F1 THE FASTEST
MODERN SUPERCARS SHOW HOW PHENOMENAL THE MCLAREN F1 WAS
It seems like every month there’s a new supercar on the way with the potential to hit 480km/h and having around 1500 horsepower. Koenigsegg, McLaren, Hennessy, SSC Tuatara (which sounds like an Indonesian food dish) and of course Bugatti are all chasing that speed. Electric power is now bringing huge power numbers, too. But all this does, in my opinion, is focus on just how amazing the McLaren F1 was. It’s hard to fathom this incredible machine was launched 25 years ago and hit 386km/h back then. And remember, it had ‘only’ 461kW. Fast forward to now and it’s taken the Koenigsegg Agera RS an extra 540odd kilowatts to maximise its top speed by an extra 61km/h. Now even though I’m no physicist I know that even small increments in speed at over 350km/h will require huge gains in horsepower to overcome drag and other forces (I learnt that from your magazine), but I think it really does show how phenomenal and ahead of its time the F1 was. If I’m not mistaken it still has the record for the fastest naturally aspirated
production car. It was the automobile industry’s Concorde moment; the huge leap forward; the Cindy Crawford of supermodels. It’s the best of the best, a level of excellence the Kardashians of today could never hope to reach. Nektis Parissis, via Facebook We’re very eager to see if the Aston Martin Valkyrie is the ‘new’ McLaren F1. Hmm.