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THE SPORTING CLUB MONACO
ON THURSDAY 28 MAY 1992
Having won seven World Championship titles in the past eight Formula One racing seasons, the next logical challenge for TAG/McLaren has been to exploit its outstanding Grand Prix racing capabilities in the design of an entirely new order of high performance road car – the production McLaren F1. ▪ Our new McLaren F1 presents Formula 1 technology in road- going form – a high performance sports car, dedicated to driving pleasure, yet being habitable and spacious, capable, in fact, of carrying three tall adults and their luggage in great comfort. ▪ All manufacturers claim excellence, advance and high-technology in new products.Allmodern‘supercars’claimhigh-performance,lowdrag,head-turningstyle. ▪
But now McLaren Cars’ philosophy marks a completely new departure. Our thinking behind the McLaren F1 is genuinely different. Different but not new. McLaren Cars’ approach matches that of the earliest pioneers of motoring itself, combining a completely clean sheet of paper with leading edge technology. ▪ Because no avoidable compromise is acceptable in Formula 1 design, none has been accepted in our new F1 – no carry-over of existing components; no separated design of chassis and body; no expedient use of proprietary parts, nor any proprietary engine; no submission to passing fads or fashion. Unless the most penetrating engineering analysis has demanded it, the F1 does not feature it. ▪ A Formula 1 car simply adapted for the road, however, would be uninhabitable, impractical, harsh, vibratory – ferociously tiring. But Formula 1 technology applied unreservedly for the road – as in the McLaren F1 – marks an entirely new departure, a new dawn for high-performance motoring. ▪ This is the exclusive McLaren F1 – painstakingly redefining the Grand Touring ‘supercar’ and ‘driver’s car’ for the 21st century.
Mansour Ojjeh CHAIRMAN
OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN TO CREATE THE PUREST DRIVER’S CAR, A NEW BEGINNING, A DESIGN WHICH SIMPLY RE-WRITES ALL EXISTING STANDARDS
For many of us at McLaren, this opportunity to design and construct the ‘ultimate sports car’ has been a dream come true... ▪ We set out to develop the world’s finest driver’s car by applying Formula 1 technologies to offer Grand Prix-style capability, control and quality throughout; a car individually built and tailored to the most discerning of owners. ▪ We set out primarily to build our own car in our own way. As the programme progressed, we analysed and evaluated all existing mid-engined sports and ‘supercar’ designs. Our established objectives remained unaltered. Our target has been to create the purest driver’s car, compact and above all ultra-lightweight, to achieve optimum all-round performance. It also had to embody the most advanced engineering, intricate and elegant detailing and peerless quality – all to the standards hitherto found only in the modern Formula 1 racing car. ▪ An entirely purpose-designed engine and transmission were essential, combined with innovative modern structures, frontier aerodynamics and pure, balanced styling. Practicality was also vital, the finished car to be functional yet exciting to drive under all condition. ▪ This concept – targeted strictly upon minimal weight, maximum driveability and practicality – combined with our company heritage of exceptional performance, painstaking build quality and uncompromising safety standards – entirely merits the car being named the ‘McLaren F1’. ▪ We set out to produce the best roadgoing ‘driver’s car’ ever built – or ever likely to be built – and we are confident that this first McLaren production model represents the pinnacle of twentieth century high-performance sports car design.
Gordon Murray TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Download the full McLaren F1 Press kit from 1992.