McLaren F1 Supercar project celebrates 20th birthday

McLaren F1 Supercar project celebrates 20th birthday

The motoring world has seen some legendary supercars produced throughout its history, but few are as revered as the much loved McLaren F1. It was exactly 20 years ago that a team of engineers and designers came together in an attempt to ambitiously build “the finest sports car the world had ever seen.” Even though the official F1 road car didn’t hit the street until May 1992, McLaren is celebrating 2010 as the 20th anniversary of the F1 project. The F1 did show the importance of lightness, packaging and daring supercar design.

Over the course of four years, McLaren produced 64 F1, five F1 LM and three F1 GT road cars, along with 28 F1 GTR racers and six prototypes for testing. By the end of its production schedule in 1998, the F1 had become the world’s fastest production car, a title now reserved for the Bugatti Veyron. But the McLaren still holds the record for fastest naturally aspirated road car. Beyond that, the F1 won respect on the track for dominating the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as winning the GT1 championship in the same year.

To celebrate the occasion McLaren Automotive celebrated the F1’s 20th anniversary by inviting owners, past and present, to a dinner at the automaker’s technology center in Woking, England. A large display of 21 road and race F1s was also present. Looking to the future, McLaren will begin production of the MP4-12C supercar, followed by a new line-up of performance cars, all built in-house. Only time will tell if these new machines will have the same timeless appeal as the F1.

Check the gallery below for images of the F1.

The motoring world has seen some legendary supercars produced throughout its history, but few are as revered as the much loved McLaren F1. It was exactly 20 years ago that a team of engineers and designers came together in an attempt to ambitiously build “the finest sports car the world had ever seen.” Even though the official F1 road car didn’t hit the street until May 1992, McLaren is celebrating 2010 as the 20th anniversary of the F1 project. The F1 did show the importance of lightness, packaging and daring supercar design.

Over the course of four years, McLaren produced 64 F1, five F1 LM and three F1 GT road cars, along with 28 F1 GTR racers and six prototypes for testing. By the end of its production schedule in 1998, the F1 had become the world’s fastest production car, a title now reserved for the Bugatti Veyron. But the McLaren still holds the record for fastest naturally aspirated road car. Beyond that, the F1 won respect on the track for dominating the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as winning the GT1 championship in the same year.

To celebrate the occasion McLaren Automotive celebrated the F1’s 20th anniversary by inviting owners, past and present, to a dinner at the automaker’s technology center in Woking, England. A large display of 21 road and race F1s was also present. Looking to the future, McLaren will begin production of the MP4-12C supercar, followed by a new line-up of performance cars, all built in-house. Only time will tell if these new machines will have the same timeless appeal as the F1.

Check the gallery below for images of the F1.

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