McLaren F1

McLaren F1

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.

Press Release after the jump

Source: McLaren

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.

Source: Cars UK

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.

One of the most fabled and most sought-after supercars in the history of supercars is about to have its first offspring.

For the past 13 years, the McLaren F1 has captivated car enthusiasts the world over as one of the fastest and most acclaimed production cars in history. And now that the company has – for the very first time – decided to introduce new models in the coming years, fans of the fabled super car are waiting with baited breath for the day when the new McLarens will be unveiled.

While the cars have yet to be revealed let, alone be named, rumors have been spread that three new models are expected to be rolled out of Woking, England. One of the said models happens to be an entry-level sports car (at least for McLaren standards) that is expected to fetch a price tag of $100,000 while another model rumored to be in production is a V8 sports car that will most likely go head-to-head –to-head with the Ferrari F430s and the Lamborghini Gallardos of the world.

The last of the three models is McLaren’s new crown jewel – the direct successor of the McLaren F1.

Continued after the jump.

Source: Gulf News

The Top Gear crew was spotted a while back in Abu Dabhi. At the time we were speculating as to what they were doing, but now we know.

In a piece of film that gave us goose bumps, Richard Hammond makes history by challenging the Stig to a standing mile drag race in two iconic super cars. The McLaren F1 was the car of the 1990s, offering the purest driving feel possible in a road car while the Bugatti Veyron is Ferdinand Piech’s technological 21st century no compromises super car. The results will make you think about the benefits of an instantaneously responsive naturally aspirated power plant compared to the lag of a turbo and the top end created by excessive amounts of boost.

Things get interesting at around 330 kilometers per hour. Check it out.

An extremely rare racecar is being put up for sale in Japan. This McLaren F1 GTR , which just so happens to be the last one built by the super car manufacturer. The McLaren F1’s production run only ran for 100 units, 28 of which were built for private customers to compete in FIA GT and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That would be impressive, except that chassis number 28R is one of only 10 long tail endurance racers. The extreme bodywork allowed the F1 to be stable at over 200 MPH while flying down the Mulsanne Straight.

This particular long tail McLaren F1 belonged to the “Gulf Team Davidoff” team. The racecar features radical aerodynamic enhancements that included an extended nose and lengthened tail, as well as a wider rear wing for increased down force. For 1997, the F1 also received an enhanced version of the 600 HP BMW Motors W Motors port V12 engine and a sequential transmission as well as a weight reduction of 75 kg over the 1996 model. This resulted in a curb weight of just 915 kg or 2,017 pounds.

Maybe the guy whose McLaren burned to the ground can take some of his insurance settlement and make a play for this very unique racing spec super car.

Source: Carscoop

We were informed last week of the unfortunate demise of a McLaren F1 that inexplicably burst into flames on Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa, California after its driver reportedly took it out for a spin after leaving it in storage for the past six months.

The owner of the car, who spent a staggering $2 million, escaped without any physical injuries but it remains to be seen how he’s doing emotionally after such a traumatic experience.

Fortunately for him, his prized vehicle was insured for $3 million dollars – a cool million more than what he had to pay for it – so you could definitely say that he may not be all that upset about losing his car.

In addition to that, the burned down McLaren is now on its way to England, back to its factory where engineers will figure out if there’s anything salvageable with the supercar. For the sake of the owner, let’s just hope that the McLaren F1’s chassis remains intact.

Either way, it’s still a sickening feeling to see one of rarest cars in the world – only 100 has ever been made – meet its maker far too soon.

Source: autoblog

One unlucky Californian decided to expose his McLaren F1 to the elements and stretch the super car’s legs after sitting in storage for six months. As the owner was enjoying a cruise in his 6.0 Liter V12 BMW powered, carbon fiber bodied and F1 inspired speed bubble the driver was alerted by a fellow motorist that there was smoke coming from the McLaren’s engine bay. Within 10 minutes of pulling over to the side of the road, the entire $2 Million machine was engulfed in flames. It was a total loss. The McLaren F1’s creator, Gordon Murray, sent 106 of his babies out into the world; now there is one less.

McLaren F1 caught fire

Looking on the bright side, the F1 was insured for $3 Million. So just like when Eddie Murphy broke the Ming vase in Trading Places, the former McLaren owner has just turned a profit. But being a true car guy, he would probably rather have his baby back. However, I have to wonder if he left a rag in the engine bay when detailing the car half a year ago and just forgot to check before he went out for spin.

Source: Jalopnik

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