A Polish man, Jacek Mazur, describes himself as an amateur mechanic. We think that's an understatement, based on what he built - an pretty awesome replica of the legendary McLaren F1. This isn't some Fierorarri type deal, either.

Mazur fabricated the car's tubular space frame, crafted the body, built a seat in the middle and dropped a BMW-sourced V12 in the back. This is quite possibly one of the finest replicar builds we've ever seen, featuring a degree of detail that Gordon Murray would be impressed by.

It took him eight years to construct, and will allegedly do 200 miles per hour, although as Car Throttle points out it'd take a rare degree of bravery for anyone to take a home-built car to such speeds. The total cost of the project, though, is what's most impressive - 20,000 pounds, or $32,708, making this mid-engined, V12-powered replica an equal in price to a nicely equipped Honda Accord. Amazing.

Take a look below to see a video interview from Mazur, along with images of the build process and scenes of the car in motion.


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        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        That'd be interesting. Could you imagine someone building the Chrysler Atlantic? It'd definitely break necks.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Judging by his previous builds he's definitely getting better at these replicas. The wheels are a little too "Tire-Rack" IMO, but I have to admit this looks really close to the real thing. If I saw it pass by me on the road I'm pretty sure I would have thought it was real. Yeah it can't perform like the real F1, but it's still an impressive build for a personal project.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        It has a BMW V12, so its performance might be at least somewhat genuine. Not like all the supercar replicas out there that either have the stock car's 140hp wheezy little 4 pot (or V6 in the case of the Fiero) or predictably drop a small block chevy V8 in there.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      really impressive! love the hammond seat :D hope he gets a feature on top gear!
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I had that kind of skill I would make my own design but I still admire his talent and passion for creating a replica of what is one of the most amazing supercars ever created.
      gtv4rudy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The man has amazing skill and talent.
      mawhalen53
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hard work and an enjoyable end product. It's not perfect, but it's a pretty good crack at the real design. Well done.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Respect.
      ShutoSteve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations Autoblog, you're only 4 years late to a story I tipped you to in 2009, that I also tipped Jalopnik to (I'm the writer of the original Cardomain Blog article). Difference being, Jalopnik used my tip, and you didn't. http://jalopnik.com/5223269/polish-man-building-mclaren-f1-super-car-in-garage
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice work. And it wouldn't be hard to make it as fast or faster than the real one. After all the F1 is not all that impressive. Just a lot of rich sheep who agree it is.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The guy has got skills.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I once worked as a sailing coach. there were two Polish immigrants hired to maintain & repair the boats at the sailing center. They were very good. Very skilled with wood, fiberglass, whatever. They worked hard and made boats like new in very little time. One of the guys lived on his own steel ketch that he had built by himself and sailed to the US from Poland. It was a beautiful tank of a vessel. I wonder is there something about the Polish culture that nurtures killer DIY skills?
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        they didn't have much for most of the time so they had to help themselves, i guess
      spanner76
      • 1 Year Ago
      yeah I kinda doubt it'll do 200mph.. so it closely resembles a real F1 but ultimately its aero efficiency won't be as refined as a real F1. Murray & McLaren spent years & millions designing and developing the original so it could get to its 240mph top speed while still be safe, stable and driveable. This thing with its tube steel chassis and fibreglass body would be absolutely pushing its upper limits getting close to 190-200! Even if it could get past 200mph it would be needing as much if not more power than the original to overcome the less efficient aerodynamics. Another example of this is the Hennessy version of new C7 Corvette. Its nearly 700bhp and can only just manage 200mph and that's a brand new factory developed aerodynamically advanced design.. Ok so its kinda cool and quirky but that's about it..
        Bandit5317
        • 1 Year Ago
        @spanner76
        The standard C7 has a top speed of 190 mph. You can bet that with an extra 240 hp it's good for a lot more than just 10 additional mph. That run was done on a closed off public highway. It would've been faster with a longer straightaway on a test track.
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