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There is no more iconic racer of the 1990s than the McLaren F1 GTR. Not only was it based on the dream car of every kid growing up then, but it also managed to dominate Le Mans before other automakers wised up to the ways of the GT1 class. But its V12 still sounds absolutely glorious.
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.
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.
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.
You might remember Paul Lanzante’s name for the fact that his team will build road-legal McLaren P1 GTRs, but back in 1995, he was the guy who went to Le Mans to race an F1 that wasn’t ready to race at all.
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.
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.
The Oxford Dictionary says that in order to drive, you must "operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle." So on a technicality, I just drove a McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail.
There are 16 McLaren F1 GTRs at Goodwood at the moment. Fifteen are said to be runners, and two of those decided to go backwards for a while during their first run of the weekend.
Ray Bellm ordered a McLaren F1 road car soon after the premier in 1992, but while he was racing Porsches, he realized an F1 race car could dominate everything. The problem for Ray is that McLaren wanted $1.5 million for a one-off race car.
It's not every day one can go flat out with a McLaren F1 GTR Long-Tail, but Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack just got lucky at Goodwood.
You know how Volkswagen recently had Tanner Foust hoon a 2015 GTI covered in GoPros? That was cool, but do you know what's cooler? Justin Bell thrashing a 1996 McLaren F1 GTR at Mid-Ohio, with some GoPros attached.