McLaren F1 GT 

  • 1997
  • 618 HP 6.1L
  • 240 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

Top speed

240 mph
Roadster Base
119 mph

Data points Key details of the McLaren F1


618 HP
Roadster Base
284 HP
McLaren P1
903 HP


482 ft-lb
918 Spyder
944 ft-lb
Roadster Base
201 ft-lb

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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
Year 1997
Highest auction price 1997 McLaren F1, $3.921M, October 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.34 lb/hp
Maximum hp 618 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Maximum torque 482 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 432/? 229
Rear wheels 432/? 292

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,684 lb
Width 76.4 in
Height 47.2 in
Length 194 in
Front track width 63.8 in
Wheelbase 107 in

road tests

Top speed 240 mph


Drivetrain RWD w/Torsen Differential
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears


Displacement 6,100 cc
Cylinders V12
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.39 in / 3.43 in
Valvetrain DOHC
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