The legendary F1 holds a cult status in the road spec racing car fraternity. The car that broke the fastest production car record in its time. It quickly took to the top steps of the best car ever produced. This car raced its competition to dust and the wallets of those who were nevertheless passionate enough to buy this behemoth. And for those who could not even dream of buying it, the subtle monster forever adorned their poster walls.
It came from the same house that is only the second oldest in the elite sporting pedigree of Formula One. The car was the posthumous result of the vision of founder Bruce McLaren to bring racing technology to road cars. However, for long the group, having passed into private hands after Mr. Mclaren’s death in 1970, continued to focus solely on racing. That changed when Gordon Murray was able to convince Ron Dennis in 1988 to build an ultimate road car. A car that would be heavily influenced by the company’s Formula One experience and technology.
Finally, in 1992 the wraps came off and the McLaren F1 was presented to the world. True to its name, the car relied heavily on Formula One technology to achieve its objectives. To begin with, the car featured an unconventional 3 seater configuration. The driver was placed in the centre of the cabin to mimic Formula One’s central driving position style.
The McLaren F1 was the first production road car to use a complete carbon fibre reinforced polymer monocoque chassis structure. The same chassis structure as employed in Formula One cars of 1980s. Incidentally McLaren was also the first to introduce it to Formula One in 1981.
It was equipped with an underbody and rear diffusers akin to a formula one car. In other words, the F1 exploited ground effects to keep the car from taking a flight, literally!