One-of-a-Kind McLaren F1 "Project 8" Crashes During a Parade with Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson’s name is tied to yet another car crash with a McLaren F1. This time, though, he wasn’t the one who crashed the supercar, but was actually one of the first to help the guy who did. Atkinson was driving his F1 in a convoy of fellow F1 owners driving along Tuscany when a man identified as a rich American businessman lost control of his F1 and crashed it into a tree before flipping over.
Knowing a thing or two about crashing the F1, Mr. Bean sprung into action, helping out the injured driver as medical personnel headed to the scene. Bystanders spotted the British actor picking up pieces of wreckage from the McLaren, all while presumably having flashbacks to his own crash three years ago.
Fortunately, the driver didn’t sustain any serious injuries and is reportedly in good condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Pisa. The same, though, can’t be said for the F1, which looks like a mangled heap that’ll probably give insurance companies nightmares for a long time. Hopefully the rig survives to live another day, as McLaren built only 64 road-ready F1 units.
For the record, this F1 is chassis No. 72. This particular red-and-white paint scheme is actually part of a pair of bespoke McLarens, as there is a matching McLaren 12C out there too. McLaren dubbed this matching pair "Project 8."
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Why It Matters
Rowan Atkinson is no stranger to crashed McLaren F1s, having infamously crashed his own back in 2011. Repairing the damage set the Actor back £910,000 ($1,521,975 as of 5/29/2014), which was a record repair bill in the UK at the time. So while we sincerely hope that the driver of this particular F1 is safe and healthy, we can’t help but feel amused at how Atkinson seems to be always around whenever a McLaren F1 crashes. Maybe the two are just that intertwined.
When it was first launched in the early 90’s, the McLaren F1 immediately assumed the title of fastest production car in the world. At some point, people even started making the case that the McLaren F1 has become the godfather of the modern-day supercar. To this day, there aren’t a lot of exotics that can claim this title from the F1, further cementing its place as one of the most iconic cars in history.
Back then, the McLaren F1 was capable of some mind-blowing performance capabilities. It featured a 6.1-liter, V-12 engine that produced a staggering 627 horsepower, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 6.3 seconds. The car’s top speed reached 240 mph that, 20 years later, only a few exotics have been able to exceed.