With only 100 units built, seeing a McLaren F1 on the streets is quite a rarity. And if you throw in the amount it takes to own one, the chances of ever driving an F1 are even smaller than just seeing one. That being said, some guys over in Japan were lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the British supercar and take it for a little joyride. Just listen to to the sound of the engine as the music flows out of the exhaust! Turn up your volume and enjoy!
The McLaren F1 is powered by a 6.1 liter, quad-cam, 48-valve V12 power unit that produces no less than 627 HP and drives through a bespoke six-speed transaxle gearbox. In March 1998, the F1 laid waste to the then-world record for the fastest production car in the world when it topped out at a speed of 240.14mph.
How are your savings these days? By any chance, do you happen to have an extra $3,175,000 in your bank account? If you do and you want to own a piece of history, then this is the right news for you.
A 1995 McLaren F1 with only 300 miles on the odometer is now available for sale in Malibu, California by Gemballa North America. Okay, the mere fact that it’s a McLaren F1 makes the price tag a little justified, but what makes this car better than all other F1s in the world? It’s the first production McLaren F1 - ever.
It is powered by a 6.1 liter, quad-cam, 48-valve V12 power unit that produces no less than 627 HP and drives through a bespoke six-speed transaxle gearbox. In March 1998, the F1 laid waste to the then world record for the fastest production car in the world when it topped out at a speed of 240.14mph. The record stool unbroken for the next seven years where it was finally broken in March 2005 by the Koenigsegg CCR and then the Bugatti Veyron a few moths later.
We love talking about cars. It’s not only our job, but our passion as well. Unfortunately, every once in awhile - actually much more often than we feel we should - we have to discuss certain incidences that cause us to file the vehicle under "car obituaries". Usually it’s a Ferrari, maybe a new Lamborghini, but when it’s a super-rare McLaren F1, its hard to even look at the picture, let alone write about it.
According to the police reports, the said McLaren F1 was sailing at high speeds down the tarmac of the German Autobahn when it swerved to avoid hitting a car. In doing so, the F1 successfully struck two other cars. Now we don’t know if it’s just us, but based on the damage to the car, either the F1 is a tank or the car was not going warp speed. Nevertheless, the estimated repair costs come in at a cool 80,000 pounds, which translates to a $130,000 hole in your pocket. That’s enough to cover an intact Ferrari 360, maybe even a couple BMWs.
Of course, to own a McLaren F1 basically means that your bank account isn’t scarce by any means and repairing the supercar probably won’t translate into a monetary dilemma for the owner, but that doesn’t change the fact that this incident is simply tear-producing news.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be getting an impressive lineup of vehicles as part of the Pebble Beach Auctions on August 15, 2010. Gooding & Company, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’s official auction house, will have a 1947 Italian Championship-winning 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza and a California-registered 1995 McLaren F1 on hand to auction off at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center at 6pm that evening. Additional vehicles set to be auctioned include a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, 1927 Mercedes-Benz S Boattail Speedster, 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod, and a 1956 Maserati 200SI. If those aren’t enough then there is also a Gil Nickel’s 1951 Ferrari 340 America Spider, the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, and the barn discovery 1933 Duesenberg SJ LWB Convertible.
The 1995 McLaren F1 being auctioned was originally sold to Larry Ellison who is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle. The McLaren is finished in Magnesium Silver, features a black interior, and is in the original factory-delivered form. It is one of the few McLaren supercars that is registered, titled, and certified for use in California. Gooding & Company thinks it can get between $2.5 - $3.5 Million for this supercar, so if you’re interested, be sure to come packing some serious cash.
McLaren’s 2012 MP4-12C is also set to make its North American launch at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Friday, August 13, 2010 at a private Gooding & Company event with the public viewing taking place on Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th.
After the MP4-12C, McLaren has another goodie to reveal: a successor for the legendary F1 supercar. This successor is ramping up for e debut in 2012. According to an AutoCar source, the future F1 will be a "revolutionary hypercar and one which will be instantly recognizable as such."
The new F1 will be a mid-engined model that will be built on a similar carbon fiber monocoque as the MP4-12C. Even if McLaren has adopted this radical design, the future car will still be recognized as a McLaren F1. And it will also come with the same central driving seat as its predecessor.
With the next F1, McLaren will focus on finding a weight saving solution, but will also focus on an engine that will offer both outstanding performance and improved fuel economy. We expect the new F1 to break the new world speed record set by the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 164 Super Sport, but only time will tell.
This will be the third model in McLaren’s line-up, and unlike its predecessor, it will be sold as a regular series model.
We don’t know if any of you have $3 million rolled up in your pockets - we don’t, in case you were wondering about our finances - but in the event that you do, here’s something that you would find good use for in all that moolah.
We just found out that one of the first - and therefore, more famous than most of its brethren - McLaren F1 GTRs is now being auctioned for, you guessed it, € 2 – 2.5 million, or somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million.
This particular vehicle is historical for being labeled as ’Chassis #5’ and was originally purchased by one French racer Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiére. Jean-Luc used it during the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1994 and a year later, commissioned world-famous French sculptor and painter César to turn the F1 GTR into Maury-Laribiére’s very own supercar art car.
Now, it looks like Mr. French racer is ready to part with his baby and has turned to Artcurial Motors to help him auction off his multi-million dollar car at the Le Mans Classic event on July 9.
So there you have it. Interested? If you are, then you better be ready to put a dent in your bank account.
Though it’s not as old as some of its supercar contemporaries, McLaren Automotive has, in its existence, established quite a glowing reputation for being one of the most desirable, most popular, and most expensive cars on the planet.
That being said, not many people know that McLaren’s pride and joy - the F1 - is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Yep, the very same car that was described two decades ago as the "the finest sports car the world had ever seen" is celebrating the big ’2-0’.
Apart from being one of the fastest production cars in the world, the McLaren F1 also dominated the auto racing world, running away with the 1995 GT1 championship, as well as finishing first, third, fourth, fifth, and thirteenth at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
And for its 20th birthday, McLaren threw quite a lavish party for the F1, inviting owners of the supercar to a dinner at the McLaren headquarters in Woking, England, where the owners were given a chance to rub elbows with other F1 owners and share their own fond memories of sitting behind the wheel of one of the world’s most popular supercars and, predictably, being the center of attention wherever they went.
You don’t need to remind us how rare and exotic a McLaren F1 is. As a matter of fact, the moment you see one, you kind of feel like you’ve won the lottery. Of course, you didn’t really win any money so the sense of euphoria quickly goes away the moment the F1 zooms past you.
Now, imagine the looks on the faces of these people who were able to see the sight of, not just one McLaren F1, but 21 of them all in the same place at the same time live and up close. Yeah, 21 units of one of the world’s rarest four-wheeled machines together at the same place, at the same time.
It’s not as good as actually owning one, but for car enthusiasts that can’t afford one - that’s us - it’s about as close as it gets to an otherworldly experience.
For over ten years, no car on the planet could match the McLaren F1 in terms of sheer speed. And the ironic thing is, unlike its successors to the title of fastest road production car in the world – the Bugatti Veyron and the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, among others – the McLaren F1 was never built entirely for that reason.
As a matter of fact, according to designer Gordon Murray, McLaren created the F1 for the sole purpose of becoming the ‘ultimate’ road car. But in the process of building the F1, McLaren found themselves building something that was more than just the ultimate road car, but also the fastest one out on the streets.
And as is the case with timeless videos, we have a video of the McLaren F1 from March 31, 1998, the exact date when the F1 set the speed record, which it owned, for more than ten years.
Spare a few minutes of your time and watch history unfold before your eyes.
You may be familiar with the quirky English comedian Rowan Atkinson from his hilarious Mr. Bean sketches, but what you may not know is that the silent comic is also a fanatic of high performance vehicles and even has a McLaren F1 super car of his own that he takes out whenever he wants the Formula One experience without having to worry about getting wet. However as good as Gordon Murray’s three passenger 12 cylinder design once was, there is now a new halo car in the sports car market, the 1001 HP Bugatti Veyron, and what better way to get familiar with the French exotic then spending a day at the Silverstone Circuit for a parallel comparison at speed on the track.