The McLaren F1 was unveiled at The Sporting Club in Monaco, on May 28, 1992. In all, 106 cars were manufactured, with some variations in the design. Five prototypes were made: XP-1, XP-2, XP-3, XP-4, and XP-5.
The McLaren F1's engine is a BMW M-built 6.1 L (6,064 cc) V12 engine named the BMW S70/2. Gordon Murray, a designer of the car, insisted that the engine be naturally aspirated. The S70/2 produces 618 hp (461 kW) at 7,400 rpm and 480 ft·lb (651 N·m) at 5,600 rpm and weighs 586 lb (266 kg). It also features an aluminum alloy block and heads, with 3.4x3.4 in (86x87 mm) bore/stroke, quad overhead camshafts with variable valve timing, and a chain drive for the camshafts. The engine has its rev limiter set to 7,500 rpm.
The normal McLaren F1 features no wings to produce downforce, although the overall design of the underbody of the McLaren F1, in addition to a rear diffuser, exploits ground effect to improve downforce which is increased through the use of two electric Kevlar fans to further decrease the pressure under the car. At the rear of the car is a small dynamic rear wing, which adjusts dynamically and automatically attempts to balance the car's center of gravity under braking, shifting the center forward with the brakes applied.
The McLaren F1 is a mid-engined car that uses a transverse six-speed manual gearbox with an AP carbon triple-plate clutch contained in aluminum housing. The McLaren F1 has an aluminium flywheel that has only the dimensions and mass absolutely needed to allow the torque from the engine to be transmitted. This is done in order to decrease rotational inertia and increase responsiveness of the system, resulting in faster gear changes and better throttle feedback. This is possible due to the F1 engine lacking secondary vibrational couples and featuring a torsional vibration damper by BMW. The F1 is rear-wheel-drive and contains a unique seating configuration with the driver in the front center and the two passengers on both left and right, slightly behind the driver, thus making the F1 a 3-seater.
The McLaren F1 has a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) acceleration time of 3.2 seconds, 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) in 6.3 seconds, 0-200 mph (0-322 km/h) in 28 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 11.045 seconds at 138 mph (222 km/h).
The McLaren F1 remains one of the fastest production cars by top speed ever made. On March 31, 1998, Andy Wallace drove the XP5 prototype at Volkswagen's test track in Ehra-Lessien, setting a then-new production car world record of an independently measured top speed of 240 mph (386 km/h), averaged from a minimum of 237 mph (382 km/h) and a peak speed of 243 mph (391 km/h) measured by McLaren. This was done with the rev limiter raised to 8,300 rpm.
Since then, the McLaren F1 has gone on to become the fastest naturally aspirated car in the world, while there are cars like the Koenigsegg Agera RS, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Hennessey Venom GT, and even the McLaren P1 that are faster than it but instead use forced-induction.
Shortened to McLaren F1, it appears as a Class S car, but with the maximum rank reduced to 1743. It is only accessible via the Luxury Pack, available for US$99.99.
It is unique in that it has a permanent, forced Absolute Armor booster on, even if the player already activated one; subsequently, the F1 cannot be wrecked, although AI-controlled F1s can be knocked down or wrecked.
The F1 is not useful in most Events in this game, although like with any other car in the game, the F1 is useful for Multiplayer and Career Mode races.
- Starting rank: 1497
- MAX rank: 1669 (+172)
- MAX+PRO rank: 1776 (+107)
- Tuning Kit bonus: +37
- Upgrade rank percentages: 2/55/2/41
- Speed Multiplier: 91.60%
- This was removed in the 2019 Holiday Update.
- Nitro efficiency: 5/10/15
The McLaren F1 XP-5's performance is almost exactly the same as the McLaren 675LT and 9FF GT9 VMAX, but with faster acceleration, slightly better total speed, and better handling, as well as a lower risk of random wrecks. Due to its Speed Modification of 91.60%, the XP-5 has an actual maximum speed of 301.7 mph (485.8 km/h).
Price and Availability
The McLaren F1 XP-5 was priced at 3,500,000 (same as the Ferrari Enzo Ferrari) to purchase. After the Multiplayer League Update, it was changed to 3,000,000 or 14,250. As of the Porsche Update, the McLaren F1 XP-5 required 20 Legendary McLaren F1 XP-5 BPs. Assembly took 11 hours to finish and could be skipped for up to 405.
As of the 2020 Halloween Update, the McLaren F1 XP-5 can be purchased for 2,550,000.
The F1-X5 was on sale for a limited-time during the following dates:
- January 2 - 8, 2020: 12,000
- June 25 - 29, 2020: 10,500
- July 24 - 27, 2020: 10,000
- September 10 - 15, 2020: 10,000
- November 26 - 30, 2020: 9,800 (23% off)
As of the 2019 Spring Update, upgrades cost 2,026,000 while Pro Kits require 674,400, 18 of each Class S Part, 32 V12 Engines, 36 Mid-Techs, and 24 Advanced Techs.
The McLaren F1 XP-5 counts towards the McLaren collection.
It was the 11th car to be released as a Multiplayer League reward, being part of the Solar Multiplayer Season which started on July 6, 2017. Players who finished in Elite League would get all 20 McLaren F1 XP-5 BP cards. It was later part of the 31st and 46th Multiplayer Seasons, Frostbite Season 3 and Octane Season respectively, which started on February 7, 2019 and March 9, 2020 respectively. Players who finish in Elite League would get the car, but if they already own it, a Free S Class Upgrade is awarded instead.
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