It’s been nearly five decades since the Lamborghini Miura started the mid-engined supercar craze, and this exclusive automotive niche has evolved beyond the wildest dreams. All motors have been replaced by turbocharged engines, standard transmissions gave way to Formula One-based units, and aerodynamics reached a point where very few improvements can still be made.
More recently, carmakers turned to electrification to improve performance and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Technology continues to set new standards with each year, while luxury features have become mandatory for success. In all, there’s a huge gap between the 1966 Lamborghini Miura and the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, one that was hard to predict a few decades ago.
My goal here is not to list everything that changed, but, just to make a point, it’s important to stress that top speed alone has increased dramatically. While supercars barely made it past 170 mph in the late 1960s, blasting past 200 mph has become the norm today. Some supercars, such as the Bugatti Veyron, have set world records beyond 240 mph.
But how important are these numbers beyond statistics? It really depends on what tickles your fancy. To some, the Bugatti Veyron is the ultimate supercar due to its incredible top speed, luxurious interior and the endless customization options offered for it. Others turn to the LaFerrari to get their supercar fix, simply because all that speed comes with a spaceship-like design and a Prancing Horse on the nose.
I, on the other hand, like my supercars old-fashioned. And by that I mean I need them to be more that just a statement of speed and luxury. Originally, supercars were meant to fulfill the dream of being able to drive a race car on the street. Or, better said, to be able to drive it to the track, change a few settings, and fight for glory.
In an era when only enthusiasts such as Jim Glickenhaus build supercars that can do just that, it’s safe to say those days are long gone. However, some supercars from the past are still here to entertain gearheads like me. The McLaren F1 is one of them, the kind of supercar I would prefer to any modern hypercar.
Why? Glad you asked! Keep reading to find out what makes the McLaren F1 the world’s coolest supercar more than two decades since its official introduction.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren F1.