If you've been following my posts in the past 24 months, I think by now you would realize that there's one particular vehicle that I admire above all others.
That, my friends, would be the McLaren F1. Ever since I laid eyes on it I've been hooked on it like a bad habit.
And now it's hitting the big 2-0.
What better way to celebrate this "round year," than by looking back at Autocar's high-speed test of the vehicle, which topped out at a staggering 243 mph?
...It remains one of the all-time automotive icons, and one of Autocar’s greatest road tests. The test was a landmark – not only for the staggering figures we recorded, but also because it was the only full performance test sanctioned by McLaren. Here’s what we said at the time:
The McLaren F1 is the finest driving machine yet built for the public road. It possesses more performance than most of the cars racing at Le Mans this year, but that is almost a side issue compared to its real achievement: that of containing such performance within a car that is without guile. A car that always inspires, never intimidates...