• Sep 3, 2009
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Some guys have all the luck. Fresh off his adventure chasing a Lamborghini LP670-4 SV around Millbrook with a Corvette ZR1, Steve Sutcliffe is back in front of Autocar's cameras -- only this time he's driving a McLaren F1. And not just any old McLaren F1. No, Mr. Sutcliffe is driving a F1 GTR -- one of the McLaren Le Mans winning race cars converted back to street duty. Chassis number 10 owned by Pink Floyd's drummer and certified auto maniac Nick Mason, to be precise.

So, what's the difference between a regular F1 and a F1 GTR? Weight. About 400 pounds. The F1 GTR barely tips the scales at an unbelievable 2,068 pounds. That's Lotus Elise territory. Yet it still packs the mid-mounted 617 hp BMW M Power V12. And instead of the regular F1 gears, the GTR sports much shorter (i.e. quicker) gears, which has the "who cares?" effect of lowering the top speed from 240 mph to 180 mph.

Before you get ahead of yourself, listen to Sutcliffe run through the gears -- it sounds as if he's whipping the car. And if you're not smiling when he says, "There's a very small, red dot in the mirror," we don't know what's wrong with you. Pay special attention to Steve's facial expressions throughout the clip -- they tell the full story. Oh, and the video has something to do with the new McLaren P11's debut, but frankly, we don't care.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy Crap. Listen to the overrun on that thing. Or when he's blipping the throttle on the downshifts.
      Every single manufacturer needs to be throwing bucketfuls of money at Paul Rosche to lure him out of retirement.
      That V12 is, bar none, no comparision imagined or possible, the single finest engine ever put into a road car. Period.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That BMW V12 in McLaren makes Ferrari, Lambo, Porsche engine look like a go cart motor
      HAHAHA!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh my god that thing is wicked sounding. I will one day become a
      billionaire and force one of the owners to sell me an F1. Don't care
      if I have to spend on a full time mechanic team etc that's car porn
      worthy of such money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why am i so poor?!

      FML
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is probably why there is seldom greatest car ever built lists on car shows anymore. Because every year the McLaren F1 deserves to win. Ever since 1994. And if it doesn't win we all know its BS because there is nothing quite as good as a McLaren F1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn...
      That is pretty much as awesome a day as you can have.
      That thing sounds incredible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      DROOL!

      (Irrelevant to topic... does anyone know what car this is? Looks like 1970s-ish Alfa coupe but I can't find anything.)
      i28.tinypic.com/2mcumbn.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks guys!
        A little googling reveals that it's an MGB GT hardtop. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like an old MG or Triumph to me
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a '60s MGB convertible :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      2,068 pounds and 617hp.
      the Veyron may be faster, but this car is superiour in every single way.
      It is the most amazing car ever made, and nothing will ever beat it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This specific car would probably accelerate head to head with the Veyron up to 180 easily.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing sounds like a jet taking off. Amazing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'Add to Favorites'
      I had goosebumps everywhere after hearing those throttle-blipped downshifts, woww :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        you're not alone man....... when he first downshifted my face was "wut....."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this video!!!
      IMO...This is the ultimate modern supercar!
      Several years ago Speedchannel had a special on Gordan Murray and the McLaren Supercar.

      The clip where they have Porsche C4S go head to head is so damn funny. Makes it look like a Yugo as the the McLaren just has blazing acceleration. lol

      Nick Mason is a very LUCKY MAN!
      • 5 Years Ago
      My god, I still can't stop jizzing over the sound...
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