few days Ago I started to tell you some curiosities about the development of the McLaren F1. In the first part of a special I told you 15 curiosities, with which I tried to demonstrate by what has been in my opinion the best supercar ever created. Extreme attention to detail, innovation, cutting-edge… all for a project whose results were barely 64 glorious cars of the street. you Wanted more data about the McLaren F1, and here we have. Don’t miss: you just have to click on “continue reading”.
1) Elon Musk had an F1 and, in part, was the inspiration for the Tesla Model S
In 1999, Elon Musk was a young millionaire in just 30 years. I had made a small fortune with the bubble of the dotcom, and to celebrate the sale of Zip2 – an publishing software for digital newspapers – by almost $ 400 million, he bought a McLaren F1. The story of how he injured is left to another day. I simply wanted to tell that the benchmark for the acceleration of the Tesla Model S – in his Ludicrous Mode, maximum power – was that McLaren F1. Sold it in 2008.
2) Albert and Edward: two mules forgotten
The development of the McLaren F1 lasted about three years, and claimed the lives of two mules for testing. Both were based on the chassis of Ultima, and were created with two different goals. Albert was the mule used to test the manual gearbox of the car, as well as the central position of the driving – his engine was a simple V8 of origin Chevrolet. Edward was a mule used to test for circulating the engine S70/2, the 6.1 V12 developed by BMW Motorsport. Both were destroyed at the end of the development.
3) The favorite car of Mr. Bean
Not Mr. Bean, but Rowan Atkinson. The british actor was one of the owners, the most emblematic of a McLaren F1. Their drive was maroon, and the actor professed a great devotion for your machine. conducted daily, and not just slow: it took two accidents with the F1, one of them quite serious, in 2011. It cost a million pounds to return it to its original state. Rowan Atkinson sold his F1 less than a year ago, for a price of around £ 8 million. Your F1 exceeded the 70,000 miles.
4) Murray slowed down on purpose the power of the V12
The V12 engine of 6.1 liter in the McLaren F1 would always be the first. It was a propeller very refined and well put point – in addition to having an internal balance ideal for an instant. For this reason, Murray wanted to make his power a little more spectacular. Adjusted the starter motor so that spinning two revolutions in vacuum. The third, was injected fuel and the engine is ignited, with a certain sensationalism. I wonder if someone will have practiced the test of the coin with the S70/2.
5) the origins of The S70/2: the BMW 750i
it Is said that the engine of the McLaren F1 is derived directly from Formula 1. It is a myth. Its base dates back to the year 1987, and is not other than the V12 engine of 5.0 liters and 300 horsepower – the so-called M70 – that BMW developed for the 750i, its flagship. Your version S70B56 was developed by BMW Motorsport for the BMW 850 CSi, and it already had 381 HP and a displacement of 5.6 liters. Although share block engine, the S70/2, McLaren already had four valves per cylinder, cylinder heads, completely new distribution and variable dual-VANOS.
6) A car for purists: it had no ABS, and many other assistances
When Murray and his team designed the McLaren F1, they wanted it to be a car of dynamic purist. Made for purists who know how to handle powerful car. The McLaren F1 had no driving modes – that are modern inventions – and also did not have basic aids with ABS. Is more, had no brake booster, as added weight and complexity to the car. Of course, controls of traction and stability, were completely discarded. The car I didn’t even have power steering, looking for the maximum feedback for the driver.
7) why three passengers and a central position of steering?
The McLaren F1 had three seats. A configuration very unusual for a supercar. Why the pilot was in a central position? For three reasons: ergonomics, role sharing, cross-sectional weights and visibility. It is also the position of driving a single-seater racing – specialty of the house. The side benefit was a two-seater side surprisingly spacious. As a curiosity, the steering column of the McLaren F1 is still. Each client should specify its position ideal driving before ordering the car.
8) A handy car, created to be used
Gordon Murray never wanted to create a car radical. I wanted the owners of the McLaren F1 did travel with it, besides take it to track days or a good mountain road. Yes, your suspension is sporty, but not intractable in a road conventional. A car is reasonably well isolated. In addition, it had a certain load capacity: McLaren gave them away with each F1 a luggage set specially designed to fill multiple holes located behind the passenger compartment. Few supercars more practical has been the.
9) Without this computer Compaq, no F1 would remain in the road
a few days Ago we have this story. Even today, the only way for McLaren to communicate with the electronics of the F1 – that has parts Bosch, TAG and Luke – is by means of an antediluvian Compaq LTE 5280. An old laptop from the 90’s that McLaren installed a CA card, that communicated with the on-board systems of the F1 for diagnosis, adjustments and revisions. Although McLaren is already developing a new system, without these old laptops would have been impossible to keep F1 on the road.
10) Were sold at a loss
Each McLaren F1 sold caused an economic loss to the company. His price was not precisely affordable: of 635,000 pounds sterling of the time. Today is a price equivalent to 1.6 million euros, taking into account the current exchange rate. Even so, McLaren did not get benefit with the F1. Their business model is based on its success in competition, as in the 90’s were intractable from the hand of Mercedes. Thanks to the success in competition and sponsorship, the company was able to go forward without problems.
11) a Pioneer in the sweep of the instrumentation
do You realize that in many new cars, the needles of the instrumentation make it a full sweep on the watches to turn on the contact? It is a detail gimmicky with no practical effect whatsoever, but we all like to see it. It is as if the car is desperezase and tell us… I’m ready. Guess what car was the first to release this curious “feature” – in Spanish, pijada. Was the McLaren F1, and was the brainchild of Ron Dennis the needles of the instrumentation they cruised the clock to give the contact.
12) it Is possible to gain access without a key to the car
In the first part we will tell you how the McLaren F1 was a pioneer in the use of wireless technology of data transmission. Formed part of a modem that is transmitting to the general headquarters of the brand information on the state of the car, with the aim that the mark could detect faults or perform a diagnostic before they send the technicians. Another advancement in wireless technology was the the first access system to the car without activating the controls or put the key in the lock. Just as it is today.
13) The curious history of its lenses in the rear and its origin
The optical rear of the McLaren F1 they are a bit lean. Although the car has a very nice design, its pilots in the rear are small, round… even uninspiring. It is certain that its origin is a Dutch company, dedicated to the bodywork of buses. The McLaren F1 has the same optics that the “Bova Futura”. used them because TVR already used in their vehicles, and McLaren assumed that they had approved for use in a tourism. Years later they learned that TVR had ever done the legal paperwork.
14) Is smaller than a Porsche Boxster
The McLaren F1 looks like a great car, but it is not. Only measured 4,28 meters long. A Porsche Boxster of the time measured 4,31 meters of length, resulting bulkier than the McLaren. With 1.82 m in length, the McLaren is only 4 inches wider than the roadster German. Now, your height of 1.14 meters was much lower than the Porsche. When thinking of the small dimensions of the McLaren F1 – very spacious inside – we are aware of the excellent job of packaging conducted by the team of Murray.
15) needed No rear spoiler
Was one of the cars pioneers in the use of active aerodynamics. But not as you think. The McLaren F1 had no rear spoiler and no element of your body was mobile. And it was, however, able to move at extreme speeds. How the hell did it? By several fans located at its rear, that made a ground effect forced. A solution directly derived from the competition: it was the Chaparral 2J which, by means of several fans of ground effect, annihilated his rivals in 1970, until the FIA banned its use.