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Sunday, August 16, 2009

McLaren F1 LM

In 1995, the McLaren F1 cemented its place in history by winning the Le Mans endurance race at the first attempt. Not only did the F1 GTR finish first, it also occupied 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th places when the flag came down after 24 gruelling hours.

To celebrate this extraordinary feat, McLaren created a limited edition of just five McLaren F1s -- one for every F1 GTR which finished the race. Known as the LM (for Le Mans) the concept was to transform the GTR into a road-legal car with the minimum of modifications.

The list of changes to the standard car was significant and included engine, aero, set-up and weight reduction of 60 kg. As a result the LM runs the most powerful engine of any F1 using a 1995 GTR engine without air restrictors to produce 80 horsepower more than the racecar. The LM also features the GTR aerodynamic set-up which consists of a carbon fibre splitter, wheel arch extensions, side skirts and a high downforce rear wing to further enhance the performance and grip of the standard F1.

As a tribute to the memory of Bruce McLaren, all the F1 LMs were painted in the same Papaya Orange that was used on Formula One and Can Am cars in the 60s and 70s.

As a result the F1 LM not only became the fastest accelerating F1 of all, but also the most coveted as the ultimate translation of the ultimate supercar.

engineBMW 70/2 60 Degree V12
positionMid Longitudinal
valvetrainChain Driven DOHC w/Continuously Variable Inlet Valve Timing & 4
displacement6064 cc / 370.0 cu in
bore86.0 mm / 3.39 in
stroke87.0 mm / 3.43 in
power498.1 kw / 668.0 bhp @ 7800 rpm
hp per litre110.16 bhp per litre
torque705.0 nm / 520.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
redline8500 rpm
drive wheelsRWD w/Torsen Differential
body / frameCaron Fibre
front brakesUnassisted Vented Discs
f brake size332 mm / 13.1 in
rear brakesUnassisted Vented Discs
r brake size305 mm / 12.0 in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 27.6 cm / 18.0 x 10.85 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18.0 x 13.0 in
front tire sizeF MXX3 275/35ZR18
rear tire sizeR MXX3 345/35ZR18
steeringUnassisted Rack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Light Alloy Dampers, Co-Axial Coil Springs, A
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Light Alloy Dampers, Co-Axial Coil Springs
weight1062 kg / 2341 lbs
wheelbase2718 mm / 107.0 in
front track1570 mm / 61.8 in
rear track1464 mm / 57.6 in
length4365 mm / 171.9 in
width1820 mm / 71.7 in
height1120 mm / 44.1 in
transmissionTransverse 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.23:1, 2.19:1, 1.71:1, 1.39:1, 1.16:1, 0.93:1
final drive2.37:1
top speed362.1 kph / 225.0 mph
0 - 60 mph2.9 seconds
0 - 100 mph6.7 seconds


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