Pure Formula One technology applied to a road car From August 16, 2017 — This year marks the 25th anniversary of the McLaren F1 Road Car. Quite possibly, the greatest performance car ever built. Gordon Murray recalls the vision behind the legendary car that put McLaren on the road. Video McLaren F1: 25 years on Sources McLaren Cars … [ Read more ]
Power and Engineering
"It is categorically the finest engine in production, some say the best ever."
— Steve Sutcliffe | Autocar
The McLaren F1 uses 235/45 ZR17 front tires and 315/45 ZR17 rear tires. These are specially designed and developed solely for the McLaren F1 by Goodyear and Michelin.
The tires are mounted on 17-by-9-inch front, and 17-by-11.5-inch rear five-spoke cast magnesium wheels, coated with a protective paint and secured by magnesium retention pins.
The F1 features unassisted, vented and cross-drilled brake discs made by Brembo. Front size is 13.1 in and at the rear 12.0 in. The calipers are all four-pot, opposed piston types, and are made of aluminum.
The rear brake calipers do not feature any handbrake functionality, however there is a mechanically actuated, fist-type caliper which is computer controlled and thus serves as a handbrake.
Design and Equipment
"The F1 elevates supercar design to a higher plane, making the fabulous Ferrari F40 appear crude and hopelessly impractical."
Unique among supercars, the McLaren F1 features a central driving position — the driver's seat is located in the middle, ahead of the fuel tank and ahead of the engine, with a passenger seat slightly behind and on each side. The doors on the vehicle move up and out when opened, and are thus of the butterfly type.
During its pre-production stage, McLaren commissioned Kenwood, the team's supplier of radio equipment, to create a lightweight car audio system for the car. Each car's audio system was especially designed to tailor to an individual's listening taste, however radio was omitted because Gordon Murray never listened to the radio.
Tailored, proprietary luggage bags specially designed to fit the vehicle's carpeted storage compartments, including a tailored golf bag, were standard equipment. Airbags are not present in the car. Each customer was given a special edition TAG Heuer 6000 Chronometer wristwatch with its serial number scripted below the centre stem.
Standard equipment on the stock McLaren F1 includes full cabin air conditioning, electric window lifts, remote central locking, four-lamp high performance headlight system, rear fog and reversing lights, courtesy lights in all compartments, map reading lights and a gold-plated Facom titanium tool kit and first aid kit (both stored in the car).
Motorsports and Competition
"No mere mortal could ever possibly understand how much raw energy the McLaren F1 GTR has at its disposal."
The Reluctant McLaren F1 GTR
Following its initial launch as a road car, motorsports teams convinced McLaren to build racing versions of the F1 to compete in international series. Three different versions of the race car, all designated F1 GTR, were developed from 1995 to 1997.
Many F1 GTRs, after the cars were no longer eligible in international racing series, were converted to street use. By adding mufflers, passenger seats, adjusting the suspension, and removing the air restrictors, the cars were able to be registered for road use.
News and Articles
McLaren F1 has resided in the same east coast collection for the past 22 years August 21, 2017 — A 1995 McLaren F1 has just brought a record amount at Bonhams' Quail Lodge auction in Monterey over the weekend, changing hands for a total of $15.62 million. The actual bid amount was $14.2 million, with the 10 percent buyer's premium pushing the … [ Read more ]
Rare Species Andrew Bagnall's McLaren F1 is one of only two in the world fitted with the extra high downforce package, featuring dramatic aerodynamic modifications, and a 680bhp LM-spec race engine. He's owned many exotic and amazing cars which have eventually been sold on, but this is one car Andrew Bagnall will never part with. The … [ Read more ]