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1998 McLaren F1

• The 1998 McLaren F1 is a historic car. After all, 1998 marked the end of the brief McLaren F1 production period. So the 1998 F1 is technically the latest version of this car you could own. The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by British automobile manufacturer McLaren Cars, and powered by the BMW S70/2 V12 engine.

• The original concept was conceived by Gordon Murray. Murray was able to convince Ron Dennis to back the project. He engaged Peter Stevens to design the exterior and interior of the car. On 31 March 1998, the XP5 prototype with a modified rev limiter set the Guinness World Record for the world's fastest production car,

Design

• The McLaren F1's engine compartment contains the mid-mounted BMW S70/2 engine and uses gold foil as a heat shield in the exhaust compartment Gordon Murray insisted that the engine for this car be naturally aspirated to increase reliability and driver control. Turbochargers and superchargers increase power but they increase complexity and can decrease reliability as well as introducing an additional aspect of latency and loss of feedback. The ability of the driver to maintain maximum control of the engine is thus compromised.

• Murray initially approached Honda for a power plant rated at 410 kW (550 hp; 557 PS), with 600 mm (23.6 in) of block length and a total weight of 250 kg (551 lb), it was required to be derived from the Formula One power plant in the then-dominating McLaren/Honda cars. When Honda refused, Isuzu, then planning an entry into Formula One, had a 3.5-litre V12 engine being tested in a Lotus chassis. The company was very interested in having the engine fitted into the F1. However, the designers wanted an engine with a proven design and a racing pedigree.

Performance

• reaching 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h),[5] surpassing the modified Jaguar XJ220's 217.1 mph (349 km/h) record from 1993. On 31 March 1998, Andy Wallace set the record for the fastest road car in the world, topping at 231 mph (372 km/h) with rev limiter on, and 242.95 mph (391 km/h) with rev limiter removed.

Production

• One of the very last (second to last, to be precise) ones released for street-legal driving sold at auction for $13.8 million, setting a new benchmark for McLaren F1s produced during the latter half of the run.

• 1998 was the end of the McLaren F1 era, making the few F1s released during that year particularly valuable to collectors. The rush to buy up the few 1998 F1s was intense, and demand for these supercars hasn’t lessened with time.