Knowing MacLaren F1

Eleanor Hanson

What else can be a lot better than knowing cars that are excellent and at par with others. This car is an efficient car with mesmerizing appearance and is an effective performer. Anyone driving it will have the best driving experience he can have and will definitely have an awesome experience. On March 1998, the McLaren F1 became the fastest car in the world and even today, it ranks among the top 10 fastest cars in the world. The McLaren F1 initially started out as a concept vehicle conceived by Gordon Murray, who then convinced the executive chairman of McLaren Automotive and the McLaren Group Ron Dennis, to back the project. With the rev limiter on, it was able to achieve speeds of 231 mph and 242.95 mph with the rev limiter removed.


What make the McLaren F1 rank among the top 1o fastest cars in the world, is without a doubt its engine. The head of the BMW M division, Paul Rosche took it upon himself to design and build the engine. He managed to create a 6.1l V12, naturally aspirated engine which was given the name BMW S70/2. Gordon Murray wanted 550bhp produced from the engine and a total weight of 250kg. The end result? 618bhp weighing 266kg!


The ultimate objective was to create a lightweight body, which can yield maximum benefit from the power produced by the engine. The body/chassis of the McLaren F1 is another key reason, why the McLaren F1 after 14 years, is still one of the top 10 fastest cars in the world. It was the first production car in the world, to use a complete carbon fibre reinforced plastic monocoque chassis structure. Aluminium and Magnesium parts were used for connecting the chassis with the suspension system, in an attempt to further reduce weight and compatibility with the carbon fibre reinforced plastic. The doors of the McLaren are referred to as butterfly doors, as they opened upwards.


The McLaren F1 will hit 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and will go from 0-100mph in 6.3 seconds! It will do 0-150mph in 12.8 seconds and can go from 0-200mph in 28 seconds! If you’re still not convinced why the McLaren F1 is still one of the top 10 fastest cars in the world, it set the world record for the fastest production car in the world, with a limited top speed of 240mph!

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