The P1 may be McLaren’s fastest and most advanced supercar to date, but the hybrid marvel has yet to reach the iconic status of the F1, the company’s first-ever production car. Sure, the P1 is more powerful and a lot quicker than its ancestor, but the F1 is nothing to sneeze at for a supercar that was designed in the early 1990s. Its BMW-sourced mill delivered 627 horsepower and it needed just 3.2 seconds to charge from 0 to 60 mph. More importantly, it came with a top speed of 240 mph, a figure not even the P1 or the Ferrari LaFerrari can reach more than two decades later.
You can say what you like about the F1, but it’s still one of the fastest supercars ever built. And unlike other modern-day supercars, it managed to prove itself on the track by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995. How many Bugatti Veyrons, Koenigsegg CCXs or LaFerraris have you seen take part in an endurance race? Don’t bother Googling it, the answer is none! Rather than do what Bugatti did and develop a vehicle that’s just fast in a straight line and awfully expensive, McLaren used its extensive motorsport know-how to build a race car that could shatter records outside the track. If that’s not amazing, I don’t know what is.
Anyways, the main reason I’ve been blabbering about the McLaren F1 for the past two paragraphs is because we just stumbled across a new video showing Britain’s prized supercar being driven somewhere in Europe. The interesting thing about this 10-minute video is that it’s about more than just engine noise and high-speed hooning. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of hammer dropping, but the footage also shows that the F1 can be driven on narrow British roads, over speed bumps and under normal traffic conditions. It’s something you don’t get to see everyday, and although the video is a bit shaky, it deserves 10 minutes of your time.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren F1.
Built between 1992 and 1998 as McLaren’s first-ever production car, the F1 was fitted with a 6.1-liter, V-12 engine developed by BMW’s M division. The mill cranked out 627 horsepower and enabled the supercar to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 3.2 seconds. Top speed stood at a mind-boggling 240 mph.
The McLaren F1 became the world’s fastest production car and kept that title to itself for many years until the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 set a new record in 2005. However, the F1 is still the world’s quickest vehicle powered by a naturally aspirated engine.
Besides the regular F1, McLaren built seven LM and GT models, seven prototypes, and 28 race-spec F1 GTR versions. The latter went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995.