McLAREN F1: RECORD BREAKER

It’s been 25 years since the McLaren F1 first redefined what was possible in a road car. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, we’ll spend each month in 2017 exploring a different aspect of the rich history of this truly iconic model.

 

 

Some world records tumble each and every year, while others last for decades. On the 31st of March 1998, Andy Wallace reached a speed of 240.14mph in the McLaren F1 – making it the fastest production car in the world – a record that stood well into the next millennium. The F1 remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car ever built – but what did making the final run actually feel like?

In this exclusive new video, including previously unseen archive footage, Andy himself talks us through each and every moment of his record-breaking run. The landmark speed he achieved was taken as a combined average of a run in two opposing directions at the Ehra-Lessien high-speed proving ground in Germany.

It was only a decade earlier that a car had broken the 200mph barrier; the old record stood at 213mph and was soundly beaten by the production F1 in 1993. But what would happen when they removed the limiter from the 6.1-litre V12? In engineering terms, and the scope of human endeavour both man and machine were entering the unknown. What transpired remains spine tingling to this day…

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