What Made the McLaren F1 the World’s Greatest Car

The McLaren F1 turns 25 years old in 2017. Owners, drivers, and the team behind it give us the full story of this astounding vehicle.

THE LAST GREAT ANALOG CAR WAS BUILT, in 107 examples, between 1992 and 1998. The roadgoing version had a world-first carbon-fiber frame; a 627-hp, 7500-rpm BMW V-12; a six-speed manual gearbox; and a driver’s seat mounted in the middle, aping an open—wheel race car. You did not get anti-lock or power brakes, traction control, power steering, or anything resembling an electronic safety net, despite the fact that the car cost nearly $1 million at launch.

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