The original McLaren F1 press release in full - Every detail of the incredible V12 supercar - McLaren F1 audio system

As McLaren re-publishes the full, original 1992 press release for its F1 supercar, it's a perfect time to celebrate the F1, we think

A NEW APPROACH TO CAR AUDIO DESIGN WAS DEMANDED, THAT THE SYSTEM BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CAR

McLaren Cars asked Kenwood to create the F1’s unique audio system. Kenwood had to achieve the finest-quality sound reproduction within extremely demanding weight and design restrictions.

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Their system had to harmonise with the F1’s ergonomic philosophy, being easy and logical to operate under all driving conditions. As well as offering exceptionally user-friendly hi-fi controls, it also had to maintain all current state-of-the-art features and matching flexibility.

Involved in the F1 project from its inception, Kenwood developed a dedicated ultra-modern compact disc system freed of current mass market compromise. The result is both unique and simple to use, and provides audio quality second to none.

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The system’s heart is the world’s smallest ten-disc player, a front-mounted KDC C600 compact disc autochanger using the latest Kenwood single-bit technology and offering over 12 hours continuous listening pleasure. During development testing, it has performed reliably at up to 1.5G loading – ideal for the demanding environment of the F1 in action.

The F1 driver has a range of sophisticated multi-function switches within easy reach to ensure total system command without distraction from the road. Linked directly into the car’s ‘brain’, visual information appears on the dash panel warning system indicator, enabling the driver easily to confirm the functions activated.

This revolutionary concept epitomises the F1’s ‘driver first’ philosophy.

To power their five assorted speakers, Kenwood chose their KAC 622 amplifier. Integrated into the dashboard this new product provides easy and accurate power delivery and sound quality. Careful speaker positioning in specially designed enclosures ensures the highest quality.

And thanks to the F1’s unique centreline driving position, it is the only car in the world to offer truly stereophonic sound.

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