Amateur mechanic Jasek Masur got an amazing return on his investment after completing a replica of a McLaren F1 supercar (although he doesn’t plan on selling it anytime soon). He did it using scraps and spare parts that cost him only 20,000 pounds. Doing the conversion math, that’s about 30,000 US dollars. And these mechanical marvels typically sell for a staggering 5 million pounds, which is about 7.5 million American dollars. Masur has been building cars for 20 years, and other cars he has reproduced include the Lamborghini Countach and Porsche 911. You’ll notice that along with the McLaren, his productions look top notch and indistinguishable from the real deal.
A Closer Look
In 1998, the F1 McLaren set the record for the fastest production car in the world, topping out at 243 mph. In 1995, it won the 24 Hours of Lemans, and won several other races as well. The car is also extremely rare, with only 106 ever produced, from 1992 to 1998, so its no wonder that an auto enthusiast would want to make one for himself. Here are some of the F1’s most impressive specs.
- The original F1 engine was built by BMW, a 6.1 Liter V-12 that produces 627 horsepower.
- Due to the incredible amount of heat the engine produced, designer Gordon Murray’s solution was to surround the engine bay with gold foil to reflect the heat.
- Continuously variable camshafts increase engine performance.
- Small ignition coils were incorporated into each cylinder.
- The car gets between 9.3 and 15.2 miles per gallon.
- It has butterfly doors, which open out and upward.
- The F1 was the first production car to have a body composed completely from CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic).
- An air intake at the top redirects air to the rear
- The car’s rear spoiler adjusts to center the car during braking, and it increases the drag coefficient as well.
- Custom fitted for comfort, the driver seat sits in the center of the vehicle, with two passenger seats slightly behind it on either side.
- The seats are made of Connolly leather.
- Not that it’s a big deal in these days of Mp3 players, hard drives, and Bluetooth, but at the time the 10-disc CD changer was pretty sweet.
- There are no airbags.
Still One of the Fastest
It’s impressive that even though the last ones were produced in 1998, the F1 is still one of the fastest production cars in the world. In fact, only a handful of cars, including the Hennessey Venom GT and Bugatti Veyron, are faster. Furthermore, the F1 is still the fastest naturally aspirated car. And it’s pretty awesome that it’s 0-30 mph time is nearly as fast as it’s 30-60 mph time (1.7 seconds compared to 1.5 seconds). That’s some serious punch off the line.
Taking all the specs into consideration, Masur has some pretty amazing skills to be able to create a supercar that’s just like the original. You can see how he takes a lot of pride in what he makes and is validated by people stopping and taking pictures of the car when he takes it out. Although adding the “Hammond” seat makes it a little bit different than the original, being a fan of “Top Gear” I think this is a pretty cool addition; how bout you?