Former Andretti McLaren F1 filmed at McLaren San Francisco
November 10, 2011 – BrianZuk captures the detail of the legendary McLaren F1 road car. This particular car is Chassis Number 028, a red over cream combination built for race car driver Michael Andretti in 1995. The video shows the exterior, interior, pedals, gauges, engine, wheels, side luggage compartments, badges, key, trunk and more of this legendary McLaren.
The photographer offers his special thanks to McLaren San Francisco, especially Alessandro Ribola, who spent over two hours with him revealing the details of this magnificent car.
About the McLaren F1 Road Car
The McLaren F1 is a supercar designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. Originally a concept conceived by Gordon Murray, he convinced Ron Dennis to back the project and engaged Peter Stevens to design the exterior of the car. On 31 March 1998, it set the record for the fastest road car in the world, topping at 231 mph (372 km/h) with rev limiter on, and 240 mph (386.24 km/h) with rev limiter removed.
The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies; it is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than even most of its modern rivals and competitors despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars, with the driver’s seat located in the middle (and slightly forward of the passengers seating position providing excellent driving visibility).
The Ultimate Road Car
It features a powerful engine and is somewhat track oriented, but not to the degree that it compromises everyday usability and comfort. It was conceived as an exercise in creating what its designers hoped would be considered the ultimate road car. Despite not having been designed as a track machine, a modified race car edition of the vehicle won several races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, where it faced purpose-built prototype race cars. Production began in 1992 and ended in 1998. In all, 106 cars were manufactured, with some variations in the design.
In 1994, the British car magazine Autocar stated in a road test regarding the F1:
“The McLaren F1 is the finest driving machine yet built for the public road.” and that “The F1 will be remembered as one of the great events in the history of the car, and it may possibly be the fastest production road car the world will ever see.”