The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by Gordon Murray and McLaren Automotive. It is the most powerful supercar between the years 1994-1998. The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies. It features a powerful engine and is somewhat track oriented, but not to the degree that it compromises everyday usability and comfort.
The car has the power output at 627 horsepower, powered by an 6 L V12 engine built by BMW. On 31 March 1998, it set the record for the fastest production car in the world, 240 mph (391 km/h). As of April 2009, the F1 is surpassed by only three other production cars in sheer top speed, but is still the fastest naturally aspirated production car. The car has a top speed of 386 km/h or 240 mph (very good speed for 1994) and can reach a speed of 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.7 seconds and 300 km/h in 30 seconds. The McLaren F1 was the fastest car in the world until Bugatti Veyron was introduced.
In 1994, the British car magazine AutoCar stated in a road test regarding the F1, "The McLaren F1 is the finest driving machine yet built for the public road." and that "The F1 will be remembered as one of the great events in the history of the car, and it may possible by the fastest production road car the world will eversee".
Production began in 1992 and ended in 1998, In all, 106 cars were manfactured, with some variations in the design. When it was first introduced, it was priced at $970,000. This type of car is not produced anymore and it is very rate to find one of these on the market.
Specifications of the original car:
- Configuration: MidEngine / RWD
- Engine: V12
- Capacity: 6064 cc
- Torque: 479IB-ft at 4000 rpm
- Horsepower: 627 bhp at 7400 rpm
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Wheelbase: 107 inches
- Length: 168.9 inches
- Width: 71.7 inches
- Height: 44.9 inches
- Weight: 2513 Ibs
- 0-60 mph: -3.2 sec
- Top speed: 240 mph