s old news. Whats beyond comprehension is seeing someone use an eight-figure supercar for the same reason. Then again, such issues are problems for the affluent, something we can clearly see in this example. Here’s to hoping that the F1 GTR survived in bringing that Christmas to its destination.

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Read our full review on the 1995-1997 McLaren F1 GTR.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren Finally Opens Dedicated Service Center for the F1 Supercar

When you have a car as important as the McLaren F1, the impetus is to do whatever it can to take care of it, even if it means shipping it to the UK for maintenance purposes. The distance and logistics of shipping the supercar are two of the biggest sources of headaches among F1 owners in the U.S. Fortunately, McLaren finally decided to open the country’s first ever dedicated service center for the almighty exotic. The center will be operated by McLaren Philadelphia but will function independently from the dealership’s main retail facility.


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“The distance and logistics of shipping the supercar are two of the biggest sources of headaches among F1 owners in the U.S.”

This falls under the classic case of “late” being a much better option than “never.” For the longest time, McLaren F1 owners in the U.S. — there are reportedly 20 of them — have had to ship their supercars to the UK just so these cars could get maintenance work. Not only does it cost a lot of money to do that, but the risk of shipping these prized exotics is far too great for a lot of these owners. What happens when something goes wrong while the car is in transit? Worse, what happens if the car is stolen?

The opening of the first dedicated service center for the F1 in North America is a major boon for owners of the supercar in the U.S. Not only is it much closer than shipping the car to the UK, but it also makes it easier for these owners to keep tabs on the status of their cars. Should there be a need to go to the service center personally to check on the car, owners can do that much easier than hopping on a plane and crossing the Atlantic.


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“The opening of the first dedicated service center for the F1 in North America is a major boon for owners of the supercar in the U.S.”

Even better, McLaren isn’t leaving any stones unturned in ensuring that the new service center is up to its standards. The place itself is created to replicate the services provided by MSO at its headquarters. It will also have staff and employees that have been trained and educated by MSO specialists, ensuring that their work is on part with the automaker’s expectations.

That kind of training is needed when the car in question requires a full suspension inspection with full “vehicle shakedown” on a closed test track, among other tests. Every second annual service also requires “a higher level of inspection,” including a brake service and flush, a more in-depth vehicle alignment, CV joint service, air-conditioning service, and a coolant service, among other items on the checklist.

This kind of attention-to-detail is what a car like the McLaren F1 deserves. Props to the British automaker for finally understanding the importance of having a dedicated service center for the supercar in the US. With only 106 examples built, close to 20 percent of all F1s in existence are reportedly located in the U.S.

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Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Finally Opens Dedicated Service Center for the F1 Supercar

When you have a car as important as the McLaren F1, the impetus is to do whatever it can to take care of it, even if it means shipping it to the UK for maintenance purposes. The distance and logistics of shipping the supercar are two of the biggest sources of headaches among F1 owners in the U.S. Fortunately, McLaren finally decided to open the country’s first ever dedicated service center for the almighty exotic. The center will be operated by McLaren Philadelphia but will function independently from the dealership’s main retail facility.


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“The distance and logistics of shipping the supercar are two of the biggest sources of headaches among F1 owners in the U.S.”

This falls under the classic case of “late” being a much better option than “never.” For the longest time, McLaren F1 owners in the U.S. — there are reportedly 20 of them — have had to ship their supercars to the UK just so these cars could get maintenance work. Not only does it cost a lot of money to do that, but the risk of shipping these prized exotics is far too great for a lot of these owners. What happens when something goes wrong while the car is in transit? Worse, what happens if the car is stolen?

The opening of the first dedicated service center for the F1 in North America is a major boon for owners of the supercar in the U.S. Not only is it much closer than shipping the car to the UK, but it also makes it easier for these owners to keep tabs on the status of their cars. Should there be a need to go to the service center personally to check on the car, owners can do that much easier than hopping on a plane and crossing the Atlantic.


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“The opening of the first dedicated service center for the F1 in North America is a major boon for owners of the supercar in the U.S.”

Even better, McLaren isn’t leaving any stones unturned in ensuring that the new service center is up to its standards. The place itself is created to replicate the services provided by MSO at its headquarters. It will also have staff and employees that have been trained and educated by MSO specialists, ensuring that their work is on part with the automaker’s expectations.

That kind of training is needed when the car in question requires a full suspension inspection with full “vehicle shakedown” on a closed test track, among other tests. Every second annual service also requires “a higher level of inspection,” including a brake service and flush, a more in-depth vehicle alignment, CV joint service, air-conditioning service, and a coolant service, among other items on the checklist.

This kind of attention-to-detail is what a car like the McLaren F1 deserves. Props to the British automaker for finally understanding the importance of having a dedicated service center for the supercar in the US. With only 106 examples built, close to 20 percent of all F1s in existence are reportedly located in the U.S.

References

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Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 Ownership Doesn’t come Cheap: Video

In a video released by VineWiki Previous F1 owner, Bruce Weiner, goes into the detail of the maintenance costs associated with ownership. Now, naturally, you would have to expect that owning a supercar – especially one of the F1’s caliber at that time – would be costly, but we’re talking about the kind of money that fuels divorce, among other things. In the video, Weiner explains that something like replacing the fuel cell, which needs to be done every five years, will set you back roughly $100,000 – a price tag that doesn’t even include transport or specifics. The clutch? Well, that needs to be replaced every few years or at about 3,000 miles and even changing the tires will set you back $50,000. Of course, that money gets you all the bits and pieces that go along with tire changing on a race car – a day at the track, a driver, the mechanics on site, various insurances, and the necessary suspension tuning and balancing.

Now, whether or not it really is so expensive, really remains to be seen. Weiner paid out $1.2 million for his legendary beast. The owner before him had just paid about $300,000 to have it painted Volcano Orange (a nice choice if we do say so ourselves,) but what really raises the question is how well Mr. Weiner actually knew the car. After all, in the video, he says there were 63 road-going examples when there were really 64, and, in case you didn’t notice, that 6.1-liter V-12 built by BMW wasn’t an “off-the-shelf” engine. Sorry, Weiner, but that engine was built specifically for the F1 and wasn’t used in any other car.

With that in mind, even if it did cost that much to own, what can you expect. It was once the fastest car in the world, and its engine bay is lined in gold. This isn’t your wife’s Mercedes, and it’s not your every day BMW 6 Series. We’re talking about a race car built for the road. Nothing about it was going to be cheap. It’s too bad he let the cost of owning such a fine piece of automotive history ruin the fact that he was sitting on top of one of the greatest cars ever built. Check out the video for yourself below!

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PostHeaderIcon Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We’re Thankful For

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of daily life, and in the process, forget about all the good things you’ve got going for you. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those blessings, providing an opportunity to be grateful for what you have. For us car lovers, 2017 brought all kinds of new stuff to be thankful for, with a bevy of outrageous hypercars to drool over and bench race. As such, we’ve put together a list of cars we’re thankful for right here for your enjoyment.

While 2017 certainly brought the goods in terms of high-end performance, we had to toss in a few other models as well, ya know, just to remind us how truly fortunate we are. And, per usual, we wanna know what cars you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be some top-shelf, 250-mph insane-o machine. Perhaps you’re thankful for your trusty daily driver, which reliably ferries you to and fro without issue. Let us know in the comments. And oh yeah – Happy Thanksgiving!

Continue reading to learn more about the cars we’re thankful for.

Hennessey Venom F5


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Introduced late last month at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Venom F5 is a follow-up to Hennessey’s epic Venom GT, and like its predecessor, the F5 aims for no less than the title of fastest production car in the world. And while the specifics of that goal are a bit, uh, murky (will Hennessey make enough examples to qualify the F5 as a production car?), the specs on this thing are reason enough to make us grateful it exists. Power comes from a new twin-turbo V-8 (a Hennessey specialty), which throws down 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. The Texas tuner is shooting for 300 mph at the top end, and although we have yet to see this thing running in the real world, we think it’s worthy of praise all the same.

Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5.

Tesla Roadster 2.0


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Tesla has a habit of stirring the auto industry pot with its claims, and its latest debut is like a high-speed blender in that respect. Unwrapped in a surprise reveal alongside the automaker’s new electric semi truck, the Roadster 2.0 is a follow-up to Tesla’s very first model, and it’s upgraded in just about every way imaginable. Not only does it look fantastic, but under the sultry body panels is a 200-kWh battery and three electric motors, good enough for 620 miles of range between plug-ins. Impressive, no doubt, but the California automaker is also saying this thing will be the first production car to go from 0-to-60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Top speed is rated at over 250 mph, which would also make it the fastest production EV ever made. Granted, we’re still several years from seeing these claims verified, but we’re happy Tesla is back to shaking things up.

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster 2.0

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Good things happen when motorsport tech finds its way onto the street. Case in point – the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Offered as a collaborative project between Aston and Red Bull racing, the Valkyrie was created with technical input from Adrian Newey, one of the most successful engineers from the world of Formula 1, and the results are staggering. Advanced aerodynamics and composite materials form the base, while a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 hybrid makes over 1,000 horsepower, blessing the machine with a 1-to-1 power-to-weight ratio.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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Speaking of Formula 1, Mercedes-AMG has its own take on bringing top-echelon performance to the street. It’s called the Project One, and it’s got lots of the same stuff as Lewis Hamilton’s ride. That includes a mid-mounted turbo and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that zings all the way to 11,000 rpm, making over 1,000 horsepower along the way. It’s also got adaptive aero and adaptive suspension, while AMG carbon brakes haul it down.

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Aston Martin Vantage


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Might as well toss in something a bit less outrageous in this list. While it might not have four-figure output numbers or record-setting speed, we’re still very thankful for the new second-generation Vantage. I mean, just look at it! It’s got the goods inside to match too, while under that lovely hood line lies a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 making more than 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque to feed the rear wheels. This is the kind of car that’ll make you feel like a secret agent, and for that, we’re grateful.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage.

Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Top Speed Record


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While bold claims from the manufacturer about what a car can do can be fun, the real good stuff happens on pavement. Koenigsegg knows this, and amidst claims of “300 mph” this and “0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds” that, the Agera RS proved its mettle by going 277.9 mph. On a public road, no less. Earlier this month, the Swedes got special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to test the top speed of the Agera RS, and in the end, Koenigsegg walked away with a new world title.

Read the full story here.

McLaren F1


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When you break it down, most of the cars on this list owe much of their greatness to this – the McLaren F1. Released in the early ‘90s, the F1 blitzed the competition with a series of firsts. Not only was it the first production car to come equipped with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and exotic materials like magnesium and titanium, but it also managed to go an astonishing 240 mph in the top end. It held the record of fastest production car on Earth for nearly a decade.

Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.

PostHeaderIcon A New But Used McLaren F1 is for Sale and it’s like a Wet Dream come True

New but Used…. It’s not a term that you usually hear associated with an automobile, and if you do, it’s usually closer to “like-new” which means it’s pretty much a polished turd that looks just good enough and drives just good enough to trick you into buying it. This time around, however, that scenario is far from true and the car we’re talking about today is a McLaren F1. Naturally, you won’t find a brand-new F1 for sale since they’ve been out of production for some 20 years or so, but you better believe this is about as close as you’ll ever get. And, truth be told, it falls under that “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category.

According to Tom Hartley JNR, this F1 is the “lowest mileage F1 in existence,” which could very well be true considering it has just 239 kilometers on the clock – that’s right; 239 kilometers or about 148 miles. That’s all McLaren test miles that take place before delivery, so the rich Japanese man that official commissioned it clearly planned to treat it as an investment instead of the incredible machine it really is. Either way, his loss is someone else’s gain as this thing still has the protective wrapping on the inside which, more or less, is a testament to how mint this Pioneer of the supercar world really is.

In addition to the car itself, the F1 comes with its own list of goodies that include the LM style spare exhaust, and extra GTR steering wheel with an F1 logo, passenger over-carpets, and a windshield strip, all of which remain in the original, factory packaging. You can also add in the fitted luggage to that list as they also reside in their original plastic wrap. Other goodies include a removable steering wheel wrapped in suede, a carbon driver’s seat with an F1 logo and yellow insert, yellow straps on the driver’s seat, and there’s even a hand-painted signature of F1 designed Gordon Murray on the body. Finally, to complete the package, this baby includes the leather-cased owner’s handbooks, a Facom tool chest, tool roll with gold-plated titanium tools (originals, of course,) spare keys, and the accompanying TAG Heuer watch with the matching chassis No. 60 engraved on the face. As a side note, the watch has also never been worn, so you get that rare gem as a still-new collectible as well.

OF course, the dealer doesn’t have a price listed, so you can imagine it’s going to go for
a very pretty penny and it may even take a while to sell depending on the offers that come in. To put the importance of an unused model like this into perspective, the first F1 to be imported to the United States was sold for more than $15 million. It included some homologation parts but had been driven somewhere around 10,000 miles before being sold here. With that in mind, how much do you think this undriven example will go for? I bet someone with really deep pockets will shell out somewhere in the $25 million range. Give us your guesses in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 Street Cars With Ridiculous Spec Sheets

We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but things have been getting a little out of hand lately. In the never-ending quest to one-up the competition, automakers have unleashed some truly astounding machines upon the world, each packed to the brim with jaw-dropping stats. The numbers these things bring to the table are simply ridiculous – outrageous power, mind-warping speed, and otherworldly performance potential. Any one of these rides will permanently alter your perception of what it means to go fast, even if all you do is digest the numbers. As such, we’ve listed here our top five favorite street cars with simply ridiculous spec sheets.

Obviously, super cars make up the majority of the entries, but we’ve also got the king of the muscle cars and even an all-electric icon on the list as well. Each entry is fully capable of melting face in its own special way, and each serves as a reminder that we are indeed living in a special time. Enthusiasts, say hello to the ultimate bench racers, the four-wheeled monsters bringing the hottest of the heat. Which would you have? Let us know in the comments section below, or post up your pick for the car with the most ridiculous spec sheet.

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PostHeaderIcon What Are The Craziest Supercar Interiors That Money Can Buy?

We’re gonna be honest here – supercars are just getting ridiculous these days. Let’s start with the performance. We left the 200-mph barrier a long time ago, and the tip-top shelf performance vehicles these days are pushing ever closer to 300 mph thanks to absurd four-figure power numbers, advanced aerodynamics, and spaceship composites under (and over) the skin. Or you could talk about the cost – if you’ve got the connections and the bankroll, it’s not all that difficult to spend millions and millions on just one of these machines. Indeed, the term supercar has taken on new meaning over the past couple years, and that includes evolved cabins to match the insane spec sheets. To celebrate that fact, we’ve assembled the top five craziest supercar interiors that money can buy, right here for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Over the top is a gross understatement when it comes to the following five cars. These things offer levels of opulence usually reserved for mansions, accomplishing the dual goals of looking good and going fast thanks to next-level design, materials, and execution.

Some of them are beautiful, some of them are weird, but all of them are insane in their own special kind of way. Which would you prefer? Or better yet, did we fail to include a crazy supercar interior that tops these five? Let us know in the comments section.

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PostHeaderIcon Pink Floyd's Drummer Crashes His McLaren F1 GTR

This past weekend, the Goodwood Circuit hosted the 75th Members’ Meeting, which brought (as usual) an impressive lineup of classic and more recent race cars to the iconic British track. Unfortunately, this event also saw a highly collectible car leave the track and slam into an outside wall. I’m talking about a McLaren F1 GTR driven by none other than Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

A fan of historic racing and noted classic car collector, Mason took his F1 GTR for a spin on the Goodwood track and things obviously didn’t work that well. Although the video doesn’t provide clues as to how the GTR slammed into the wall, it’s safe to assume that Mason lost control of the powerful race car and went spinning into the green. It doesn’t appear as if he was driving at high speed, but the damage is pretty extensive, with the front bumper, left fender, and left headlamp needing to be replaced now.

This isn’t necessarily an issue since McLaren still provides parts and even takes care of repair process, but bringing the car back to its original state will be pretty expensive. Especially if the suspension and electronics suffered damage too. Okay, so maybe Mason won’t have trouble paying for the repairs, but it’s still painful to see a rare car like this — only 28 were built — take damage. On the other hand, it’s actually good to see that Mason’s F1 GTR gets some track action instead of spending its life in a garage.

Mason, who recently turned 73, is a big classic and race car enthusiast, most known for owning various Ferraris. His collection includes one of the 39 Ferrari GTOs, an Enzo, and a 512S race car, among others.


PostHeaderIcon Ride Shotgun in the McLaren F1 During its Record-Breaking Run in 1998

The McLaren F1 is the legend of legends and is still considered by some to be the best car ever made. It was engineered by a team of hand-picked masterminds with a focus on reduced drag, increased downforce, and mind shattering performance all wrapped up into one sexy package that effectively raised the bar for all supercars that came after it. Not only was it pleasing to look at, but the design itself was pure genius as it accommodates enough downforce that there was no need for a big, bulky spoiler or wing on struts in the rear. With a curb weight of around 2,500 pounds and a 6.1-liter, BMW, V-12 that had 627 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, the McLaren F1 took a dominating toll on the record books in the early 1990s. And that folks, is what brings me to the topic at hand: the F1’s crazy top speed record of 240.1 mph.

To this day, the F1 is still the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever built and is still one of the most exclusive cars in the world. It’s top speed record has since been beaten, but a recently revealed video of the F1s record-breaking speed run comes to remind us of just how amazingly fast the F1 was in a time where fast didn’t come quite as easy as it does today. In the video you’re about to watch, you’ll see Le Mans winner Andy Wallace make several passes at the Ehra-Lessien proving ground, eventually pushing the F1 to the very threshold of its limits. All told the F1 actually hit 391 km, which is 242.956 mph, but because records average out two runs in opposing directions, the record was officially set at 240.1 mph.

In the video, you’ll see the in-car footage of this crazy record being set and can even hear everything Wallace had to say during the process. Once the car creeps over the 220 mph mark, you’ll finally get to see just how scary it really was for Wallace as the car was quite literally ready to take flight and even the slightest wrong move would have ended in disaster. But, that didn’t happen, and now we have the glory of sharing that experience with the man who pushed the F1 and himself to the limit. Click play and enjoy!


PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR "Longtail" Turns 20, Gets Artistic Photo Shoot

The McLaren P1 supercar may be all modern and fancy with its fresh looks and hybrid drivetrain, but F1, which was launched more than decades ago gets nearly as much attention nowadays. Introduced in 1992 as the most innovative supercar of its time, the F1 went racing in 1995 and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its maiden season. In November 1996, McLaren rolled out an upgraded GTR “Longtail” model, which wasn’t as successful as the original GTR on the race track but it’s considered one of the most exotic McLarens ever built. With the “Longtail” exactly 20 years old as of November 2016, McLaren celebrates by releasing a handful of high-res pictures of a Gulf-liveried example.

Developed for the 1997 racing season, the GTR “Longtail” featured a much longer nose and rear section, wider fenders and a bigger rear wing. A complete redesign rather than just an update, the “Longtail” boasted improved aerodynamic downforce in order to compete with prototypes such as the Porsche 911 GT1 and Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR. Unlike the exterior, the interior carried over from the standard GTR, but McLaren added a new steering wheel, gear shifter, and center stack.

More changes were operated under the hood, where a stroke reduction brought the BMW-sourced 6.1-liter V-12 down to 6.0 liters in an attempt to prolong its life and improve reliability. The gearbox was also replaced with a new X-trac six-speed sequential transmission with quicker shifts. FIA-spec cars were still limited to the 600-horsepower output imposed by the air restrictor, but cars entered in other series had their engines tweaked to generate as much as 900 horses. For a race car that tipped the scales at only 2,018 pounds, it was downright amazing.

But, despite its redesigned aerodynamics, the F1 GTR “Longtail” was unable to compete with the new Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, which won the FIA GT championship with a comfortable lead. The McLaren teams finished second and third in the standings in what became the F1’s final official season in GT racing. At the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, the GTR finished second and third, behind the seemingly unbeatable TWR Porsche WSC-95, but ahead of the 911 GT1 and several LMP cars. An impressive performance given the circumstances; one that McLaren takes great pride in given that the anniversary photo shoot was made with the Gulf-liveried, No. 41 “Longtail” that finished second at Le Mans in the hands of Jean-Marc Gounon, Pierre-Henri Raphanel and Anders Olofsson.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 LM

The McLaren F1 was launched in 1992 and revolutionized the supercar industry more than any other vehicle since the automobile was invented. It was not only the first production car to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, but also the first to bring high-tech and expensive materials such as titanium, magnesium, Kevlar, and gold under the same roof. It also had an impressive drag coefficient of only 0.32, a smart interior made of lightweight materials, luggage compartments implemented in each rear fender, and a three-seat configuration with the driver placed in the middle, just like in a Formula One car.

Developed and built by Gordon Murray, arguably the best designed since Colin Chapman, the F1 also spawned a successful race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans at its first attempt, as well as a number of limited-edition models that went on to become some of the rarest and most expensive cars launched in 1990s. One of them is the F1 LM, a supercar McLaren built to celebrate its Le Mans victory in 1995. The LM was limited to only five example, the exact number of F1 GTRs that finished the race.

Arguably the quickest and most powerful road car at the time of its introduction, the LM went on to become the most expensive road-going McLaren and a highly sought-after collectible. Find out what makes it special in our full review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren F1 LM.


PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR Onboard At Laguna Seca: Video

Lanzante, the company that converted the track-only P1 GTR into the road-legal, but still extreme P1 LM, has announced plans to attempt a new Nurburgring lap record later this year. It wouldn’t be surprising for Lanzante to achieve its goal, but until McLaren has the opportunity to brag about a new record, we’ll just have a look at its previous record setting machine thanks to a video from the 2016 Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca.

The footage, which surfaced the Interwebz courtesy of YouTube’s “The Race Channel,” shows a visor cam of Bill Auberlen driving a 1996 McLaren F1 GTR on one of America’s most legendary race tracks. The car in question is none other than the first-generation F1 GTR, which unlike the P1 GTR, saw some serious track action and won several races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995.

Essentially a slightly beefed-up version of the road car, the F1 GTR used the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine developed by BMW, and as you can see in the video, it gives the car an amazing exhaust note that only large-displacement, naturally aspirated powerplants can offer. Not just noisy, the F1 GTR is also incredibly fast, and laps the Laguna Seca while zooming past other race cars present at the classic car event.

Making the video that much more entertaining is the fact that Auberlen pushes the F1 GTR to the limit, racing it like it’s the mid-1990s and the race car just came from the factory. Hit play and enjoy!


PostHeaderIcon McLaren Boss Shoots Down Hyper GT Rumor

Just last week we brought you news a rumor that McLaren was building a limited-edition model that wouldn’t be a successor to the iconic McLaren F1, but a modern interpretation of it. When the story went live on Autocar, the outlet released a number of renderings of what the car might look like. The rumor itself sounded quite promising and spawned a lot of public interest. That said, it should be no surprise that when the chance arose, journalists went straight to McLaren to get the scoop.

According to Car and Driver, McLaren Boss Mike Flewitt was asked all about it at the company’s recent financial results meeting. He offered up news on the rumor, but it was – unfortunately – not the news we were looking to hear. When asked about the Hyper GT, Flewitt’s reply was, “You get asked all the time. I regularly get asked for three seats and a V-12 and a manual gearbox. I just don’t think there’s a real business case to do one of those.” He continued, “I haven’t got six VIN numbers in my bottom drawer that we forgot to use, either. People often hark back to things that they’ve loved, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do now.”

He did express a little bit of humor over Autocar’s renderings, however, apparently suggesting in a joking way that he would replace McLaren’s design team with Autocar’s artists. While that is great for a good laugh, it’s still quite the letdown that we won’t be seeing a three-seater McLaren any time soon. Of course, we can still hold onto hope but, when it comes to seeing a modern F1 by 2018, I wouldn’t suggest holding your breath.


PostHeaderIcon McLaren Is Reportedly Bringing Back This Iconic Model To Serve As Inspiration For Its Next Supercar

The P1 may still be regarded as the crown jewel of McLaren’s current model lineup, but an all-new, limited-edition supercar could take its place alongside the P1 hypercar as there are reports that the British automaker is in the development stages of building a modern iteration of the brand’s iconic F1 supercar. The model, referred to within McLaren as the “Hyper GT,” will take plenty of styling cues from the F1, most notably the legendary supercar’s three-seat layout, dihedral doors, and the roof snorkel.

To be clear, the proposed model isn’t technically going to be a successor to the F1. It may be in spirit, but this model is being prepared as it’s own model, one that will put a premium on comfort and luxury, or like what a true GT should be. The car is also reportedly getting a bespoke version of McLaren’s carbon fiber monocage, the same component that was first developed for the P1.

McLaren’s goal, it seems, is to use this model as a showcase for McLaren Special Operations, the personalized arm of the company that’s become known in supercar circles for its outstanding iterations of the automaker’s current model lineup to go with special one-offs like the McLaren X1.

There’s no word on the exact output of the Hyper GT, although it is believed that it will eventually possess a tuned version of the automaker’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with no electrical motors. That setup will be good for at least 700 horsepower, making it slightly more powerful than the McLaren 675LT. Top speed has been pegged at over 200 mph on account of having a better power-to-weight ratio than the McLaren 650S.

It’s not known if McLaren plans to name the Hyper GT in the vein of the F1, but given the influence of the iconic supercar on this model, don’t be surprised if the name doesn’t fall too far from the F1’s tree.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon McLaren Is Selling What Could Be The Best F1 Ever Built

McLaren F1s with under 3,000 miles on their odometer are hard to come by these days. Actually, “impossible” might be a better word to describe it. But, if there’s anything the world has taught us, it’s to never lose hope on the impossible because you never know what you might stumble into. And just as I say that, a close-to-brand-new McLaren F1 is now up for sale and this one comes from the most reliable of sellers: McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division.

According to McLaren, the F1 in question wears chassis number 69 and is the 60th of the 64 F1 models to be hand-built in McLaren’s production facility in Woking, England. It’s also one of the last six F1s to be produced, so that in itself tells you the condition of this iconic supercar relative to its brethren. Even better, every detail about the car is about as good as it gets for the F1 given its age. It comes with a Carbon Black finish, perfectly underscoring the mythical aura it has established throughout the years. The 17-inch magnesium wheels also have a similar finish. Inside, the central driving seat – yep, it has the 1+2 seating configuration – is dressed in fine black leather with a striking red leather serving as a nice contrast. As for the dual passenger seats, I hardly think you can go wrong with those two getting upholstered in Alcantara.

Let’s not forget about the engine because that BMW-sourced, 6.1-liter, naturally aspirated, V-12 is one of the biggest reasons, maybe even the biggest, why the F1 has become such the definition of iconic brand. The V-12 was good enough to pump out 672 horsepower, a number that seems so normal today, but back in the mid 90’s, it was a much different story. Consider this too: the F1 had a top speed of 242 mph, a figure that would still qualify it as one of the fastest production cars today. It also still holds the title of being the fastest naturally aspirated production car. Think about that. No one in the last two decades has ever come close to toppling that record.

As you might expect, McLaren, which crafted a press release to announce the car’s sale, did not disclose the price of this F1. Anybody who is interested needs to inquire about the car directly to specialoperations@mclaren.com.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR 'Longtail' On-board With Kenny Bräck At Goodwood: Video

Being a McLaren driver comes with its share of perks and responsibilities. The latter is without question the more important part of the job since you’re tasked with driving McLaren cars to their absolute limit and report whatever findings you have back to the company. It’s a painstaking job that comes with its share of pressure-filled moments, so understandably, not everyone is qualified for the position. But, once a driver does land this gig, there are some perks that come with it.

1999 Indy 500 winner and X Games champion Kenny Brack, the newest member of McLaren’s test and development team, found that out in spectacular style when he was given a chance to drive a McLaren F1 GTR Longtail Prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This isn’t just an average drive around the Goodwood circuit. As the video shows, Brack was going full blast around the track, presumably trying to set a hot lap.

Check out the video and watch how Brack seems to be in a constant wrestling match with the F1 GTR Longtail Prototype’s steering wheel as he blasts through the Goodwood course. That goes to show how difficult it is to drive the iconic race car and the amount of concentration it takes to navigate around the Goodwood course without losing control of the car. It takes a special kind of driver to be able to put all those together and squeeze every ounce of performance out of the F1 GTR Longtail.

Brack appears to be up-to-the-task, which is probably why McLaren brought him in to be a part of its test and development team in the first place.


PostHeaderIcon Gallery: McLaren F1 GTR, Porsche 918 and Some Other Stuff!

McLaren P1 GTR-Porsche 918-0

Famous photographer GFWilliams has released a few shots from his “day out” with a few super cars in London this past weekend. He and his friends hit the streets of capital city with a McLaren F1 GTR, a Martini Porsche 918, and some other cool cars that you can see in the gallery after the jump.

As for which one of these bad boys is the coolest, well, it’s a tough call. Sure, the McLaren F1 GTR is the most expensive, and the Porsche 918 currently the most desirable. Likewise, the Brabus G63 6×6 AMG is so much fun, it should be illegal, and all those little Ferraris and stuff aren’t that off the mark, either. But then somebody might just look at the Ariel Nomad and just forget about the others. Us, well, we take that lovely Lancia Delta Integrale, thanks you very much!

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Photos by GFWilliams

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