McLaren F1

McLaren F1  
Model Years 1994-1998
0-60 (sec) 3.2
Top Speed (mph) 231
Torque (lb-ft) 480
Horsepower 618

Released in 1994, the McLaren F1 quickly became a legend. It featured a BMW-sourced 6.1 liter V12 and featured the best power-to-weight ratio ever with 4 lbs/ horsepower. Ironically, the most unique thing about the F1 was its seats. Rather then the traditional two-seat setup with the driver sitting on either the right or left side based on their country's roads, the F1 featured the first ever 3 seat setup. The driver sat up high right in the center of the cockpit, with two seats for passengers on either side and just behind the driver. The driver's seat was custom tailored for each driver and was lined with the finest leathers money could buy. All that luxury didn't come cheap. In 1994, the new F1 cost $970,000. In 1998, at a ractetrack in Germany with a 5-mile straight, the F1 was taken up to a top speed of 231 mph, destroying the record previously set by the Jaguar XJ220 by a whopping 18 mph. Because the car didn't feature any turbochargers or superchargers, the F1 remains the world's fastest "naturally aspirated" car in the world because every car that succeeded it used turbocharging to beat the F1's top speed.


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