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1994 McLaren F1 'LM-Specification'

Updated: Aug 11, 2019

The Maclaren F1 is arguably one of the most desirable modern classics in the world today. To those at McLaren, and in the opinion of many car enthusiasts worldwide, the F1 is the ultimate road car. Some would further argue that it is the greatest automobile ever built.

The F1’s vision belonged to former Brabham Formula 1 designer, Gordon Murray. He had been enticed across to McLaren to fulfil every automotive designers dream brief - build the perfect production sports car, without limitations.

Within the production, a handful of beefed up F1’s were produced. The McLaren F1 LM is a track oriented edition of the McLaren F1 built to honour the five McLaren F1 GTRs that competed in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans finishing first, third, fourth, fifth and thirteenth places overall.

The F1 LM cars were equipped with full-specification, unrestricted GTR racing engines good for 680 hp, and a High-Downforce Kit consisting of a revised nose with front fender vents and a huge rear wing. The F1 LM is considered the fastest incarnation of the McLaren F1 road cars.

Following completion of the full production run in 1997, McLaren upgraded two “standard” F1 road cars to LM specifications. One being the example featured here - serial no. 018. This F1 was additionally equipped with the Extra-High Downforce Kit that exceeded the coachwork effects of the LM examples, including the front air vents and rear wing. These two cars retain their more comfortable interiors over the sparse LM trim.

Incredibly rare, 018 is equipped with the incredibly powerful F1 LM racing engine, which is effectively a derestricted 1995 GTR racing motor. Furthermore, with the factory-conducted body modifications, the car is estimated to have more downforce than the Le Mans–winning 1995 GTR race car.

Few people ever get to see an F1 in person, and even fewer have ever had a chance to inspect one up close, let alone slide past the butterfly doors and into its three-seater cabin. Perhaps two or three hundred people have ever had the privilege of driving one, and fewer still have ever realized the dream of owning a McLaren F1. If you have very, very deep pockets you may want to check out the listing for this car at RM Sotheby’s. Be warned, its set to fetch over 10,00,000 more than the other LM spec car that was sold in 2015.

See the full listing on the RM Sotheby’s site here

Images by Andrei Diomidov ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

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