• Why The McLaren F1 Is The Greatest Car Ever Made

The answer is as complex as the supercar itself

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You would think that the nameplate that wore the crown of the fastest production car on the face of the Earth does not need further introduction. In reality, the F1, a legend of the car industry and a design/engineering masterpiece, has so many cool features that it is impossible not to take them into account.

Why The McLaren F1 Is The Greatest Car Ever Made
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Thanks to a 618-horsepower, 6.1-liter V-12 engine sourced from BMW, the F1 could do 60 mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds… in 1994. For better context, the all-wheel-drive Porsche 959, the previous top speed record holder, needed 3.6 seconds. The quarter-mile? Ticked in 11.1 seconds at 138 mph.

1993 McLaren F1 specifications
Engine 6.1-liter V-12
Horsepower 618 HP
Torque 479 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 240 mph
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The F1’s drag coefficient was just 0.32 and curb weight did not surpass 2,579 pounds. And as Car and Driver once wrote, if you trash the car fuel efficiency drops from 19.3 mpg on the highway to just 9 mpg.

Then comes the central driving position, carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the use of aluminum and magnesium for the suspension setup, the dihedral doors, the six-speed manual with a carbon triple-plate clutch, and of course, Andy Wallace’s record run at Ehra-Lessien back in March 1998, when the F1 reached a peak speed of 391 kph (243 mph).

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Regardless of how you look at it, the F1 remains one of the greatest cars ever made. This video argues it is actually THE greatest car ever made and we simply cannot disagree with that statement.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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