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1994 McLaren F1

• When the McLaren F1 GTR stole the win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans event, McLaren Group decided to celebrate by creating unique F1s. These supercars are differentiated from their equally-beloved F1 counterparts by the designation “LM,” which stands for “Le Mans.” The LM models are equipped with GTR racing engines, commemorating the GTR’s international victory.

Design

• Still we accelerate. Just 5.4 seconds later, a green up-shift light flashes, appropriately positioned at the 7500-rpm redline on the tach in the center of the instruments. Into fifth gear at 150 mph. Still no lessening of acceleration thrust. The car—squat, stable, a green limpet on the road—shoots forward. Maybe there's space before the corner to grab sixth at 180 mph. Maybe.

Performance

• An instant after being launched by a hump in the road at over 100 mph, my view of the sky from the central driving position of the McLaren F1 supercar is pure Cinemascope. The moon could be our destination. In that airborne instant, I believe anything is possible. Forget the moon—with an engine this potent, let's aim for Mars.

Production

• It was also finished in a rare “Creighton Brown.” A 1994 McLaren — with special LM racing specifications — sold at RM Sotheby's for $19.8 million in 2019.