The McLaren F1 is 20-year-old exotic that was the most expensive production car in the world when it went on sale for 540,000 pounds. That's about $810,000 US at current rates; in 1995, however, while the pound-to-dollar exchange rate was about the same as today, the automotive world hadn't got used to there being a new million-dollar car announced or launched every quarter.

McLaren brought the production prototype of the F1 LM to the Geneva Motor Show to offer another look at what was. This was tester for the production version of the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR, of which five would be built. It carried over the race car's aero accoutrements like the wing and extra venting but shed the restrictor, making 680 horsepower from the 6.1-liter BMW V12 – the standard F1 made 627 hp.

Twenty years is a long time to be put on a pedestal, but the innovation and the results prove it still belongs there. We'll find out this year if the P1 has the right to join it.


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      Egg
      • 1 Year Ago
      No traction control. No stability control. A true 3 pedal manual transmission. A drivers car. My kind of car.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      This and porsche 959 are still the pinnicle of supercar engineering from the past.
      Drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      To this day still the finest sports car ever made...
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn, this thing still looks better than any supercar today.
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was my poster as a kid and I still love this car to death. I hope someday I can afford to have one in car collection but really who doesnt?
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      I almost mistook this for a new car at first glance. Just make a few tweaks and start building the F1 again! The world needs more 1+2 seater sports cars :)
        lee_york
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr E
        Totally agree about a 1 + 2 configuration. The F1 was stunning in every way.
      Tom Bryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      still looks better than the over styled P1
      Ricardo E Callado
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should just replaced the aluminum with carbon fiber, make some tweaks , make it more rigid and just called it P1. I would take this anyday over the new P1. Look a those lines!!!
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      more than 2 decades later and still looks fresh
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would still rather have this over and P1, hell pretty much almost any car out there today.
      Justin B.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even after twenty years the F1 still looks ahead of its time. Even more incredible is that it is just as capable as today's best supercars.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still hot sexy sex
        capn233
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        The McLaren F1 is the cougar of automobiles.
        Steve Ross
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        cougar is right an old lady with a good body but doesn't quite proform as well as it use to.
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