25 years have passed but the McLaren F1, the masterpiece of former F1 car designer Gordon Murray is still one of the fastest cars on the planet today. With its top speed of 386.7 kph, the F1 held on to the record of 'World's Fastest Production Car' for 9 years before the Bugatti Veyron smashed its record by over 20kph.
While it still holds the record for being the world's fastest naturally aspirated production car, another quirk of the F1 that has fascinated its fans. Now, 25 years after his million dollar car made its debut, Murray has revealed the real reason why he opted for a central driving position.
Asking a race car designer to design a road car means that even the smallest problems which would hinder a driver from going fast will get fixed. This means that something as crazy as putting the driver in the centre of the car just to get the pedal positioning right will happen, no matter how odd it seems to the regular car guy.