McLaren F1 For Sale

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This looks to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a mint McLaren F1 – arguably one of the greatest road cars of all time. In totally original condition down to the correct numbered McLaren F1 book and limited edition owner’s watch presented on delivery, it’s only got 2800 miles on it!

The McLaren F1 is regarded by many as the car which rewrote the supercar rule book. With only 64 roadcar examples built between 1993 and 1998, the original McLaren F1 is one of the rarest and highly-regarded models among collectors, enthusiasts and petrolheads. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) continues to maintain and manage McLaren F1s globally, and is offering one of last ever and finest examples of this highly-regarded model for sale. McLaren F1 chassis #069 is in factory condition, having covered less than 2,800 miles since new.

During 1998, only six examples of the original McLaren F1 were completed, and chassis #069 was the 60th model overall to be hand-built in Woking, England. It is presented in Carbon Black complimented by subtle detailing throughout, including a stealth finish to the 17-inch centre-locking magnesium wheels. The central driving seat is finished in black and contrasting red leather, with the dual passenger seats upholstered in Alcantara®.

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McLaren F1 chassis #069 is UK registered with all UK taxes paid and offered for sale exclusively through McLaren Special Operations Heritage division with fitted luggage, complete Facom titanium lightweight tool kit and Facom tool box, all books and literature, including the correct numbered LM Edition of the ’Driving Ambition’McLaren F1 book and limited edition McLaren F1 owner’s watch.

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Jenson to join Race of Champions

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McLaren’s Jenson Button has become the latest Formula 1 driver to sign up to Race of Champions in London later this month.

The 35-year-old 2009 world champion joins four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo at the event which will be staged at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 20-21 November.

Button will compete in the main event and partner endurance sportscar racer Alex Buncombe to represent Great Britain in the Nations Cup.

“I can’t wait to be back at the Race of Champions again – and especially to be racing at home at London’s former Olympic Stadium,” said Button.

And of you want to get yourself in the mood for the event, here’s a 25 minute recap of last years event in Barbados

 

Formula One Preview with Allan McNish

If you want a decent (half hour) preview of the new tech, team updates and various other bits and pieces before the F1 season starts in earnest down in Australia in March, may I humbly suggest this interview with Allan McNish (who is also the latest addition to that class BBC F1 team).

Ayrton Senna NSX For Sale

Senna NSXIf you ever wanted to own a piece of automotive history, Top Gear has the details on the upcoming sale of this NSX owned by the legend known as Ayrton Senna. Given he was part of the reason this 20 year old supercar was as good as it was, it seems like the perfect way to pretend you can drive half as well as he could. And if you’re still not convinced, watch him take the NSX around Suzuka (white socks and all).

The Ghost of Ayrton Senna – Suzuka 1989

Taking the actual data from Senna’s car at the 89 Grand Prix, Honda recreated his drive using light and sound.

(video link courtesy of my little brother back in the UK)

McLaren P1 – Details Released

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Today must be my lucky day – McLaren decided to release a decent chunk of details on the upcoming P1, just so teenage boys (and grown men like me who act like teenage boys when a new supercar comes out) everywhere could drool over some new pics and completely outrageous performance numbers. So, lets start with the money – 866,000 Pounds (of the Great Britain variety), which when translated into my current currency, gives us $1,313,029.20. That 20 cents is important. And before you start crying about how much that is for a car, if you take a step back to the last time McLaren released a road/race car for purchase (F1), and look at their current prices compared to purchase price (they’re higher), you can consider this more of an investment with giggles and grins than a car purchase. Maybe. At least that’s what I would be telling myself if I had that sort of money in the bank. And McLaren are pretty much guaranteeing resale value by keeping the number of P1’s for sale down to 350.

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And performance – what do we get. Well, to be honest, lots. And lots. 217 mph top speed (electronically limited!), 0-62mph in less than 3 seconds, and 0-186 mph (or 300 km/h in new money) in less than 17 seconds! A mid-mounted 3.8 liter V8 with twin turbos spits out 903 bhp and 663 ft/lbs of torque with the assistance of an electric motor – apparently you can even run the car on just the electric motor if you’re heading into a no-emissions city zone. But we all know the real reason – F1 developed DRS for a straight line speed boost, so you can pretend you’re Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button on the track (or highway) of your choosing.

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The interior doesn’t look like a bad place to hang out either. It comes equipped with apparently all you need for road and track use, and the only real option (outside of something totally custom from McLaren Special Ops (yes, they really have that department to cater to your every custom wish)) is the luggage set designed to fit in the limited space available in the car. As has previously been reported, McLaren decided to go with the more traditional two up front approach this time, rather than the single seat driver and two rear seats like the previous F1 incarnation.

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I’ll leave you with a shot of the brake, just in case you were worried all that speed and carbon fiber weren’t going to be able to stop you on time. Those things look huge and capable – McLaren told us this about them

Developed by McLaren’s Formula 1 partner Akebono, the system features a new type of carbon ceramic disc, which has previously seen service in space, but never before used on a road car. Stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, the material dissipates heat more effectively, giving the highly efficient braking system exceptional stopping and cooling capability. 

Oh, and they’re lighter as well.

So, if this hasn’t gone to the top of your want list for cars, check your pulse (but I’ll have mine in a color that isn’t yellow please).

McLaren P1 – The Next Great Supercar

We’ve all been waiting for the day that McLaren updates its iconic F1 model (which can still more than handle it’s own despite being 20 years old), and it looks like this will be the year. The pics in this post are previews of the “design study” McLaren is releasing at the Paris Motor Show to give the world a glimpse of what whill hopefully be coming out in the not too distant future.

Not specs or technical details have been released yet (although I’m sure you can find lots of speculating if you use “The Google”), so just make do with the pics for now. I’ll obviously post any new information if I hear it. 

 

Formula 1 is coming to the US

And everyone is getting very excited. Including Red Bull. Looks like I know where part of my vacation is going to be spent next year…..