Some ago days I began to tell some curiosities you about the development of McLaren F1. In the first part of special I told 15 curiosities you, with which I have tried to demonstrate why the supersport one has been in my opinion best never created. Attention in detail carries far, innovation, vanguard… everything for a project whose result as soon as they were 64 glorious cars of street. You wanted more data about McLaren F1, and here we have them. You do not lose them to you: you only must make click in “continuing reading”.
1) Elon Musk had a F1, and partly, it was the inspiration of the Tesla Model S
In 1999, Elon Musk was hardly a young millionaire of 30 years. It had made a small fortune with the bubble of dotcom, and to celebrate the sale of Zip2 – a publication software for digital newspapers – by almost 400 million dollars, bought a McLaren F1. The history of how it injured it we left it for another day. Simply it wanted to you to tell that benchmark for the acceleration of the Tesla Model S – in its Ludicrous Mode of maximum power – was that McLaren F1. It sold it in 2008.
2) Albert and Edward: the two forgotten mules
The development of McLaren F1 lasted approximately three years, and it summoned up the lives of two mules of tests. Both were based on chassis of Completes, and were created with two different objectives. Albert was the used mule to prove the gear box manual of the car, as well as the position control center – its motor one was a simple V8 of Chevrolet origin. Edward was a used mule to prove in circulation the motor S70/2, the 6,1 V12 developed by BMW Motorsport. Both were destroyed when finishing the development.
3) The favorite car of Mr. Bean
NonMr. Bean, but Rowan Atkinson. The British actor was one of the most emblematic proprietors of a McLaren F1. Its unit era of garnet color, and the actor professed a great devotion by his machine. He lead it on a daily basis, and not indeed slowly: he had two accidents with the F1, one of them quite serious one, in 2011. A million pounds cost to give back it to their original state. Rowan Atkinson sold its F1 does a year less than, by a price of around the 8 million pounds. Its F1 surpassed the 70,000 kilometers.
4) Murray on purpose delayed the ignition of the V12
The V12 motor of 6.1 liters of McLaren F1 always started to first. Well put refining and to point – besides having an ideal internal balance was a propellent very to an instantaneous ignition. For this reason, Murray wanted to make his ignition a little more spectacular. He fit the starter engine so that he turned two revolutions in emptiness. To third, fuel became congested and the motor ignited, with certain efectismo. I ask myself if somebody will have practiced the test of the currency with the S70/2.
5) The origins of the S70/2: BMW 750i
One says that the motor of McLaren F1 is derived directly from Formula 1. It is a myth. Its base dates from year 1987, and she is not other than the V12 motor of 5.0 liters and 300 horses – denominated M70 – that BMW developed for 750i, its ship standard. Its version S70B56 was developed by BMW Motorsport for BMW 850 CSi, and it already had 381 CB and one piston displacement of 5.6 liters. Although they share motor block, the S70/2 of the McLaren already had four valves by cylinder, completely new butts and variable distribution dual-VAIN.
6) A car for purists: it did not have ABS, nor many other attendances
When Murray and his equipment conceived McLaren F1, they wanted that it was a car of puristic dynamics. Fact for purists who knew to drive powerful cars. McLaren F1 did not have conduction ways – that is modern inventions – and had basic aid with ABS either. It is more, did not have servo brake, since it added to weight and complexity to the car. By all means, controls of traction and stability completely were discarded. The car not even had attended direction, looking for the maximum feedback for the conductor.
7) Why three passengers and central position of pilotage?
McLaren F1 had three places. A very atypical configuration for a supersport one. Why did the pilot go On guard central? For three reasons: ergonomics, cross-sectional distribution of weights and visibility. Specialty of the house is also the position of conduction of a competition single-seater -. The benefit collateral was two surprising ample lateral places. Like curiosity, the column of direction of McLaren F1 is immovable. Each client had to specify his position of ideal conduction before ordering the car.
8) A practical car, created to be used
Gordon Murray never wished to create a radical car. It wanted that the proprietors of McLaren F1 made trips with him, besides taking it to track days or to a good highway of mountain. Yes, its suspension is sport, but nonuntreatable in a conventional highway. It is reasonably a well isolated car. In addition, it had a certain lifting capacity: McLaren gave with each F1 a game of suitcases especially designed to occupy several hollows located after the cockpit. Few supersport more practitioners have had.
9) Without this Compaq computer, no F1 would follow in the highway
Some ago days we told this history you. Still nowadays, the only form of which McLaren communicates with the electronics of the F1 – that has Bosch pieces, TAG and Lucas – it is by means of antediluvian a Compaq LTE 5280. An old laptop of the years 90 to which McLaren installed a CA card, that communicated with the systems side of the F1 for diagnosis, adjustments and revisions. Although McLaren is already developing a new system, without these old portable ones would have been impossible to maintain to the F1 in the highway.
10) They were sold to loss
Each sold McLaren F1 caused an economic loss to the company. Its price was not indeed reasonable: 635,000 pound sterling of the time. Nowadays it is a price equivalent to 1.6 million Euros, considering present exchange rate. Even so, McLaren did not obtain benefit with the F1. Its model of business was based on its success in competition, since in years 90 they were untreatable of the hand of Mercedes. Thanks to the success in competition and the sponsorships, the company could follow ahead without problems.
11) Pioneer in the sweeping of the instrumentation
You realize of which in many new cars, the needles of the instrumentation make a complete sweeping to the clocks when igniting the contact? Some is a sensationalist detail without practical effect, but to all we like to see it. It is as if the car stretched and it said to us… I am ready. You guess what car was first in wearing for the first time this peculiar “feature” – in Castilian, pijada. It was McLaren F1 and it was idea of Ron Dennis who the needles of the instrumentation crossed the clock when giving the contact.
12) It is possible to accede without key to the car
In the first part we told you how McLaren F1 was pioneering in the use of wireless technology of data transmission. It equipped a modem that transmitted to the headquarters of the brand information on the state of the car, with the aim of which the brand could detect failures or realize a diagnosis before sending the technicians. Another advance in wireless technology was the first system of access to the car without needing activating the control or putting the key in the lock. As nowadays.
13) The peculiar history of its back optical and their origin
The back optical of McLaren F1 are somewhat concise. Although the car has a very beautiful design, its back pilots are small, round… even anodyne. The certain thing is that its origin is a Dutch company, dedicated to the carrozado one of buses. McLaren F1 has the same optical that the “Stupid Future one”. They used them because TVR already used them in its vehicles, and McLaren assumed that they had accredited them for his use in a tourism. Years later found out that TVR never had made the legal proceeding.
14) He is smaller than a Porsche Boxster
McLaren F1 seems a great car, but it is not it. It only measured 4.28 meters in length. A Porsche Boxster of the time measured 4.31 meters in length, being more voluminous than the McLaren. With 1.82 meters in length, the McLaren is only 4 centimeters wider than German roadster. However, its height of 1.14 meters was far below to Porsche. When thinking about the small dimensions of McLaren F1 – very extensive in its interior – we realize work excellent of packaging that took to end the team of Murray.
15) It did not need back spoiler
He was one of the pioneering cars in the use of the active aerodynamics. But not as you think. McLaren F1 did not have back spoiler, and no element of its body was movable. And nevertheless, he was able to circulate at extreme speeds. How did demons do? By means of several ventilators located in its rear, that made an effect forced ground. A solution directly derived from the competition: 2J was the Chaparral the one that by means of several ventilators of effect ground, annihilated to its rivals in 1970, until IT ENTRUSTS it prohibited its use.
These 30 curiosities will demonstrate that McLaren F1 has been best the supersport one never created, first part to you