McLaren F1 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
1997 McLaren F1
|Coupe||6.1L V12||RWD||6M||3.4 sec||11.6 sec @ 125 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Road & Track|
1994 McLaren F1
|Coupe||6.1L V12||RWD||6M||3.2 sec||11.1 sec @ 138 mph||----/----/13 mpg||Car and Driver|
About McLaren F1
McLaren is now one of the top manufacturers of supercars in the world. They’re actually serious about their car production, so much so that 2015 represented their 3rd straight year of profitability. And they’ve become so good that their growth has skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim.
If you still doubt their manufacturer credentials, then know this: they’ve been acclaimed as the Manufacturer of Year in the 2016 BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards.
McLaren wouldn’t be McLaren today if it wasn’t for the McLaren F1. Here are some facts you need to know about the F1 if you want to be seen as a serious fan of supercars:
- The chief designer of the F1 was Gordon Murray. Previous to this assignment, he designed Formula One race cars. And he’s still designing cars to this day.
- When the McLaren team decided that they were building a supercar/road car back in 1988, they didn’t just want to create the best sports in the world that people had ever at the time. They wanted to come up with the best sports car that the world will ever see.
- The car was a “clean-sheet design”. What that meant was that virtually every component of the car was built specifically for the F1. They didn’t take any previous component from any previous car, with the sole exception of the tail lamps.
- Part of the clean sheet design was never relying on any currently available parts. Only the set of requirements was needed so that there were no arbitrary limitations. So they had their Kenwood stereo and air conditioning completely customized with specific weight limitations set by Murray. The weight limitations were so severe that at the time the manufacturers were not entirely certain they would be able to comply.
- The tools for the car were also customized for lightness. And they were made of titanium, with gold plating.
- All in all, the design team came up with 5,000 new and redesigned components for the F1.
- Just about every mechanical component of the car was made from either aluminum or magnesium.
- The understructure and the body panels were made from featherweight carbon fiber, which later on would become a trend in the car aftermarket industry. It was the first to use a complete carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) monocoque chassis structure.
- The seating arrangement had the driver sitting at the very center, and passengers sat at the sides. It offered maximum visibility, and the equal weight distribution enhanced the cornering speed.
- McLaren contracted BMW Motorsports to design and manufacture the engine. McLaren specifically asked for a naturally aspirated engine so that the response from the engine would be instantaneous.
- BMW created the BMW S70 engine, which was a 48-valve, 6.1L V12 with variable valve timing. It produced 627 bhp.
- It used dry sump lubrication, which was more sophisticated than conventional wet sump. The new lubrication reduced several inches from the oil pan so that the engine could be mounted lower to the ground.
- The engine produced a lot of heat and so the engine bay was lined with gold.
- In the McLaren F1 LM versions, it featured several engine upgrades that increased the output to 680 bhp, along with 520 lb-ft of torque.
- These new LM versions were to honor the GTR versions of the F1, which raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans against racing cars specifically built for the race. The F1 cars took placed 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place overall.
- Except for the prototypes, McLaren built exactly 100 F1 cars. Among them 72 were street-legal versions while 28 were full-on racing models.
- The first cars were sold for $1.3 million.
- Owners of the F1 include the Sultan of Brunei (who reportedly has 8 of them), Rowan Atkinson, Jay Leno, Ralph Lauren (who also has more than one), Michael Schumacher, Eric Clapton, and Elon Musk.
- Musk later used his F1 as the acceleration benchmark for his Tesla Model S P85D.
- Atkinson put his car up for sale for £8 million. He decided to put it up for sale after he crashed it, which resulted in the highest ever single car insurance payout in British history. It cost £900,000 for the car to be rebuilt.
- The car reached up to 242.96 mph in 1998. This speed record has never been beaten by any other car with a naturally aspirated engine. It has been surpassed since, but only by cars with engines that used forced induction.
- The 1998 McLaren F1 LM-Specification, which was a fully street-legal car with Le Mans performance capabilities, sold in 2015 for $13.75 million.
- The F1 also included a modem which transmitted data to McLaren. This was how the company found that a customer in Germany regularly reached 200 mph every day, going to and coming from work.
Have fun saving up for your F1!
To learn about current McLaren car models, visit the official McLaren website.