McLaren To Revive Iconic F1 Name For New Grand Tourer

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The McLaren F1 was McLaren's first ever road legal car and it took McLaren into the record books when it hit 391 km/h at Volkswagen's test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany on March 31, 1998.

The McLaren F1 cost £540,000 when it came out in the early 1990s and if you go searching for one today, you'll need deep pockets as the asking price is usually around £7.5–9 million (Rs. 66–80 crore). 

However, if you are in the market for a F1, you should wait for a few more years as McLaren's bonkers bespoke Special Operations division are working on reinventing the car as a hyper Grand Tourer (GT). Each car in the 64-unit limited run is expected to cost £2 million (Rs. 17.81 crore) when it is launched in 2018. 

The new F1 isn't going to be as fast as McLaren's P1 hybrid hypercar but it will be the quickest road car with three seats.

According to Autocar, the new F1 will use a tuned version of McLaren's 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 which will be pushing over 700 horsepower onto the road, making the new car the second most powerful production McLaren to ever hit the road after the P1. The new F1 is expected to have a top speed in excess of 322km/h (200m/h). 

Design wise the new car will carry over quite a few of the original F1's design highlights including the powered dihedral doors which also form part of the roof the car along with the roof scoop.

Inside, McLaren will modify its monocage structure on the P1 to help accommodate the three-person setup of the F1. The interiors will be bespoke to the car with custom switchgear and an exclusive luggage set as well.

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