The F1 GT was the last homologation special version of the McLaren F1 GTR race car, which in turn was based on the McLaren F1 road-going supercar.
Is the standard McLaren F1 too common for you? The F1 GT may be the answer to your problem, as just three were produced as Le Mans homologation specials. As the briefest glance will tell you, the primary change from regular (“short-tail”) F1 to the GT variant is the long tail and improved aerodynamics. That’s because the F1 was originally intended not to race, but rather to be the ultimate road-going supercar. It accomplished that in spades, but when it was finally decided to race the F1 at Le Mans, testing showed that to achieve the high speeds required and to be competitive, the GT would require the aerodynamic improvements. The Le Mans variant was known as the GTR, and it managed to secure second and third place at the 1997 race, proving that the modification program was largely a success. The road-going version was also a success from an enthusiast’s standpoint—an incredibly rare version of an already superlative car—perhaps the closest a lucky driver can come to taking one of McLaren’s incredible race cars out onto a public road. Or, more appropriately, a track with a straight long enough to explore the F1 GT’s top speed, if you dare.
Should the need arise, the McLaren F1 GT is ready to go straight to the track. Should the open road be its home, rest assured anything that comes up in your rear-view mirror will get smaller very fast if need be. Driving a car that was once the "fastest production car in the world" is something to relish.
The F1 GT retains the same 6.1 L (6,064 cc) naturally aspirated V12 engine from the F1, the BMW S70/2, with identical power and torque specifications, despite that in the Xbox One Forza games, the McLaren F1 GT's power output is erroneously shown as 618 hp (461 kW). This is due to a misconversion of its previously correct power output of 627 hp (468 kW) from metric horsepower (PS) to brake horsepower (hp).
The F1 GT is longer than the standard F1 and features a long tail and improved aerodynamics. It has faster acceleration than the F1, with 0 - 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and 0 - 100 mph (161 km/h) in 6.9 seconds. It has a lower top speed, though, at 226 mph (364 km/h).
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