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

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


Length4,288mm (168.8 inches)
Width1,820mm (71.6 inches)
Height1140mm (44.8 inches)
Ground clearance120mm (4.7 inches)
Wheelbase2718mm (107.0 inches)
Front track1568mm (61.7 inches)
Rear track1472mm (57.9 inches)
Dry weight1,018kg (2,244lbs)


Type numberS 70/2
Displacement6,064cc (369.9 cubic inches)
Bore / Stroke86.00mm (3.38 inches) / 87.00mm (3.42 inches)
Compression ratio10.5:1
Ignition systemTransistorized system with 12 individual coils
Induction system12 single throttle valves, carbon fibre airbox
Valve trainChain-driven double overhead camshaft with continuously variable inlet valve timing
Engine blockCast aluminium 60-degree V12
Cylinder heads4 valves per cylinder, cast aluminium alloy
Cam carriers / coverCast magnesium
Exhaust emission controlFour catalytic converters with ‘Lambda’ sensors, secondary air injection
Alternator160 amp
Lubrication systemDry sump, magnesium casting – with four scavenge pumps and one pressure pump
Fuel95-98 RON unleaded
OilShell TMO synthetic 5W40
Power Over 404 kilowatts (550 horsepower) @ 7,000rpm
TorqueOver 600Nm between 4,000-7,000rpm
Maximum RPM7,500


Twin aluminium water radiators and oil / water heat exchanger


Safety fuel cell with in-tank high pressure pump


12 volt system with high capacity battery and 160 amp alternatorChassis ECUEngine ECUDC / DC converter for heated glass


Front suspensionDouble wishbones, GPSC subframes, light alloy dampers / co-axial coil-springs, anti-rollbar
Rear suspensionDouble wishbones, ISA mounting system, light alloy dampers /co-axial coil-springs, toe-in / toe-out control links


Transverse unit with high speed bevel gears and spur final driveAll-synchro constant-mesh 6-speedLimited slip final drive differentialMagnesium caseAir / oil radiator – pumped lubication system


AP triple plate carbon / carbon: 200mm (7.87 inch) diameterRemote actuation (hydraulic)


Magnesium431.8mm (17 inch) diameter
Front228.6mm (9 inches) wide
Rear292.1mm (11.5 inches) wide
Centre-lock with retaining pin


Front235/45 ZR17
Rear315/45 ZR17


Front332mm (13.07 inches) diameter x 32mm (1.26 inches) thick ventilated disc, 4 pot monobloc light alloy caliper
Rear305mm (12.01 inches) diameter x 26mm (1.02 inches) thick ventilated disc, 4 pot monobloc light alloy caliper
Parking brakeRear, mechanical, light alloy caliper
Brake and balance 'foilAutomatic – computerised control system
Brake coolingAutomatic – computerised control system


Oil tank6 litres (1.3 imperial gallon / 1.6 US gallon), aluminium construction
Fuel tank85 litres (18.75 imperial gallon / 22.4 US gallon), safety fuel tank
Luggage227 litres (8 cubic feet) – 3 occupants 283 litres (10 cubic feet) – 2 occupants


Full underbody air management (fan-assisted)Driver selectable high-downforce modeAutomatic Brake and Balance ‘Foil systemMcLAREN F1 STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Full cabin air conditioningElectric defrost / demist on windscreen and side windowsElectric window liftsRemote central lockingRemote cabin access release for opening panelsTailored document case beneath driver’s seatCabin A4-sized map stowageFour cabin stowae compartmentsFour-lamp high-performance headlight systemTwo high-performance driving lampsRear fog and reversing lightsCourtesy lights in all compartmentsMap reading lightsRemote battery charging pointOnboard Facom titanium tool kit

Also supplied as standard with the McLaren F1

Cased and tailored comprehensive garage tool kitTailored car coverTailor-made external battery charger‘McLaren F1’ owner / driver’s handbookExcusive owners’ only hand-made ‘McLaren F1’ book of the car


  •  One-plus-two seating configuration
  •  Advanced composites moulding techniques
  •  ‘GPSC’ compliant front suspension system
  •  ‘ISA’ rear suspension and mounting system
  •  Fan-assisted boundary layer aerodynamic control system
  •  Active brake cooling system
  •  Active centre of pressure aerodynamic control system
  •  Close-coupled final-drive automotive transmission configuration

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