Road Tests Real world tests of McLaren F1 vs Veyron

0-60mph

McLaren F1
3.2 s
Veyron
2.7 s

Top speed

McLaren F1
242 mph
Veyron
253 mph

0-100mph

McLaren F1
6.3 s
Veyron
5.1 s

1/4 mile

McLaren F1
11.1 s
Veyron
10.2 s

Nurburgring time

McLaren F1
7:11.0
Veyron
7:40.0

Braking distance at 60mph

McLaren F1
127 ft
Veyron
103 ft

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren F1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren F1

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Fewer cars built 65 vs 300 4.6x fewer instances built
Much lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 4,162 lb Around 40% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Really great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 7:11.0 vs 7:40.0 More than 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
Higher redline 7,500 RPM vs 6,600 RPM Around 15% more revs
Side view of Bugatti Veyron

Reasons to consider the
Bugatti Veyron

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Much faster stopping from 60mph 103 ft vs 127 ft Around 20% faster stopping from 60mph
Very sticky cornering g 1.4 g vs 0.86 g Around 65% sticky cornering g
Has an air compressor Quad turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Much more torque 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM vs 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Way more more powerful engine 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM More than 55% stronger engine
Faster to 60mph 2.7 s vs 3.2 s More than 15% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 10.2 s vs 11.1 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
More expensive sticker price $1.50M vs $970k Around 55% more expensive harder to own
Faster top speed 253 mph vs 242 mph 11 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much bigger engine 7,993 cc vs 6,064 cc More than 30% bigger engine
Has an active suspension Yes vs No Somewhat common; Reacts to the road for a smoother ride
Faster to 200kph 7.3 s vs 9.4 s More than 20% faster to 200kph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

McLaren F1  vs
Veyron 
Brand McLaren Bugatti
Price 970,000 1,500,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1992-1998 2005
Highest auction price 1994 McLaren F1, $1.705M, August 2006 2008 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, $898k, October 2012
City mileage 9 MPG 6 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG 13 MPG
Number built 65 300

design

Chief designer Gordon Murray Jozef Kaban
Chief engineer Gordon Murray Wolfgang Schreiber
Generation First Generation First Generation
Body style Coupe Fastback coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed

transmission

Transmission make McLaren 6 Speed Bugatti DSG 7-speed
Drivetrain 2WD 4x4
Shift system Manual Automatic
Gearing Traditional Continuously-variable
# of gears 6 N/A
Gear ratios
1: 3.23:1
2: 2.19:1
3: 1.71:1
4: 1.39:1
5: 1.16:1
6: 0.93:1
7: 0.55:1
Axle ratio 2.37:1 3.64:1
Paddle shifters N/A Standard, Left Down / Right Up

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar, Independent
Front brakes Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs 15.8 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front tires Michelin 235/45ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sport
Front wheels 432/? 229 265/22 20
Wheel material Magnesium Forged Aluminum
Rear tires Michelin 315/45ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sport
Rear wheels 432/? 292 365/25 21
Wheel material Magnesium Forged Aluminum

road tests

McLaren F1  vs
Veyron 
Top speed 242 mph 253 mph
1/4 mile 11.1 s 10.2 s
0-60mph 3.2 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 6.3 s 5.1 s
0-200kph 9.4 s 7.3 s
Distance 127 ft 103 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.86 g 1.4 g
20.6km nurburgring time 7:11.0 7:40.0
Drag coefficient 0.32 0.36

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.01 lb/hp 4.22 lb/hp
Maximum hp 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM
Max RPM 7,500 RPM 6,600 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 42%/58% 44%/56%
Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.7 feet 39.4 feet
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Engine make BMW S70/2 Bugatti 8.0L W16
Displacement 6,064 cc 7,993 cc
Cylinders V12 W16
Air compressor None Quad turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11:1 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.4 in / 3.4 in 3.39 in / 3.39 in
Block material Aluminum Alloy
Cylinder head material Aluminum Alloy
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system BMW Valvetronic Bugatti VVT
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,513 lb 4,162 lb
Width 75.6 in 78.7 in
Height 44.1 in 47.4 in
Length 168.8 in 175.6 in
Front track width 61.7 in 67.5 in
Ground clearance 4.7 in 4.9 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 106.7 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
McLaren F1
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