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BMW Super Bild Of The Day: McLaren F1 GTR “Longtail”

Interesting | April 19th, 2012 by 9
Mclaren longtail

OK, so it’s not a BMW, but it is powered by a raucous BMW V12 displacing almost 6 liters (5,999cc) and making upwards of 600 …

OK, so it’s not a BMW, but it is powered by a raucous BMW V12 displacing almost 6 liters (5,999cc) and making upwards of 600 bhp with a restrictor!

The original McLaren F1 was designed and engineered by Gordon Murray and production started in 1995. The GTR was designed for GT racing series like BPR Global GT Series, FIA GT Championship, JGTC, and British GT Championship. In 1997 the GT1 rules changes allowed for body modifications, the changes allowed for a much longer nose and tail, as well as a wider rear wing. Hence the name “Longtail”. At Le Mans 1997, the car reached 317 kilometers per hour (196.97 mph) on the Mulsanne straight!

Competing at Le Mans meant racing against many of their normal GT1 competitors from various series, as well as some unique cars which ran Le Mans only. McLaren first ran Le Mans in 1995, with all seven cars built at the time being entered. Although only six cars were being used in the BPR Global GT Series, chassis #01R which had been used as a McLaren test bed was also entered for the Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing team.

Prior to the race, it was assumed that a competitor in the WSC class of Le Mans Prototype would easily take the win, since they were custom built racing cars with no relation to street cars like GT1 cars. However during the race, various WSC cars succumbed to technical difficulties and dropped well down in the standings, while the GT1 class cars continued on without difficulty. In the closing hours of the race, five McLaren F1 GTRs were still racing while only three WSC cars remained.

A close battle in the final hours saw the Kokusai Kaihatsu McLaren competing against the Courage Competition prototype, with the McLaren finally taking the overall win in one of the shortest distances covered since the 1950s. Other McLarens finished 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 13th overall, with only two F1 GTRs failing to finish. In honor of McLaren’s achievement, the company created the five special F1 LMs for customers to mark the five finishers. The winning car, which was driven by Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya, and JJ Lehto, was retained by McLaren and never raced again

The car in today’s Super Bild is the official BMW Motorsport entry into the 1997 FIA GT1 class. Officially, BMW only entered this car for one season abandoning the series at the end of that same year.

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  • LaMa

    interesting fact that a street version had more HP then the race version !  Restrictor was used on the racing version while it was wide open on the street machine. 
    An another oddball thing that Mr. Bean had a burgundy colored F1 and managed to damage it. He T-boned a city train and while he was checked out by the paramedics He called McLaren and ordered a new one. Since the production already ended they had nothing but managed to get him an “almost” new car.
    The F1 can not be sold w/o a McLaren headquarters OK on the sale and the cars needs service at the main factory. Each major service cost about 70k Euro which includes the transport of the car to the factory and hotel accommodation for the owner in case she/he needs one while the car is in service. A rental car is also included but it is NOT an another F1.
    F1 comes with a specially made for the F1 tool kit and it is stored behind the side panel, which is a dedicated storage. I doubt that any owner would ever use the tool-kit for anything but the kit looks awesome with its red hard shelled case and quality tools. The cost of the tool kit in case it is lost or “sold” ?  well, a little over 5000 usd will get you a new set.

    The street car was the fastest production car its 0-100-0 time of 11.2s was since beaten by new comers like the Veyron, Maxximus, Ariel, SCC, etc. but still as of today no car that can sit 3 person is faster.  The F1 is capable of carrying a pair of girlfriends to a drive-outs or two drooling enthusiast.

    My 1st time seeing one and sitting in one was a great moment. I got to sit and start one of the factory race cars at the BMW Octoberfest. The mechanic had some issues starting it and while he worked on the engine, he asked me (the drooling kid sitting next to him) to try and start the car.

    Too bad I did not get to drive it :-)

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  • Giom

    I so wish another BMW motor would sit in the engine bay of the next F1. But, this will not happen. I also wish I could own one of these F1s, but this too, will never happen. :(

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