• Jul 6, 2010
Le Mans-winning McLaren F1 GTR - Click above for high-res image gallery

In the book Driving Ambition about the story of the McLaren F1, chapter 19 begins with the following:
It would have been easy for McLaren Cars to bask in the simple afterglow of its achievement, and initially a relatively somber programme of production and detail refinement to perfect the model was all that was envisaged. But not high performance car manufacturer can legitimately expect to build a world-beater, without one or two prominent and enthusiastic customers becoming keen to prove its products' capabilities 'in anger'. Although there had never – ever – been any expressed intention by the McLaren team at Genesis to produce anything other than a purebred road car, through the summer of 1994 – as we have seen – enthusiastic sporting-minded customers began to persuade the F1's manufacturers to change their minds. Despite many qualms, they did just that.
And that, friends, is why the McLaren F1 GTR is so impressive. The F1 road car wasn't built just to homologate for racing. The motorsports program was an afterthought, one that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans outright on McLaren's first attempt as well as finishing third, fourth and fifth. You're looking at the winning car, driven by J.J. Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya, which was displayed by McLaren at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Enjoy the gallery below.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't they have to detune them for racing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's so beautiful and greatest car ever imo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For sale: 1 kidney, 1 lung, first born. Will accept trades for above car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'd throw in an arm and a leg as well, but then i realized i wouldn't be able to drive it if i did that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Daddy I want it : ( "
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is epic WIN. As others have stated, it was DETUNED to race at LeMans!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, but what are the nutty cross eyed small lamps half way up the hood for?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You must have at least two lights on at night at Le Mans or else you are disqualified. So you start with more than two so that if you lose a few you can keep running.

        Newer cars have changeable front clips so if you lose a light you just swap the front at the next pit stop. But with a car like this it would have been a really big issue to replace lamps.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best.
      Car.
      Ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The most accurate post ever written on Autoblog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love the F1....but Bbst car EVER ?.... sorry nope.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Airwolf paint job on this McLaren is awesome. One of the best looking liveries ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      beautiful car. Is it just me or do the headlight make it look like the car is drowsy?/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Greatest modern race car ba none, now fire it up and pit I against the zonda r, I wanna know just how quick the zonda really is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a race I'd love to see... but no matter what happened, the Zonda will never hold a candle to this in my eyes... & I LOVE the Zonda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd gladly burn down my house, and everything in it, for that thing
      • 4 Years Ago
      wish i were there!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seconded. Such an impressive machine.
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