25 years ago, in 1992, debuted one of the most legendary super-cars ever created - the incomparable McLaren F1! It was the first super car which achieved the impossible - to beat the speed record for street cars, which until today has not been hit by another car fitted with a naturally aspirated powerplant!
McLaren F1 already in 1993 broke the previous speed record of 213 mph (342.79 kilometers per hour), which was recorded by Jaguar's XJ220 in 1992. On August 31 1998, another test was carried out.
Behind the steering wheel of the XP5 prototype after a few attempts on the German circuit Ehra-Lessien, Andy Wallace managed to reach a top speed of 391 km / h (242.95614 mph) (with the limiter set higher)! But the official record was 240.14 mph or 386.4 km / h (with the speed limiter set to identical parameters as the production models).
Although it was swept away in 2005 by the Koenigsegg CCR (387.87 km / h or 241.01 mph), and a few months later also by the Bugatti Veyron, which recorded a speed of 408.47 km / h or 253.81 mph, the record registered by McLaren F1 was incredible for a car with naturally aspirated powerplant, manual gearbox and rear wheel drive that did not have assistance systems and any spoilers for downforce and better stability at high speeds, not to mention the performance tires! The video images provided by McLaren are really exceptional and not shown until now!
Perhaps the majority knows that the V12 engine with a displacement of 6.
liters that develops 627 hp, was based on a BMW unit found in the BMW 7 Series (E32) and 8 Series (E31). However, not many know that the rear view mirrors have been taken over from the Volkswagen Corrado and the rear lights are identical to those used on the Dutch bus, Bova Futura.
Furthermore, the ultra-light Kenwood audio system weighed 8.4 kilograms, with the speakers, CD changer with 10 CDs and an amplifier. All this was designed in order to minimize weight, which reached only 1.138 kg. Even the leather from the inside was thinned by half in order to save just 5 kg!
Did you know that as a reference for the handling qualities of the McLaren F1, the Honda NSX model was chosen, monsters like Ferrari or Porsche being ruled out of the equation? Moreover, initially, the McLaren F1 should have been equipped with a propeller from Honda, a V10 or V12 engine with a displacement of 4.5-liter and not a BMW unit.
The engine compartment was covered with gold foil, because gold is the material that best refracts heat. How the doors open was inspired by Toyota's Sera model, while the luggage compartment is on both sides, behind the doors.
McLaren F1 was produced during the years 1992 to 1998 in 106 copies, among which were only 64 street copies, the rest being prototypes, and a substantial part of them were the racing version, which managed to win the FIA GT Championship in 1995 and win in the 24 hours of Le Mans - results that have not been struck down by any other super car.