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Supercars have been popular starting from its rise to fame during the 20th century when numerous cars were built to be successful supercars and so many others that were proven not so super at all. And the best of all these dream cars is no other than the ultimate McLaren F1, created by Gordon Murray and his F1 team. This F1 supercar is the fastest, and the most innovative of all 20th century supercars.

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  1. 1. MClaren F1 – Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Supercars have been popular starting from its rise to fame during the 20th century whennumerous cars were built to be successful supercars and so many others that were proven not sosuper at all. And the best of all these dream cars is no other than the ultimate McLaren F1, createdby Gordon Murray and his F1 team. This F1 supercar is the fastest, and the most innovative of all20th century supercars. Gordon Murray has been car engineer for other F1 supercars other than the McLaren’s. Hedesigned supercars for both McLaren and Brabham. McLaren boss Ron Dennis assigned GordonMurray to be the chief engineer of a road car to be produced. Inspired by the triumph of McLaren’sF1 team in the Grand Prix in Italy in 1988 from where the team won all 11 races in the season,Murray sketched a design of a supercar with a 3-seat design. It is indeed innovative since sports carutilizes only two seats. Unconventional as it is, he submitted his design to Rob Dennis for the roadcar project. With Peter Stevens assigned on the car design, they started building the supercar.
  2. 2. The production lasted for six years, from 1992 to 1998 and within those years, the team built106 F1 supercars. The seat design, although there were three seats, has still maintained the sportscar seat design allowing maximum road visibility for the driver. The other two passenger seats arelocated at the back. Aside from the good road visibility, the balance is kept at its best with the fueltank moved further on the front. The bat-like doors added to the car’s stunning style. Moreover, thedoor style accommodates the ease of access to the driver’s seat perfectly. The most important contribution of McLaren F1 to the automotive history is the engineeringmethod of using carbon fiber monocoque chassis structure. This construction technique is currentlya standard in the production of supercars. It’s only the F1 McLaren supercar which pioneered theuse of it. The supercar standard engineering formula of being lightweight and high powered wasutilized at its best through the use of a high performance V12 engine and the lightest carconstruction materials that can be used for a supercar. This engineering can only come from theinnovative mind of Gordon Murray. On the other hand, it may be an exaggeration to state that the F1 of McLaren is the perfectroad car. Indeed it can be considered as the ultimate road car but one of its flaws is its beingdangerous for unskilled drivers. It was made from lightweight construction materials and it uses ahigh powered engine. There is an obvious sign of danger there. McLaren F1 supercar was indeed a great success but because of the recession, thecommercial success of the car wasn’t achieved as greatly as its production. The car held the title ofbeing the fastest road production car which lasted for over ten years. Its top speed records reached371 kilometers per hour and 0-60 score in only 3.2 secs.
  3. 3. McLaren F1 - Supercar For Superman All superlatives of all the positive traits a car can have can be attributed to the superpowered supercar McLaren F1. Although it was created years ago, other cars still cannot encompassthe power and ability of this supercar. Maybe only Superman can make a challenge against this car. This F1 supercar uses a high powered BMW V12 engine with a capacity as large as 6 liters.It makes a horsepower of 627 and an incredible score of 0-60 in only 3.2 sec. It broke the recordwith its 231 mph speed. And that’s without its rev limiter. Even though other supercars had wonover this F1 McLaren’s top speed, they all utilized forced induction unlike this F1 supercar whichreached the amazing speed with natural aspiration. The McLaren team behind the production of this incredible supercar is headed by GordonMurray, the chief engineer. Peter Stevens designed the car. Their engineering method utilized thelightest components a car can have. They had unlimited financial resources for this F1 project sothey utilized materials that are pretty expensive. They utilized gold lining on the enginecompartment, titanium, Kevlar and magnesium. And setting a standard in the supercarmanufacturing, this car is the first one to have used a carbon fibre monocoque structure for thechassis. This McLaren F1 is built not for race track use but as a road car. Ironically, this F1 McLarenis as capable as a sports car and has even won championships in many races. Gordon Murray’s teambuilt the F1 McLaren as an exercise to achieve their dream of producing the ultimate road car. Afterthis F1 McLaren has proven itself as the naturally aspirated fastest supercar and made car
  4. 4. enthusiasts stare at its gorgeous style and design with awe, it can be considered that this F1 supercaris already THE ultimate road car. From 1992 where the production of this F1 car began up to the end in 1998, only a hundred and six F1 cars have been built. After the official debut and sale of the first F1 car by McLaren, the 5 F1 prototypes (XP1 to XP5) were built with varying designs and colors. These prototypes were all used by the McLaren Company for testing and publicity. The first two were destroyed. An American version of this F1 supercar was also built to meet the car regulations of thecountry. This model is called Ameritech and was modified to have reduced power and strictemission limitation. The seating is also modified. Other versions of this supercar include the five F1 LMs by McLaren to honor the five F1GTRs which won the Le Mans in 1995. Various modifications were also made for these F1 LMssuch as further reduction of weight, modifications on aerodynamics, change of wheels, a gearboxupgrade and the most prominent of all is the orange color design of these F1 LMs. McLaren F1 is indeed a vehicle that can match to the powers of a superhero like Superman.Who knows this may actually be Batman’s high powered vehicle? Anyway, this supercar F1 car byMcLaren has amazed thousands of car enthusiasts being the fastest car in the whole world. From themoment it debuted until today, the world still considers this F1 car to be the king of all speedysupercars.
  5. 5. MClaren F1 – Cool Car Cool car it is but McLaren F1 is more than everybody’s ordinary cool car. It’s a supercarthat has marked the history of automobile. This supercar is endowed with the most immaculateengineering methods in the time it was created and the mere creation of it is considered by many aturning point in the automotive history. The creation of this supercar starts all the way from the mind of the famous F1 car designerGordon Murray, the supercar’s chief engineer. He’s also the one who designed the BrabhamFormula 1 cars. Gordon Murray drew his first sketch design of a 3-seater race car while on his wayto go home from the 1988 Italian Grand Prix. After completing the sketch, he submitted it to RonDennis. From this sketch is where the dream of producing an ultimate road car occurred. And withthis, the production of F1 cars from McLaren became the practice into achieving the dream. Theproduction of the car started in 1992 and lasted for six years. At the end of the car’s initialproduction, 106 F1 cars by McLaren were manufactured, all have the same engine configuration butvarying in the design. The concept of design for this supercar is common among the designs of other high-performance supercars focusing on two properties: the car being lightweight but high powered. Thesupercar’s blueprint shows its lightness, the streamline structure and use of modern and hightechnologies like no other supercars have matched before.
  6. 6. Although with the power and speed of a track race car and has won numerous races, McLaren F1 isnot designed like one and is not intended to be one. Unlike a sports car, this supercar has threeseats. The driver’s seat is positioned at the car interior’s center and the two passenger seats aresituated at the backside of the driver’s seat. This odd design lets the driver to have the maximumview of the road with his passengers relaxing at the back. The car is built for the public road and isknown to be the finest road car today.The high power andlow weight propertiesof the car areobtained through theengineering materialsused which are quiteexpensive. This iswhat makes the cardifferent from anyothers, the use ofexceptional materials.These materialsinclude titanium,carbon fiber,magnesium, Kevlarand gold. Among allthe other carmanufacturers, theMcLaren is the firstone to produce F1 cars with the carbon fiber chassis through the monocoque technique. Many years have passed since the first production of this F1 car by McLaren but until today,it is still considered as the fastest road car. It had set the fastest car record in 1998 after itsproduction has ended by 231 mph or 372 km per hour. It has also record a speed of 0-62 mph at a3.2 sec and 0-100 mph at 6.3 sec. Because of its speed, built and the ground breaking engineeringtechniques done on this supercar, this McLaren F1 has indeed set a standard in the supercarengineering. MClaren F1 – Most Popular Supercar Looking for the most popular and the best supercar? Everybody have heard it before and upuntil now, it is still the world’s most popular supercar. What’s a better supercar than the ultimateMcLaren F1 car? Currently, this supercar is the most modern in design, the speed king, and maybethe most expensive supercar in the automotive market. Back in 1988, the leading F1 team, McLaren Cars, had built a goal of producing the world’sfinest car, not a sports car though but a road car. After ending the F1 season with victory, they havedecided to step up a level and start on reaching the dream. It was never a problem to them because
  7. 7. of their limitless sources of funds. Their strategy is to build a car with the best ratio of high powerand low weight while retaining everyday usage as a road car. On his way on meeting this grand achievement, the chief engineer Gordon Murray workedwith Peter Stevens, the car designer, to build a lightweight car. Using the latest and mostimpeccable engineering techniques, they used the lightest material and a V12 engine that has a hugecapacity. The engineering materials used were no joke as they are awfully expensive. These includegold, titanium, magnesium, Kevlar, and carbon fiber. Monocoque is used to build the chassis fromcarbon fiber. At the time they were doing it, they weren’t aware how their car engineering designwould break records and win several races in the future. After the four initial years of the supercar development, the first F1 by McLaren debutedofficially during the 1992 F1 week in Monaco. At that time, McLaren had finally revealed toeveryone what they were up to. This has made potential buyers and target customers to learn aboutMcLaren’s plan on building only a hundred of this car. Car enthusiasts were amazed by its stunningdesign and capabilities. Moreover, the car has also proven how fast it is by reaching 0-100-0 score in only 4 sec. Ithas also reached a top speed which broke the record through its 240.14 mph record. Competitorssuch as Ferrari and Porsche were not able to match the McLaren F1. GTR versions of this McLarencar have also been released and had won the 1995 Le Mans and then were held victors of the WorldChampionships of FIA GT. The engineering expertise of Gordon Murray’s team has made this achievement possible.The engine they created with the lightweight materials produced substantial heat and power. Thelining of the engine’s compartment is gold. The car also has air conditioning, which is already astandard.
  8. 8. The feature of thissupercar that has created amark in car innovations isthe seating design. Unlikeother high performancecars that have only twoseats, this innovative caris a three-seater. Thecentral part of thesupercar is where thedriver’s seat situated. Atthe back are twopassenger seats. Thedriver’s seat provides thebest view just like what arace car has. Aside from theseating, the modern design and the exceptional engine power, the McLaren F1 include with itspurchase a designed stereo, a customized golf back, a luggage, a modem, and full tool boxes. MClaren F1 - Top World’s Sports Cars Sports cars are dangerous vehicles, expensive and exciting and all of that are what makeseveryone wants to own one. The list of the world’s top sports cars has always included the fastest ofthem all, at least through natural aspiration, which is the grand McLaren F1. It has earned the titleof the fastest car of the 20th century. The F1 McLaren built has a speed of an absurdly fast 371 km per hr and reaches 0-60 inonly 3.2 seconds. A BMW V12 is used for the engine which has a 6.1 liter capacity. The supercarheld the title of being the fastest street legal production car in the whole world for thirteen yearsfrom 1994 up until 2005. This is the longest period of time a production car was able to hold suchrecord in the automotive history. After wonderful victories and championships of McLaren, the team decided to take theirability to a higher level by producing the ultimate road car. Gordon Murray drew the sketch for thisF1 McLaren supercar while he was on his way home from the eventful Italian Grand Prix in 1988.The F1 McLaren supercar engineering was led by Gordon Murray and designed by Peter Stevensunder the McLaren Automotive Ltd. This project was initially supposed to be a practice for theteam’s main objective of building the ultimate road car. Through the creative and innovative mindof Murray, using the lightest materials as components of the car and faultless engineeringtechniques and method, they have created what seems to be for most people the ultimate road caralready.
  9. 9. The car utilized lightweight materials such as magnesium, titanium, Kevlar and gold. Theproduction of McLaren F1 marked an innovation in the automotive history by being the first vehicleto utilize a chassis structure form carbon fibre monocoque. This method is now being done in theproduction of other supercars. This engineering design plus the use of the BMW V12 engineprovided the team with what seems to be the best power-weight ratio for a supercar. Aside from the lightweight components, the seating design of this F1 supercar is also anovelty in car design. Unlike how sports cars are built, this F1 McLaren car has three seats with thedriver’s on the middle of the car and the two passengers’ seats situated at the back. A sports cardriver seating arrangement is retained to allow maximum road visibility. Only 106 F1 McLaren supercars have been built from the beginning of its production in1992 until the end in 1998. The versions of this supercar include the five prototypes F1 XPs, five F1LMs (Le Mans), three GTS, one LP XM, sixty four street F1 versions, and twenty eight GTRs. AnAmerican F1 version was also built but was modified to meet the requirements of USA. Being aholder of being the fastest car for more than a century plus an elegant design and innovativeengineering structure, McLaren F1 can indeed be considered as the ultimate and the finest road carin the world. MClaren F1 –Top The Most Luxurious Cars The fastest and one of the most luxurious cars—that is what the supercar McLaren F1 is. And there is more to this car than those. It is not onlyluxurious, it is not only the fastest, but it’s also legendary as it marked the history of automotiveindustry with the genius and innovative engineering done on it. The existence of this F1 supercar of McLaren has first occurred in the mind of the carengineer of McLaren’s F1 team Gordon Murray. He did a sketch of a three-seat supercar andproposed the design to Ron Dennis. A team was created to continue on with the project. PeterStevens was assigned to be the car designer. The project was inspired by the victories of McLaren F1 team in several races. GordonMurray actually did the sketch while he was homeward from the 1988 Grand Prix in Monza, Italywhere McLaren dominated the season by being victors of the 11 races in the season. Victory wasvery sweet and it encouraged the McLaren F1 team to take their abilities up a notch by building a
  10. 10. supercar deemed to be fit in the title of an ultimate road car. Gordon Murray also designed theBrabham F1 cars. What’s noticeable in this supercar is its 3-seat arrangement. This is unlikely for a usualsports car seating arrangement that only has 2 seats. The driver’s seat in this F1 car is located in themiddle of the car interior and the passenger seats are at the back. The highpower plus lowweight formulaon buildingsupercars ismaintained inthe engineeringof this F1supercar. Theonly differencewith this is,because of thelimitless funds,the mostlightweight and,well, expensive,materials areutilized ascomponents of this McLaren supercar combined with a high powered V12 engine. Little didGordon Murray and his team know, this engineering technique would create the finest road carwhich held the title of being the fastest street production car for over a century! The lightweight components used in the car engineering were magnesium, titanium, gold,carbon fibre and Kevlar. The gold was used to line the engine compartment. Monocoque of carbonfibre was utilized for the F1 car’s chassis structure. This is an engineering technique that is widelyused, and is actually a standard already, in building supercars. This is how the production ofMcLaren F1 marked the history of automotive industry. Several prototypes of the car have been built for testing. The production F1 cars have provento have an excellent road performance while maintaining its everyday usage capability. The teststhat had been done proved the car being as safe as a regular sports car. From 1992 to 1998,McLaren Automotive has built 106 F1 supercars: 5 of which are prototypes called XPs, 5 are LMsin honor of Le Mans, 1 is an XP LM, 64 are street cars, 28 are GTRs, and 3 are GT. It continues tohold the title of fastest car on earth that is at least naturally aspirated unlike the supercars that havedefeated the speed record of McLaren F1.