McLaren F1 

  • $970k built in United Kingdom
  • 1992-1998
  • 627 HP 6.1L
  • 242 mph
There is no ignoring the weight of the steering when parking, but above school-zone speeds, the steering has an almost meaty precision to its feel.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 1994)
You pay a price for this performance at the gas pump, yet the efficiency of the engine, a drag coefficient of just 0.32, and the enormous benefits of a light 2579-pound curb weight mean consumption is reasonable.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 1994)

Road Tests Real world tests of the McLaren F1


McLaren F1
3.2 s
Carrera GT
3.9 s
2.7 s

Top speed

McLaren F1
242 mph
Saleen S7
199 mph
Carrera GT
205 mph


McLaren F1
6.3 s
Saleen S7
7.6 s
5.1 s

1/4 mile

McLaren F1
11.1 s
McLaren P1
9.8 s
10.2 s

Nurburgring time

McLaren F1
EB110 SS

Braking distance at 60mph

McLaren F1
127 ft
103 ft
Carrera GT
124 ft

Data points Key details of the McLaren F1


McLaren F1
Saleen S7
EB110 SS

Number built

McLaren F1
65 cars
Carrera GT
1,270 cars
McLaren P1
375 cars

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

In The News From around the web


McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail
Formerly owned by Gulf Team Davidoff, the F1 GTR with chassis number 28R was raced in the 1997 FIA GT Championship series.
Powered by a 900 horsepower V12 from BMW Motorsports, the car is still wearing its full Gulf Livery.

McLaren F1
After its release, the F1's potential was immediately realized when it reached 0-100-0 in 11.4 seconds and a record top speed of 240.14mph in its XP5 pre-production trim.
Of these, the Sultan of Brunei owns the most, and has two very special black F1 LMs with striking Pininfarina graphics as well as an exact replica of the F1 GTR that won LeMans.

McLaren F1 GTR
The art design was the work of César who used prints of his crushed race trophies from Hervé Poulain.
Since only one road-going version had to be made to homologate the model, it was a relatively easy process to get the race version approved.

McLaren F1 GT
This F1 GT with radical new body aerodynamics The GT version featured 17inch wheels with central locking retainer pins.
McLaren wanted to create a car with more downforce than the standard F1 with less drag than the LM version offereed.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand McLaren
Price $970,000
Type of car Production car
Year 1992-1998
Highest auction price 1994 McLaren F1, $1.705M, August 2006
City mileage 9 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG
Number built 65 cars


Chief designer Gordon Murray
Chief engineer Gordon Murray
Generation First Generation
Body style Coupe
Top type Hard fixed


Transmission make McLaren 6 Speed
Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.23:1
  2. 2: 2.19:1
  3. 3: 1.71:1
  4. 4: 1.39:1
  5. 5: 1.16:1
  6. 6: 0.93:1
Axle ratio 2.37:1
Paddle shifters N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Front brakes Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front tires Michelin 235/45ZR17
Front wheels 432/? 229
Wheel material Magnesium
Rear tires Michelin 315/45ZR17
Rear wheels 432/? 292
Wheel material Magnesium

road tests

Top speed 242 mph
1/4 mile 11.1 s
0-60mph 3.2 s
0-100mph 6.3 s
0-200kph 9.4 s
Distance 127 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.86 g
20.6km nurburgring time 7:11.0
Drag coefficient 0.32

power & handling

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


Engine make BMW S70/2
Displacement 6,064 cc
Cylinders V12
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.4 in / 3.4 in
Block material Aluminum
Cylinder head material Aluminum
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system BMW Valvetronic
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,513 lb
Width 75.6 in
Height 44.1 in
Length 168.8 in
Front track width 61.7 in
Ground clearance 4.7 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes
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