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

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

FOR THE PRIMARY STRUCTURE OF McLAREN’S FIRST PRODUCTION SPORTS CAR, NO MATERIAL OTHER THAN CARBON COMPOSITE WAS EVER CONSIDERED

The McLaren F1 achieves its astonishingly lean target weight of only 1,018kg (2,244lbs) thanks largely to its moulded advanced carbon-composite monocoque chassis/body structure.

In fact, it was McLaren International who pioneered modern automotive moulded carbon-composite chassis technology in 1981 with its race-winning Type MP4/1 Formula 1 design.

Carbon fibre simply offers an immense stiffness-to-weight ratio, hence its use in chassis construction of every significant racing car built today.

The contrast in technology between Formula 1 and everyday car production is starkly demonstrated by the fact that some major manufacturers are only now beginning to consider aluminium chassis structures over steel, whereas leading Formula 1 designers abandoned steel for aluminium thirty years ago. It is over 10 years now since McLaren International led the way in rejecting aluminium in favour of advanced composite construction.

For McLaren’s first production sports car, therefore, nothing other than carbon composite was ever considered.

The F1’s styling reflects the structural freedom offered by McLaren Cars’ advanced composite moulding techniques, and combines purely functional aerodynamic form with aesthetic appeal.

The F1 incorporates dramatic aerodynamic design derived from long experience of Formula 1 frontier technology. It is the first production car to be developed aerodynamically by an expert team of Formula 1 aerodynamicists employing the latest in moving-ground wind tunnel technology.

Formula 1 engineering typically unites multiple disciplines in singular components, combining light weight with strength, form with function. This same engineering ethic is now embodied within the McLaren F1.

Recommended

McLaren 765LT Spider unveiled – £310,000 Super Series flagship joins coupe
McLaren 765LT Spider – front quarter
McLaren

McLaren 765LT Spider unveiled – £310,000 Super Series flagship joins coupe

The next drop-top LT arrives in a familiar form, but with some immense numbers to back it up
27 Jul 2021
McLaren secures £550million of new investment
Woking HQ
McLaren

McLaren secures £550million of new investment

The McLaren Group has been given a vital cash injection to the tune of £550million
19 Jul 2021
Car pictures of the week
McLaren 720S Spider v Porsche 911 Turbo S Cab – static
Porsche

Car pictures of the week

Convertible supercars are nothing but a compromise, right? Maybe not...
16 Jul 2021
Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae – last atmospheric V12 Lambo
Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae FoS
Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae – last atmospheric V12 Lambo

New final edition to combine Aventador SVJ powertrain and S chassis, 600 units to be built
10 Jul 2021

Most Popular

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better
Mercedes S-class – front tracking
Mercedes

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better

It may be slipping out of fashion, but the institution that is Mercedes’ S-class is only getting stronger
22 Jul 2021
Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110

Lotus's first all-new car for a quarter of a century comes AMG power and sub-£60,000 price tag
13 Jul 2021
New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback – front tracking
Audi RS3

New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster

After months of tech insights, we now finally get to see the all-new Audi RS3 in its finished form
19 Jul 2021