McLaren F1

McLaren F1

Gordon Murray is an iconic designer in the auto industry because of his previous work with the equally legendary McLaren F1 . As a man that has long built a reputation as one of the best designers in the industry, Murray’s latest project involves the design of a car that’s arguably more famous than even the McLaren F1: the Batmobile.

Featuring aerodynamics that were inspired by Formula One, the two-seater Batmobile was designed and built for a different purpose than what we’d hope. No, we’re not going to see this car patrol our cities from criminals, nor are we going to see it on the silver screen anytime soon. Instead, this particular Batmobile will grace the stage in the Broadway musical, BATMAN Live.

In addition to the F1-sourced aerodynamic built, this Batmobile also comes with an eco-friendly hydrogen fuel cell powertrain and, in true Caped Crusader fashion, it also has plenty of gadgets and gizmos that would make Adam West proud. Murray made all the sketches and design details of the car, but was not responsible for the actual build of the Batmobile. That task was left to a London-based independent fabrication shop.

While we were surprised to find out Gordon Murray’s involvement in such a project, we’d be the last people to ever question the master’s work, especially if it involves the Dark Knight’s ride.

UPDATE 07/25/11: We don’t know if this is a foreboding of things to come, but Gordon Murray’s assault-on-the-senses, eco-friendly Batmobile crashed before the opening of the Batman Live World Arena Tour in the UK last week. No word on how the whole accident happened, but it’s definitely not the kind of start the organizers of the five-year traveling event wanted to have. Fortunately, a replacement car was immediately flown in and arrived just before the event kicks off tomorrow.

Check out the Batmobile’s official unveiling in London after the jump.

The new McLaren MP4-12C is quite a slice of heaven if you’re into supercars. Only a handful of other supercars can stake claim to being as capable – if not more – than the MP4-12C so judging by that factor alone, there’s a piece of this McLaren machine that every gear head in the right frame of mind would want to have a piece of.

But seeing as McLaren is a brand that doesn’t produce new models every year, the bigger and far more intriguing question is how their new bad boy stacks up against its bigger brother, the F1 . Or in this particular case, how it can hold up against the racecar version of its predecessor, the F1 GTR . Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar went to the only place where you can pit the two rockets on wheels head-to-head with one another: the race track.

On sheer stats alone, the F1-GTR already has the leg-up over the MP4-12C not because both have an output of somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 horsepower, but because the former, as a pure and unadulterated race car, is about 1,000 lbs lighter than the latter.

At the end of the test, it was pretty evident that despite all the new technologies that come with the MP4-12C, it’s heavier frame still played a pivotal role in the competition – albeit barely – failing to edge the F1 GTR in a good ol’ fashioned sprint to the finish line.

Nevertheless, the MP4-12C is still one of those rare supercars that any man would be lucky to own, regardless of how it stacks up against a race version of its older brother.

Source: Autocar

There’s something to be said about owning a car that only a select few in the world have too. Call it bragging rights or what-have-you, but having a rare piece of gem like a McLaren F1 GTR tucked in your garage automatically gives you cool points for life.

That’s why if you have around $4 million, we suggest that you take the money, don’t tell the wife, and spend it on one of the most exclusive cars on the planet. This particular model is the last McLaren F1 GTR ever produced, making it quite a historic car on top of its exclusivity. It’s got some racing pedigree, too, having been raced in a number of series from 1995 to 1997, including the maiden season of the FIA GT Championship.

In terms of what you’re getting for what’s under it’s hood, this particular F1 GTR has a destroked 6.0-liter version of the F1’s V12 engine, capable of producing 600 horsepower with a top speed of 240 mph and a 0-60 mph time of just three seconds.

If that doesn’t get you more excited to part ways with your $4 million, we don’t know what will.

Source: Jameslist

We’ve seen a lot of awesome cars being sold through Jameslist, so it really doesn’t surprise us to see a 1997 McLaren F1 that’s been put up for sale on the site.

There are very few cars in this planet that have had a lasting stay on our wishlists, but the McLaren F1 is certainly one of them. Sure, the chances of us actually owning one are remote at best, but that doesn’t mean one of you can’t fork up the money to buy it.

This particular McLaren F1 only has 6,711 miles on its odometer and it comes with all the original niceties, including a full tool kit in the rolling box, the McLaren Luggage collection, and even the McLaren watch that comes with the car’s very own Chassis Number, an important piece in the whole package to authenticate the supercar as the real deal. What’s more, all the necessary taxes have already been paid for – import and VAT – so you won’t need to worry about forking over that extra money to make the purchase.

The price of the car is available upon request so if you’re interested, you might want to hit these guys up.

Source: Jameslist

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.

Source: Jameslist
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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 saidMcLaren 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.

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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 thePebble 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 thenew 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.

Source: Autocar

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 GTR s 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.

Source: Autoblog

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