McLaren F1 – the flying monster beyond imagination

By Julia Roberts Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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The first thing that bears in my mind when it comes to McLaren F1 is its speed. Watching this super car running on the road is nothing than a flying monster. Yes, this car is flying. It feels like you can go till the end of the world with this McLaren F1. Some say that with this super car, you can aim for the Moon or even a trip to Mars. That is a funny comparison for you to imagine yourself how fast and impressive this McLaren F1 is in the car industry.

The sound of rushing air is shattered by a bark from the engine. This $815,000 McLaren F1 is propelled down the blacktop, and the suspension feels as if it is designed for landings. It is simply velvety. What is more, when the speedo needle reaches 125 mph, an instant shift which is so precise and mechanical brings 4th gear that thrusts you back into the bucket seat forcefully.
Well, that is the time you start to think about your survival. Your courage just runs out. In the next 5.4 seconds, green light flashes. The 5th gear puts you into a 150 mph speed. Like a bullet, this McLaren F1 shoots forward.

The McLaren F1 was first introduced in 1992. At that time, this car was unlike any other super car launched up. Why so? The McLaren F1 raced inspired design with a three seat configuration. The driver seat was in the middle, and all you can talk about this McLaren F1 is this super car was one of a kind. Furthermore, the McLaren F1 impressed people with carbon fiber monocoque chassis, and for the first time in the history, expensive and high-tech materials like gold, magnesium, and titanium were used in building a super car.

Some special edition models were introduced later on like the LM and the GT. Time flies, and now the F1 is already considered a classic. Let’s take a closer look at the facts and features relevant to this legendary McLaren F1.

Facts and features


The McLaren F1 is deeply inspired by race car prototype. The overall style and appearance of this super car are somehow similar to that of early 1990s super cars. If you still remember the Le Mans prototype, this F1 shares some similarities with that car with a rounded design.

The head lamps were put high on the front fenders. The nose is facilitated with the turn signals and daytime running lights. Besides, there are two large intakes that support the air to the front brakes underneath. Looking from the side, the McLaren F1 looked more spectacular. Watching the doors on the two sides reminds you of the amazing robot wings and hands in fiction movies like Transformers.

Furthermore, the swoopy waistline makes the McLaren F1 outstanding and unreal. The lack of the rear wing gives the car clean and classy appearance. The rear fascia is equipped with big round tail lights and a massive grille between them. The diffuser is subtle while the quad-pipe exhaust is mounted in the center. The unique appearance is contributed considerably by the roof’s fin-like element and long deck lid.


The most amazing and unbelievable feature of this McLaren F1 lies in its three seat configuration. The seat of the driver is put in the middle. Passenger seats are mounted toward the rear. Thanks to this design, the F1 has become the first super car with three seats instead of two.

Because of the seat arrangement, the dashboard has a symmetric design with steering wheel and instrument panel in the middle. The pedals, therefore, are placed in the middle of the cockpit thereby leaving room for passengers on the left and right.

Furthermore, the gear shifter is put on the right, and the hand brake lever is mounted on the left. With the aim of satisfying the super-rich individuals with high demands, the F1 is designed for comfort and flexibility. The floor is covered in soft carpet, and the remaining is wrapped in leather.

The cabin is facilitated with full air conditioning. The car, furthermore, is equipped with electric defrost and demist windscreen, remote central locking system, a CD stereo system and electric windows. It is no doubt a special and unique design for super car owners.


The power output and lower curb weight contribute a lot to the lightweight of the F1, thereby allowing it to run fastest in the world. The super car can reach from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds and 100 mph in 6.3 seconds. It takes the super car 28 seconds to hit 200 mph from the beginning. The F1’s top speed is 231 mph, which is quite impressive.

What is more, the steering knuckles and top wishbone are manufactured in an aluminum alloy. The lightweight wheels are wrapped in tires designed exclusively for the F1.


The McLaren F1 was priced at $815,000 in 1992 (about $1.4 million in 2016). This is the huge expensive car compared to other super cars. In spite of the price tag, McLaren already sold 71 road cars until 1998. Isn’t it impressive?

To sum up

If I had to choose a Top 10 super cars from the 1990s, I would be not hesitant to say McLaren F1 as No.1. This super car has everything you can imagine about the best vehicle. It is powerful, reliable and fast and contains a large amount of pioneering technology in the car industry. As the saying goes “The rich are different,” this is the car that will never disappoint you.

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