South African Gordon Murray, a long-time Formula One designer, spent many successful years with McLAREN during which time he the pitched the idea of building the ultimate road car. Murray’s concept, formulated in his youth, centred around a three-seater sports car with a naturally-aspirated engine to increase reliability and driver control. McLaren Automotive gave the go-ahead and the F1 was launched in Monaco in 1992.
The engine is a 6,1-litre, twin overhead-cam, 48-valve V12 produced by BMW. It develops 461 kilowatts and 651 Newton.metres of torque. In 1998 an F1 set a record for the fastest road car in the world, reaching 391 km/h with rev limiter removed.
The F1 was the first production car to use a carbon-fibre monocoque construction, which required significant heat insulation in the engine compartment. This was solved with the use of heat-reflecting gold foil. Each car took over 6000 man-hours to produce and of the 106 F1s built, only 71 were road cars.
|Country of Origin||United Kingdom|
|Engine Type||V12 twin OHC 48-valve (BMW)|
|Power Output||627 BHP or 461,5 kW|
|Transmission Type||6-speed manual|
|Braking System||disc brakes all round|
|Top speed||231 mph or 371,7 km/h|