May 28, 1992. Die-hard McLaren enthusiasts immediately recognize this date as the launch of the greatest supercar of the 1990s. Sure we’re talking about the McLaren F1, and only 106 were built from 1992 until production ended in 1998. Please note that this number includes prototypes, road cars and race cars, so seeing just one is a rare event. Having 13 in one place is something really special.
Celebrating F1’s 30th anniversary is a special occasion, and that’s what this video from the Seen through the glass Youtube channel. Organized by classic driver and Kiklo Spaces, the event took place in the UK on September 13 and featured a bit of everything from the McLaren F1 world. According classic driver13 vehicles were part of the celebration, including five road cars, five GTR race cars and three Longtail racers, one of which was a prototype.
The video takes us through the collection while providing interesting stories relating to some of the cars. The first is for a grey/silver two-tone road car built specifically for the founder of Uneo Clinic in Japan, the company that sponsored the Le Mans-winning GTR in 1995. The founder wanted to buy the actual race car, but McLaren instead built a unique road car wearing the same colors. Another F1 road car in hand was initially given to Michael Andretti, who briefly raced in Formula 1 with McLaren before being replaced by Mika Häkkinen.
The cars were certainly the main attraction, but the rally also featured a special collection of F1-related items. Of particular interest is a specialist toolbox that every F1 buyer has received. Since McLaren had no service centers in the 1990s, the tools had to be used by McLaren engineers if on-site maintenance was required at the owner’s site.
With its BMW-sourced 6.1-litre V12 producing 618 horsepower, the F1 easily claimed the title of world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 240 mph. The record stood until 2005 when the Bugatti Veyron hit 253mph, but 30 years after F1’s debut it is still among the fastest road-legal supercars ever built.
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