Even if more than 20 years old, the McLaren F1 is still one of the most appreciated cars ever. It is fast – broke speed record at its times – looks good, drives amazing… In short it is an icon.
So this news should come as no surprise to anymore. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) took unit number #63 and completely restored it. For those of you who will be there, the restored F1 can be seen at the Hampton Court Concours d’Elegance on September 6-8.
The restoration program took no less than 18 months, but the result is amazing. MSO started by taking the body and the drivetrain down from the car. The interior was trimmed in the original Semi Aniline leather and finished in Woking Grey. The Semi Aniline leather was combined with Grey Alcantara® on the dashboard and the perforated passenger seats. The steering wheel was replaced from MSO’s stock of original parts, with the original retained by the owner for historical reference.
The body panels were painted in the original Magnesium Silver paint – a process that took 900 hours!
The 6.1-litre normally-aspirated engine was also completely rebuilt and tested: no worries, it still delviers the amazing 618 horsepower.
The entire restoration process took 3,000 hours of work including final road and track testing.