The brainchild of Formula One designer Gordon Murray, the McLaren F1 is, to put simply, in a class of its own. Murray had long held the dream of building a road car, and in 1994, he got his wish: the extremely fast and insanely expensive McLaren F1. Priced at over $1,000,000 per unit, only about 100 were built, and even at this price, they probably weren’t profitable. They relied on the most advanced space-age materials available, and were entirely built by hand, with precision that would shame Swiss watchmakers. The F1 was an unconventional mid-engine three-seater, with the driver in the middle, and despite its awesome power, was just as home on the road as on the track. It’s doubtful many of its owners ever used it to go buy some milk, though.
The take-no-prisoners credentials of the McLaren F1 were fully burnished by its engine, a 6-liter V12 producing a mind-blowing 672 horsepower, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The car could accelerate to 60 mph in a motorcycle-beating time of 3.2 seconds, all the way to a lose-your-license-and-go-to-jail-forever top speed of 231 miles per hour – that’s 370 km/h!
The 1994 McLaren F1, produced at the rate of about 25 a year until 1998, was a supercar among supercars, there simply is no other way to describe it.