Friday, February 22, 2008
Whenever one thinks of supercar, the word McLaren comes into mind. One of the most significant icons in the supercar world is the McLaren F1. It has represented the supercar and achieved this honour by holding the title of Fastest Production Car for 12 years. The F1 was the fastest car ever built until the record was broken in 2005. The key behind the McLaren F1 was light-weight, high-power. The BMW M designed 6.1Litre V12 was chosen. The engine was rated at 550hp. Surprisingly, the F1 has a lower drag coefficient than the two fastest cars: the SSC Ultimate Aero TT and the Bugatti Veyron. Everything in the McLaren is about high performance. All the brakes, suspensions, tires, exhausts, all the parts are racing parts, light and efficient. The highest speed attained was 386.7km/h. This remained the record for 12 years. Throughout those 12 years, different versions have been made including Le Mans versions and GT versions. The legacy of the F1 will always remain.