More than twenty years ago, when car manufacturers in the world still had to produce supercars for their racing versions to participate in the GT1 race, then the world received great supercars. We used to have Porsche with 911 GT1, Mercedes-Benz with CLK GTR and we have McLaren with F1 legendary.
Many variations of this car were launched. The first is the basic F1 before the appearance of the F1 GTR racing variant. Then, F1 LM was released to commemorate the resounding victory of the McLaren F1 GTR in 1995 at Le Mans 24h. Finally, there are two upgraded versions of F1 HDK and F1 GT as well as F1 GTR Longtail, the main character in this article.
Only 10 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail were built in 1997 and this is the first of them, and also one of the two prototype cars used by McLaren for testing. This F1 GTR bearing frame number # 19R, first completed in the Goh racing team’s “Lark” shirt color, took part in Suzuka’s 1,000 km agon in 1997 but finished in ninth place. The car was sold to the Take One racing team in 1999 and entered the JGTC tournament. The car won a victory in 2001 before being retired a year later.
After retiring from the races, this McLaren F1 GTR was transformed into a street car by Lanzante and Gordon Murray Design. This car now also comes with a convertible to the original, going back to being a race car if the new owner doesn’t want to use it on the street.
On the Longtail variant launched in 1997, McLaren made some important modifications to the exterior to make the car more aerodynamic. True to the name of Longtail, the front and rear end are lengthened, the rear spoiler is larger to increase aerodynamics. The ground clearance is also raised to 70 mm instead of only 50 mm in the front wheel and 60 mm in the rear wheel like the previous generation.
McLaren F1 GTR Longtail is still equipped with a 6.0-liter BMW S70 V12 engine block that produces a maximum capacity of 600 horsepower. However, the manual gearbox on the car has been replaced by a 6-speed sequential transmission provided by the X-Trac. In the Longtail version, McLaren has lost this car so much that it only weighs 910 kg. The car has reached speeds of up to 317 km / h on the straight line Mulsanne, Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans 24h 1997.
Currently, all ten McLaren F1 GTR Longtail are present in famous collections around the world, so buying a car at the present time is not an easy task. However, this McLaren F1 GTR # 19R is currently for sale by Tom Hartley Jr. with the selling price required by the customer.
Photo: Tom Hartley Jr.
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