The McLaren F1 has garnered the accolade of the “Greatest Supercar Ever” at the Classic & Sports Car Show. The Classic & Sports Car Show U.K. features hundreds of the world’s most prestigious and well-loved classic cars.
The incredible three-seater 6.1-liter V12-engined McLaren F1 beat icons from Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Jaguar and a host of other famous names to the title. In all, there were 33 supercars competing for the show’s coveted title that recognizes 100 years of pioneering supercars: ‘A Century of Supercars’.
Three cars from each decade of the past 100 years were chosen, then the roll call was thrown open to the public. Supercar enthusiasts have been flocking online since June to vote for their favorite cars from 11 different eras, ranging from pre-1914 models all the way to modern machines built after 2010. At the end of September the list of 33 was whittled down to 11 as the most popular from each decade was selected as a finalist: Mercedes 1908 GP, Bentley 41/2-liter Blower, Alfa Romeo 8C, Jaguar XK120. Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’, Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari F40, McLaren F1, Bugatti Veyron and McLaren P1.
After more than 17,000 votes were cast, the McLaren F1 was the overwhelming winner, taking over 30 percent of the overall vote. With gold leaf as an engine heat shield, a three-seater layout, the McLaren F1 has always been regarded as one of the most incredible supercars.
The brainchild of genius engineer Gordon Murray, it was officially debuted in 1992 and shocked the world right from the start, being staggeringly light at 1138kg, thanks in no small part to its stunning Peter Stevens-penned carbon-fiber body, and hugely powerful with a bespoke BMW-designed 627bhp 6.1-liter V12.
Performance is still incredible in 2016, but in the 1990s it was way beyond other period supercars. With no driver aids at all, not even an airbag or ABS brakes, it was about as pure as it was possible to be too. And its purity is what shines through today.
Alongside the F1, a selection of the finalists in the ‘A Century of Supercars’ feature is presented at Alexandra Palace. The combined total display worth of the supercars is estimated at 40 million pounds.