How the McLaren F1 Became the World’s Fastest Car
In the 1990’s, everyone knew about and loved the McLaren F1. Why? Because it was the most insane car ever, at the time.
It all started when the F1 hit a speed of 231 mph in 1993 at the Nardo Ring in Italy. This rate of speed was unheard of at the time and it blew everyone away. However, in 1998, McLaren upped the ante.
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With Le Man driver Andy Wallace behind the wheel of an F1 and the instruction to “go fast,” he ripped down Volkswagen’s 5.4-mile straight at Ehra-Lessien proving grounds. After a few tries and some white knuckles, he managed to hit a speed of 391 kmh. After averaging out the top speed of multiple runs, McLaren recorded an average top speed of 240.1 mph. This top speed would make it the fastest production car of its time and cement the model in automotive history.
McLaren has just uploaded a video that shows just how this record was set, with commentary from Wallace himself. Check it out by clicking play below.
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