• Jun 8, 2009

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We hate the sight of a destroyed exotic, especially one so rare and exceptional as the McLaren F1. So we're glad to bring you this follow-up report from Santa Rosa, California, where one such supercar went up in smoke last week. And though it hasn't been fixed yet, journos on the scene report that the McLaren in question is being flown back to the factory in England to be repaired.

Ordinarily an engine bay catching on fire would be cause enough for a write off, but this is no ordinary vehicle. With a reported value in excess of $2 million (and being insured for $3 million), even if the repairs cost over a million by themselves, it'd still be well worth the effort and expense, especially if there hasn't been any real damage to the chassis. Check out the video after the jump, and follow the link to check out the full report at the Press Democrat where they quote the most authoritative source in the land. (Hey, one good turn deserves another.)

[Source: Press Democrat]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep that fireman with the ax away from the car. What the hell is he doing with an ax for a car fire anyway. He should have a bucket of AFFF.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Being in England, I'm surprised that at least even firemen can carry an axe. Seems like they should be arresting him while letting that juvenile gangbanger walk free with his "illegal" weaponry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guess who's getting the most expensive fire suppression system McClaren can provide?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see the recession hasn't hurt EVERYONE!

      I feel like I should send it flowers and a get well soon card.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I would bawl like a baby if that were my car.

      (Granted, I wouldn't have let it set in a garage for SIX MONTHS without driving it, but still...)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Heck, I had my 94 Regal sitting in my back yard for five months and I started it up once a week and let it run for a few minutes. And every couple weeks, I would take it for a spin around town and take it on the freeway...and a few times just open her up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to hate on your '94 Regal, but you mean to tell me, honestly, that if YOU had a McLaren F1 in your possession, you would just let it gather dust for half a year?

        Really?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You could buy the entire Viper franchise from Chrysler for the price of fixing this 1 vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Though this is sad (and funny at the same time) I still wonder how this played out....

      "Whats that smell!?"
      [sees flames in review mirror]
      "OH MY GOD!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      now its going to be salvage that sucks
      • 5 Years Ago
      this just begs for someone to yell "STAT!" like an emergency room.

      Get this car back to the factory, and try to save it!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had the chance to see this car in person at the Sunriver Festival of Cars. It was the sole reason for making the trip to central Oregon. It is a truly amazing piece of machinery that still stacks up well against modern exotics (19 yrs later).
      I'm glad he has the opportunity to have it repaired.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Transformer mid transformation. It's head will probably rotate from under the hood (bonnet?) soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's cool to learn that the owner periodically used the car to go on long-distant road trips. On this one, he was traveling from the North Bay to Oregon.

      That sounds like fun in any kind of sports car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought this kind of damage was 'unfixable' unless you had the original moulds... does this mean that McLaren actually have the original moulds?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since they have a factory that does nothing but recondition these cars for resale, I guess they must. It's not like you can body fill that stuff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        N:

        I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if the EU had similar laws for auto manufacturers that the US has in place. If a manufacturer wants to offer a car for sale, they not only need to crash test and emissions certify the vehicle, they also need to keep a certain amount of service/repair parts available for some amount of time (at least 10 years, I think).

        I know the F1s have been out longer than that, but I don't think parts for them are being consumed at a significant rate.

        Without my childhood love of cars like the F1 and XJ220, I don't think I'd own the cars I do now - nor would I even be reading anything like AutoBlog :p
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        McLaren is actually able to build entirely new F1's if they wanted to. Last time I talked to someone from McLaren they still offered a program where F1 owners could send their car back to the factory and have it personalized or converted to a base F1, LM, or GTR. I don't know if they do that since the introduction of the SLR but I always thought it was a really neat service to offer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Methinks the insurance company will want to know precisely why that fire occurred in this economy. Hmmmmm.
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