The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed by Gordon Murray and Mclaren Automotive.
The F1 was manufactured between 1993 and 1998 and has a top speed of 240mph. In March, 1998, the F1 set the world speed record for production cars when it hit 386.7 km/h. It held this record until 2005, when the Bugatti Veyron took the title.
Notable auction sales
A 1994 McLaren F1 was bought for $1,705,000 at the 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction , also held by RM Auctions.
The McLaren F1 was at first simply an exercise—the creators wanted to put together the ultimate road car. However, the car soon became a reality, and today, 106 McLaren F1s are in existence: 64 standard versions and 42 variants, including a single LM prototype. McLaren first announced its plans to build a supercar in 1988 and development on the F1 began in 1990.
The McLaren F1 first appeared in May of 1991 in Monaco, but it did not feature indicators on the front, so it was not street legal. Because of this, McLaren had to make a few changes to the car so that it could be driven. However, the McLaren F1 eventually passed crash testing quite handily, proving it to be a very safe car.
In 1992, the completed F1 made its official debut at the 1992 Monaco F1 week, where they finally revealed what they had been doing. During this time, the targeted customer base were informed that only 100 models would be made and that it would be the fastest, most expensive car in the world.
Following its release, the F1 reached 0-100-0 in 11.4 seconds a set a record top speed of 240.14mph.
Design and construction
It is believed that the successful production of the F1 is due to McLaren’s Formula One expertise. Gordon Murray and his team designed 5000 individual pieces which were predominantly carbon fibre, magnesium and titanium to ensure that weights were minimal.
In true Formula One style, Murray used a central driver’s seat and provided an option to have seats on either side. The F1 was not fitted with any driving aids which meant it lacked traction control, ABS power brakes and power steering.
Murray contracted BMW Motorsports to design and build the engine. With its midships 48-valve, 6.1 litre V12 engine and under four pounds per horsepower, it is said that the F1 has the best power-to-weight ratio ever in a production car.
The McLaren Formula 1 team was the first team to use a carbon fibre chassis. Nine years later, the same techniques were used to create the carbon monocoque for the F1. The resulting structure weighed just 100Kg and the bare carbon fibre passenger doors weight just 7Kg each.
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