McLaren F1 Cars

Dreaming of extreme supercars? Keen on one of the fastest production vehicles ever made? Look no further - the McLaren F1 cars not only turns heads with its exotic looks, but also redefines the meaning of power and performance.

Credit goes to the concept designer Gordon Murray for giving life to one of the fastest and most envied racing machines ever invented. Engineering and production of this car of many firsts was by McLaren Cars Ltd, which is British subsidiary of the McLaren Group. All McLaren F1 cars are made by Mercedes.

Featuring a 60 degree 6.1 litre BMW V12 engine, the McLaren F1 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds while smoothly managing a top speed of 240.14 mph. In addition, the engine produces 680 bph. Such a low weight, combined with such high power, equals the ultimate road car.

The car was designed as a 3 seater, with a centralised carbon fibre seat moulded to fit the driver, and included 2 luggage compartments mounted on the sides, together with active fan-assisted ground effect aerodynamics – creating an unusually practical supercar. Every McLaren F1 car buyer could also get a customized TAG-Heuer watch, which would have an engraving of their car's chassis number.

Although Bryce McLaren founded McLaren in 1963, production of the McLaren F1 started in 1994 and ended in 1998, with only a limited number of 100 cars manufactured – of these 64 were street versions, 5 were LM’s and the remainder were GTR models. The McLaren F1 was designed to race in Formula 1, 2 or even 3.

Various versions of the McLaren F1 evolved in the 4 years of production, as follows:

  • F1 GTR '95 – Private production for racing teams competing in the Global GT Endurance series.
  • F1 LM – Just 5 were produced (all papaya orange in colour) in celebration of the 1995 Le Mans win and the 5 GTR’s which successfully completed the 24hr race.
  • F1 GTR '96 – Modification of the ’95 model with bigger size yet lighter weight.
  • F1 GTR '97 (McLaren Longtail GTR) – Even lighter weight with longer body and an additional sequential transaxle.
  • F1 GT – the final version with a modification to body panels as well as a new design interior, produced in homologation of the '97 GTR for racing.

The price tag of around $1,000,000 for the F1 may be considered astronomical, but with such out-of-this-world performance there's literally no looking back.