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Developed by McLaren cars LTD, a subsidiary of the McLaren Formula One Team, the McLaren F1 GTR is the fastest, most powerful and most expensive production car in the world. 

The McLaren is powered by a BMW 6.1 Liter V12 engine producing 627 hp with a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 230-240 mph. 

The original McLaren F1 was started in 1991 and 64 cars were made. The LM model was introduced in 1993 with 5 cars built. The GT model had 3 cars. Finally, in 1995, the GTR was introduced, and over the next 3 years, 28 cars were built.

Unfortunately, production stopped in May 1998 after only 100 cars were built.

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The BMW powered, British-built F1 from McLaren International, Ltd, is arguably the fastest and most expensive production car ever made.

The specially commissioned BMW engine allows the driver to be centrally situated in the cockpit, affording a more equal weight distribution. With it's 627 normally aspirated horses pouring through a bespoke six-speed transaxle gearbox, the ultra-light F1 leaps from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of a few scant seconds.

The McLaren F1 holds several records, including the highest top speed (240.1 mph) and the fastest lap speed on a UK circuit (195.3 mph).

In 1995, McLaren debuted the F1 GTR at the Le Mans endurance race. The McLaren took first place, taking it's place in history as doing so on it's first race. In addition to taking the checkered flag, the F1 GTR also took 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 13th places in that race.

To celebrate this extraordinary achievement, McLaren produced five F1 LMs, one for each of the F1 GTRs that finished the 1995 Le Mans race, with the goal being that the LM was a 1995 F1 GTR modified as little as possible to make it a street legal supercar. Consequently the F1 LM sported a more powerful 680 bhp V12, and now owns the 0-100-0 mph world record for a production car by ripping through the tach in a gut wrenching 11.5 seconds while travelling a distance of only 828.4 feet!

The final version of the F1 production car was the F1 GT. It was designed to attain downforce equal to that of the LM, but to do so with lower drag. Thus, the front bodywork was extended and the rear deck was redesigned to create a stunning, yet functional, new look.

Several racing versions of the McLaren were produced, including the highly successful 1995 F1 GTR, the 1996 F1 GTR, and the 1997 F1 GTR.

The 95 GTR was originally developed for shorter, 4 hour Global GT Endurance series races in response to demand from customers who wanted to race their own modifications of the standard production F1. However demand quickly came about to make it into a 24 hour car to run in the Le Mans endurance race. In 1995 McLaren became the first manufacturer ever to sweep the board, scoring four of the top five places, upon its Le Mans debut.

In 1996 McLaren revised the 1995 GTR to meet new BPR GT series regulations, capping the engine power output to 600 bhp. This allowed the designers to shed 100kg from the car, making it as light as the 1,000kg minimum weight limit would allow. McLaren also developed an upgrade for 95 GTRs to move them to 96 GTRs in spite of the fact that the 96 model was 70% new components. New features included a larger rear wing for markedly improved downforce.

In 1997 the GTR was once again revised to meet new racing regulations, this time from the FIA GT Series and the Le Mans 24 hour race. The modifications focused on engine refinement, the inclusion of an all new sequential transmission, extensive aerodynamic changes, and substantial weight reduction. The chassis and power train were the prime candidates for weight reduction along with small weight improvements made throughout the car. In 1995 the F1 GTR weighed 1,100kg. The 96 model reduced its weight to 1,000kg, and in 1997 the GTR was able to further reduce its curb weight to a mere 915kg.

Pictures from McLarenF1.de, the German McLarenF1 Portal!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Links

McLaren Cars Ltd is the official web site. Another official site is here.

TAG McLaren Audio offers McLaren-quality sound. Paragon is the home of TAG McLaren technology group.

George Harrison's favorite car was a McLaren.

The Bruce McLaren Trust Website has Can-Am, Formula One, Indy Cars, Formula Two, Formula Three and Biography information.

McLaren F1 Price Guide & Market Report
McLaren F1 Part 1: An Introduction & The F1 Road Car
McLaren F1 Part 2: The F1 Chassis Index
McLaren F1 Part 3: The F1 LM
McLaren F1 Part 4: The F1 GT Long Tail
McLaren F1 Part 5: An Introduction to GTR's & The GTR 95
McLaren F1 Part 6: GTR 95 Chassis Index
McLaren F1 Part 7: The GTR 96
McLaren F1 Part 8: GTR 96 Chassis Index
McLaren F1 Part 9: The GTR 97
McLaren F1 Part 10: GTR 97 Chassis Index

Formula One links.

From McLaren Racing:

Info on the McLaren Formula One racer.

McLaren Motorsport in New Zealand.

McLaren F1 Picture Gallery has photographs of the McLaren F1 from the personal collection of Tim Cottingham.

Vitalik's McLaren Page

McLaren F1 page has pictures, specs and the story of how it all began.

Fantasy Cars has info on the McLaren including photos and specs. Click here for photos.

BMW CCA National Capitol Chapter visit to PTG (Prototype Technology Group) has several pictures of McLarens.

Click here for a history of McLaren.

McLaren F1 (1993) has a lot of info.

McLaren: The Best Car Ever

McLaren F1 Pictures

McLaren Stuff has some pictures.

McLaren F1 pictures.

Nick's McLaren F1

Bruce McLaren racing stats.

McLaren Car Club info.

McLaren F1 facts and pictures.

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Specifications

 
Model
F1

F1 LM

F1 GT

Year of production

1994-98

No. produced

64 units

5 units

3 units

Layout
Mid-engined, Rwd

Mid-engined, Rwd

Mid-engined, Rwd

Dimensions (mm)

L / W / H / WB:

4288 / 1820 / 1140 / 2718

L / W / H / WB:

4365 / 1820 / 1120 / 2718

L / W / H / WB:

4928 / 1940 / 1200 / 2718

Engine
V12, dohc, 4v/cyl, VVT.

V12, dohc, 4v/cyl, VVT.

V12, dohc, 4v/cyl, VVT.

Capacity
6064 c.c.

6064 c.c.

6064 c.c.

Power
627 hp

680 hp

627 hp

Torque
479 lbft

520 lbft

479 lbft

Transmission
6M

6M

6M

Suspensions

All: double wishbones

Tyres

F: 235 / 45 ZR17

R: 315 / 45 ZR17

275 / 35 ZR18

345 / 35 ZR18

N/A

Weight
1138 kg

1062 kg

1220 kg

Top speed
240 mph

225 mph (claimed)

N/A

0-60 mph
3.2 sec

3.9 sec

N/A

0-100 mph

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

N/A


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