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The McLaren F1 was a car far ahead of its time when the British carmaker revealed it to the world.
The three-seater F1 used gold as a heat shield for its engine and was the first production car with a carbon fibre monocoque chassis. It also made use of otherhigh-tech and expensive materials such as titanium and kevlar long before other supercar makers decided to use them in a similar fashion.
It was no surprise that the BMW V12 powered McLaren F1 broke the RUF CTR top speed record at Volkswagen's Ehra Lessien test track by hitting an average top speed of 240.1mph (386.4km/h).
The McLaren's record is still the fastest speed recorded in a car powered by a naturally aspirated engine. However, Volkswagen's hypercar brand Bugatti finally managed to remove the McLaren from the top of the speed charts in 2005, 12 years after the British car claimed the record. The Bugatti Veyron hit a top speed of 253.81mph (408.47km/h) to displace the F1 and in the process became the first production car to cross 400km/h.
Now, almost 14 years after the F1 set the record, McLaren have released some previously unseen footage of the McLaren F1 setting the world record which features anecdotes from driver Andy Wallace as he closed in on the record.
The F1 was McLaren's Halo car from the 1990s. Nowadays, that space is occupied by the P1 and its track based derivative, the P1 GTR. Click the image gallery below to view images of the P1 GTR.