THE FIRST LONGTAIL ROAD CAR
Just three McLaren F1 GTs were built
THE HISTORY of the ‘LT’ moniker stretches back to McLaren’s most iconic road car, the F1. After winning the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race outright in GTR form in 1995, it was lightened and powered up in 1997 to fight upgraded competition. The rearend was also extended to improve high-speed downforce, earning it the famous Longtail name. Rules said a road version was needed to pass homologation, so the F1 GT was then born. It was 600mm longer than the standard F1, 101mm wider and used special dampers to handle extra downforce. It used the same 6.1-litre V12 powertrain, with 461kW/650Nm, but sucked air from a larger roof mounted snorkel. Other unique details included a wider exhaust tip arrangement, huge front splitter, revised front bumper and louvred vents in the front guards. Three cars were built while the original prototype, named the ‘XP GT’ and finished ‘Bottle Green’, is kept by McLaren in Woking. McLaren says the two others remain in private collections.