On 27th April 2010, McLaren Automotive celebrated the 20th anniversary of the start of the F1 program by inviting F1 owners past and present to a celebration dinner at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England, which included a display of 21 road and race F1s.
It all started in 1988, when McLaren made the decision to expand from Formula One and design and build "the finest sports car the world had ever seen." In March 1990, the team created to build that car came together for the first time. Two years later on 28th May, the McLaren F1 road car was launched to the world in Monaco, first car was delivered to its owner in December 1993.
The F1 was launched at a price of £540,000 in 1994, and over the next four years 64 F1, 5 F1 LM and 3 F1 GT road cars were produced, together with 28 F1 GTR race cars, plus six prototypes.
In 1994 McLaren developed a racing version of the F1 road car to run in the FIA's GT1 class, which won the 1995 GT1 Championship.
McLaren chairman Ron Dennis said: "The F1 is a technological tour-de-force and a real triumph in terms of packaging and design."
By 1998, there were a total of 106 built, and its production run was complete. In the same year McLaren development and race driver Andy Wallace took XP5, the fifth and final prototype F1 to the Ehra-Lessien proving ground in Germany. With a naturally aspirated 6.0 liter V12, delivering 627 hp, he reach a top speed of 240.1 mph. Over 12 years later, this remains a world record for a naturally aspirated production car.
McLaren enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see more F1s at this summer's Goodwood Festival of Speed, at the famous English motorsport venue July 2-4.
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