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McLaren Establishes F1 Authentication Program

McLaren at the Hampton Court Concourse of Elegance has announced a program to certify and authenticate genuine McLaren F1 cars for current owners. F1 cars that undergo the program are inspected and verified to ensure its originality. If a car and its service records match up, a certificate is awarded along with a cute picture book detailing the history of the McLaren F1. McLaren notes they only produced 64 road cars and 28 GTR models between 1993 and 1998. Exclusive much?

To celebrate the announcement of McLaren's new service the Woking based manufacturer has also brought out a gorgeous McLaren F1 GTR '25R' in Gulf-Davidoff livery. This 1997 F1 GTR is a 'no-sins' restoration by McLaren Special Operations. Its parts are sourced from McLaren storage facilities predating its model year, and according to McLaren this car is authentic enough to match the specifications of an F1 GTR ready to race in a 1998 Le Mans racing event. The restoration process took 18 months.

McLaren F1 GTRs are powered by a BMW S70 6.1-liter V-12 - just like in the road car. But instead of producing only 618 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, the engine is strung out even further with more aggressive cams, upgraded pistons, additional cooling, and higher compression to output 680 horsepower at 7800 rpm. One can only imagine what that sounds like.