Power, pace and peerless quality, the legendary McLaren F1 is a technological masterpiece. The fastest production car of its time. The finest sports car of its generation. For many, the greatest supercar ever built.
'THE MORE WE DISCUSSED IT, THE MORE IT APPEALED TO ME. ONE THING WAS CERTAIN, IF McLAREN WAS GOING TO BUILD A SPORTS CAR, IT WOULD NOT ONLY BE THE FINEST SPORTS CAR THE WORLD HAD EVER SEEN, BUT ALSO THE FINEST SPORTS CAR THE WORLD WAS EVER GOING TO SEE.'
Waiting at Milan airport after the ‘88 Italian Grand Prix, four McLaren luminaries discussed the company’s future. Before their flight was called, the executive team agreed McLaren would design and build the finest road car in the world. Bold and uncompromising, this decision changed automotive history.
It’s no coincidence that the F1 was conceived during our all-conquering 1988 Formula 1™ season. Built on a carbon fibre chassis and driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, our MP4/4 race car won 15 out of 16 races. It dominated Formula 1™ and set new standards on the track. Designed and built without compromise, the McLaren F1 would do the same on the road.
Brilliance takes time. It took four years to meticulously plan, design and build the all-conquering F1. Beautifully engineered and exceptionally quick, the F1 broke numerous world records during the ‘90s, and it remains the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever built. Only 106 cars were made in a limited production run, making the F1 one of the most exclusive cars in the world today.
With our racing heritage, it was not long before a race-prepared F1 was on the track. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, the F1 GTR achieved a feat no other debutant manufacturer has ever managed. Winning the race and dominating the podium, McLaren occupied four of the top five places. In just 24 magical hours, the greatest supercar of its generation had become the most successful British race car of modern times.
To mark the F1 GTR’s historic win in what is widely regarded as the world’s greatest motor race, five road going editions inspired by the winning race car were produced. Lighter and more powerful than the standard F1, and with a distinctive carbon fibre wing and splitter, the McLaren F1 LM is the fastest accelerating and most sought-after variant of the iconic McLaren F1.
After the sensationally quick F1 LM, we built the final iteration of the F1, the 'Longtail'. Known as the ‘Longtail’ because of the longer front and rear overhangs, the car also has a distinctive air intake and large rear spoiler that distinguishes it from other F1s. With a higher specification interior and slightly higher gearing, the F1 GT is the final chapter in the history of one of the world’s greatest-ever road cars. Just three examples were built but this satisfied FIA homologation rules making a race car version possible. The longer body meant that the F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ generated considerably more downforce than the previous F1 race cars and yet produced less drag.