For many automotive enthusiasts, the McLaren F1 from the 90s was not only a car, it was a myth, a vision of the future, or even the Holy Kraal of Supercars. Because, before the MacLaren F1 came on the market in 1992, there was nothing comparable. Three seats – the driver sits in the middle – was a sensation and is still strange today. The engine compartment with the BMW manufactured V12 motor is covered with gold-plated heat shields , to derive the heat better. The top speed is just over 400 km/h. This top speed for a road worthy cars was only beaten by the Bugatti Veyron in 2005. Way back the supercar was prized with one million dollar. And today? Approximately $20 million.
Bruce McLaren wanted to construct a road worthy sports car with race technology. The plans were dropped however, after Bruce McLaren was killed during a test run in the 1970s. Eighteen years later Gordon Murray, technical director of McLaren, took these plans back on and worked on a supercar, no one had ever seen before.
The original design of the McLaren F1 was penned by Gordon Murray. The final design was later designed by Peter Stevens. The F1 had several technical innovations. The driver’s seat was set in the middle of the vehicle and slightly forward. This offers the driver the optimum overview. The body is perfectly worked out in terms of aerodynamics and even more advanced as on some modern supercar.
It was the first super sports car with a monocoque body that was made entirely of carbon fibre. This made him extremely stable and just as light. Murray renounced turbocharger, airbags, power steering and anti blocking system, because it would have meant unnecessary weight. And still he manages a sports car that left all other super sports car in his time far behind. 1998, until then the Jaguar XJ220 as the fastest production car in the world, the McLaren F1 could fetch this title for himselves.
A BMW S70 / 2 6.1 liter V12 engine with 627 BHP is mounted in the middle of the McLaren F1. The consumption is on average approximately 15 liters. In each vehicle, about 16 grams of gold were used for the gold-plated heat shields in the engine compartment. The force is transferred to the wheels by a six speed gearbox.
Between 1992 and 1998, a total of 106 units of the McLaren F1 were built, partly with a wide range of bodies.