[How the cost and development of GT1 racing at Le Mans escalated out of control is one of racing’s great failures. But what a failure it was. Photo credit: Getty Images, McLaren F1 GTRin ‘97 pictured]
In case your F1 GTR is not a Le Mans-winning 1995-spec car, please call McLaren at +44 (0) 1483 261500, Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:30 GMT.
It’s fascinating the way our memories work. We have the capacity to cling onto memories that have long been retired into the depths of our minds, thoughts from our youth that we treasure but now lay dormant in our subconscious. They could be insignificant, sure, but somehow we would always identify strongly with them.…
Chassis 073 is not one of the five+one original F1 LMs, but that didn’t stop its new owner from forking out $12.5 million plus the buyer’s fee for it.
This Porsche 911 has the seat in the middle like a McLaren F1. This is.... this is amazing and absurd and beautiful and I need it.
This doesn’t happen that often. There was a McLaren F1 GTR standing in front of us, and the chap who owns it just handed over the keys, and left. Tough decisions needed to be made.
There are only three McLaren F1 GTs in the world, which means there are only six of these carbon fiber mud flaps in existence. Let’s get geeky!
McLaren promised not to have a factory team competing against their customers at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. Then came Ueno Clinic and Paul Lanzante, things changed, and McLaren’s team ended up winning the race. But there are two versions of this story.
A select few rich, famous and amazing people have been privileged enough to call themselves McLaren F1 owners, but arguably the most famous among their number was British comedian Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson. That’s because he crashed his, twice. Apparently that didn’t hurt the F1’s resale value much.
But he isn’t talking about the F1’s central seating position. More about how a road car could win Le Mans in front of the prototypes at first try in 1995. It’s a good story.
Look at this photo, and look at it good. It’s from 1993 and shows XP3, Gordon Murray’s personal F1 which is known today as K50 BAT. Those indicators and fog lamps didn’t make it into production.
The thing about the 1995 McLaren F1 GTRs is that they were race cars which ended up being heavier and less powerful than the road cars they were based on. But that was still good enough for a 1-3-4-5 at Le Mans.
I believe some of you are already familiar with chassis number 24R since I reviewed it thoroughly last month. Now, it’s time for some proper McLaren F1 GTR porn straight from Goodwood’s studio.
Fans of the McLaren F1 already knew that Gordon Murray used the taillights off the Dutch Bova Futura bus. But according to Evo’s Henry Catchpole, it was actually a decision that should be credited to TVR.
Evo has finally done it. McLaren F1 chassis number 46 and McLaren P1 chassis number 46 were taken to the south of France to see what the new car has on the legendary original. Better brakes and rear lamps, basically.
McLaren brought one of the three homologation specials for the longtail F1 to the New York Auto Show. I was in its presence. I smelled it.
We were there for most of the 16 McLaren F1’s great moments at the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting, but nobody got closer to the action than McLaren themselves. Here’s how their weekend went.
This is just a tribute. Couldn't remember the greatest F1 picture in the world, no, no. This is a tribute, oh, to the greatest supercar-turned-racecar in the world, all right?
Look at that shifter! It's the same in all '97 race cars and if you hit a clown with it, you'll have to deal with a dead body.