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The philosophy behind the F1 road car was simple - to be the finest drivers' car ever built, or ever likely to be built... This meant producing a car not only with outstanding performance but one versatile and usable as an everyday vehicle.

McLaren Cars was created in 1990 as a new British car company to be involved in leading edge car design using all of the experience and technology available to the McLaren Group. The company's debut vehicle, the McLaren F1, was produced in 1994 and became the fastest-ever production road car when it achieved a world-record speed of 240mph/386kph.

In 1999 McLaren Cars entered into an agreement with DaimlerChrysler to design, develop and manufacture the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren super sports car. The SLR is being manufactured at the McLaren Technology Centre and was launched at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 2003

Production of the McLaren F1 drew to a close in May 1998, with a total production of 100 cars, made up as follows:

  • F1 - 64
  • F1 LM - 5
  • F1 GT - 3
  • GTR 95 - 9
  • GTR 96 - 9
  • GTR 97 - 10

For the F1, it requires a few moments thought to come to terms with the fact that only 64 of these exquisite cars will ever exist. Their rarity is guaranteed, and consequently, their value is likely to increase with time.

Most of the existing owners intend to keep their cars for their lifetime - some even intend to pass them on to their own children. But ,just occasionally, an F1 becomes available through McLarens facilitation service, which helps to place existing F1's with new owners

Having secured an F1, the new owner would then expect McLaren to rebuild the car to his own specification. This would include a seat fitting to ensure that all the controls are perfectly positioned, plus any combination of repainting, retrimming and options that he requires.

Described as 'one of the greatest GT cars of all time' the McLaren F1 GTR dominated GT racing from 1995 to 1997. A total of 28 F1 GTR race cars were built:

  • 1995 F1 GTR - 9
  • 1996 F1 GTR - 9
  • 1997 F1 GTR - 10

The 1995 F1 GTR was designed and produced in just a few months in order to have cars ready for the new GT class. Only lightly modified from the F1 road car it confirmed the design integrity of the F1 by taking 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th places at the Le Mans 24 hour race at the first attempt, as well as the Global GT Championship.

For 1997, although power was pegged at around 600 bhp, radical weight saving and significant increases in downforce meant that the cars were up to five seconds a lap faster. Despite starting from the lightweight F1 road car, small weight reductions had been made in both 1995 and 1996. However for 1997, a massive 85kg weight reduction was achieved, for a final weight of 915kg. The huge increase in downforce was achieved by using the longer nose and tail section from the F1 GT road car together with a much larger and more efficient rear wing. In what was to be its final year in front line GT racing, the F1 GTR achieved second place in the European Championship. However, the reliability of the car was demonstrated yet again at Le Mans, where the F1 won the GT category and secured 2nd place overall. McLaren continue to provide full spare part and technical support world-wide for these cars through their Customer Care department



The McLaren F1 benefits from World Championship Formula One technology and experience and is the world's first production road car to feature an all carbon composite monocoque and body structure. This unique material combines the low weight necessary for performance with exceptional strength to exceed demanding industry safety requirements.


McLaren Automotive commissioned the BMW S70/2 engine, designed and built specifically for the F1. This 6.1 litre, quad-cam, 48-valve V12 power unit produces no less than 627 bhp and drives through a bespoke six-speed transaxle gearbox.


  • Central driving position
  • Ground-Plane Shear' suspension geometry
  • Intelligent brake cooling
  • Fan-assisted ground-effect aerodynamics

These and many more simply amplify the F1's purity as the ultimate "drivers' car".

Each McLaren F1, tailor-made to the owners' personal specification, featured as standard full air conditioning, a superb ultra lightweight CD stereo system and exclusive hand-made luggage in soft leather.

In March 1998, the F1 confirmed that it is the fastest production car in the world, achieving a record top speed of 240.14mph. This was a record it held until March 2005. This achievement was made all the more spectacular by the fact that the McLaren F1 was never conceived to achieve this record. It was merely a consequence of its unrivalled focus and supreme engineering as the ultimate drivers' car.


Production of the McLaren F1 drew to a close in May 1998, with a total production of 100 cars built, sold and delivered to customers. Of the 100 cars 64 were F1 road cars, five were F1 LM versions built to commemorate victory at Le Mans in 1995 and three were F1 GT road going versions of the long tail 1997 F1 GTR race car. The remaining 28 were F1 GTR race cars built for private customers competing in the FIA GT series and the 24 Heures du Mans. (64) F1, (05) F1-LM, (03) F1-GT, (09) GTR-95, (09) GTR-96, (10) GTR-97


  • Full cabin air conditioning
  • SeKurit electric defrost/ demist windscreen and side glass
  • Electric window lifts
  • Remote central locking
  • Kenwood CD stereo system
  • Cabin access release for opening panels
  • Tailored document case
  • Cabin stowage department
  • Four lamp high performance headlight system
  • Rear fog and reversing lights
  • Courtesy lights in all compartments
  • Map reading lights
  • Remote battery charging point
  • Facom titanium tool kit
  • External battery charger
  • McLaren F1 owner/drivers handbook


The McLaren F1 set three incredible speed records on its way to making automotive history as the finest road car every produced. On March 31, 1998, the McLaren F1 obliterated the production road car world speed record in XP5, achieving a new official top speed of 240.1mph/386.7kph at Germany's VW Ehra-Lessien proving ground. Incredibly this was a record the F1 held for 7 years, until March 2005. On December 16th 1998 the same McLaren F1, driven by Peter Taylor, an independent test and development engineer broke the high-speed circuit record at MIRA averaging 168mph round the 2.82 mile banked circuit with a maximum speed of 196.2mph. In March 1999 BBC's Top Gear, in conjunction with McLaren Automotive, set a new UK closed circuit record in aid of the Comic Relief charity. Driven by Tiff Needell XP5 once again sensationally set the fastest lap record of a British circuit averaging 195.3mph round the 2-mile banked circuit at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.



    Top Speed 386/240.1 km/h / mph
    0-60 3.2 s
    0-100 6.3 s
    0-150 12.8 s
    0-200 28 s
    1/4 mile 11.1 s
    @ 222 / 138  km/h / mph
    Standing km 19.6 s
    @ 285 / 177 km/h / mph


    Type Number S 70/2  
    Cylinder Arrangement V12
    Cylinder Angle 60 degrees
    Power Output 461 / 627 kW / PS @ 7500 rpm
    Max. Torque 651 / 480 Nm / lb.ft @ 5600 rpm
    Engine Capacity 6064 / 369.9 cc / in 3 Valves/Cylinder 4
    Bore 86.0 / 3.38 mm / inches
    Stroke 87.0 / 3.42 mm / inches
    Compression Ratio 11.0:1  
    Ignition system Transistorised system with twelve individual coils
    Induction system 12 single throttle valves, carbon composite airbox 
    Valvetrain Chain driven double overhead camshaft with continuosly variable inlet valve timing.
    Engine Block Cast aluminium 60 deg V12
    Cylinder heads 4 valves per cylinder cast aluminium alloy 
    Flywheel Aluminium
    Cam Carriers/Covers Cast magnesium
    Lubrication System Dry sump magnesium casting with scavenge pumps and one pressure pump
    Fuel 95-98 RON unleaded 
    Oil 5W40/10W60
    Cooling System Twin aluminium water radiators and oil/water heat exchanger. 
    Fuel system Flexible safety fuel cell with in-tank high pressure pump 
    Electrics 12V system with high capacity battery & 160 amp alternator;Chassis ECU, Engine ECU, DC/DC converter for heated glass
    Transmission Transverse unit with high speed bevel gears and spur final drive
     All synchro constant mesh 6 Speed
     Limited slip differential
     Fan assisted air / oil radiator - pumped lubrication system
    1st Gear Ratio 3.23/8.7 
    2nd Gear Ratio 2.19/12.7
    3rd Gear Ratio 1.71/16.7
    4th Gear Ratio 1.39/20.0
    5th Gear Ratio 1.16/24.0
    6th Gear Ratio 0.93/30.0
    Final Drive Ratio 2.37:1
    Clutch Triple plate Carbon/Carbon 
     200mm (7.87") diameter 
     Remote actuation (hydraulic) 
    Steering Unassisted rack and pinion 
     Two turns lock to lock 


    Front Suspension Double wishbones, Ground Plane shear Centre sub-frames, light alloy dampers/ co-axial coil springs, anti-roll bar
    Rear Suspension Double wishbones, inclined Axis Shear mounting system, light alloy dampers/ co-axial coil springs, toe-in / toe-out control links 
    Front Tyre 235/45 ZR 17 
    Front Wheel 9 x 17 inches
    Rear Tyre 315/45 ZR 17  
    Rear Wheel 11.5 x 17 inches
    Front Calliper Type 4 pot monobloc light alloy calliper 
    Rear Calliper Type 4 pot monobloc light alloy calliper
    Front Brake disc Type ventilated
    Rear Brake disc Type ventilated 
    Front Brake Disc diameter 332 / 13.07 mm / inches
    Rear Brake Disc diameter 305 / 12 mm / inches
    Front Brake Disc Thickness 32 / 1.26 mm / inches
    Rear Brake Disc Thickness 26 / 1.02 mm / inches
    Turns Lock-to-Lock 2
    Parking Brake Automatic computerised control system 
    Brake Cooling Automatic computerised control system 
    Turning Circle 13 / 42.7 m / ft


    Length 4287 / 168.78 mm / inches
    Width 1820 / 71.65 mm / inches
    Height 1140 / 44.88 mm / inches
    Wheelbase 2718 / 107.01 mm / inches
    Front Overhang 970 / 38.18 mm / inches
    Rear Overhang 599 / 23.58 mm / inches
    Front Track 1568 / 61.73 mm / inches
    Rear Track 1472 / 57.95 mm / inches
    Luggage Capacity - 2 occupants (VDA) 283 / 10 litres / cu ft.
    Luggage Capacity - 3 occupants (VDA) 227 / 8 litres / cu ft.
    Fuel Tank Capacity 90 litres
    Kerb Weight 1140 / 2513 kg / lbs
    Weight Distribution 41.2/58.8 F/R
    Drag Coefficient 0.32 
    Aerodynamics Full underbody air management (fan assisted). Driver selectable high downforce mode. Automatic brake  and balance aerofoil system.


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