What makes McLaren F1 such a special car? Performance as the car accelerates faster, no other road car has a top speed of over 230 miles per hour. It can surpass any other road car with a big difference. But there is much more to it. The McLaren F1 is materialized the dream of one man. Not only one, but one of the most creative and successful engineers that Formula 1 racing is known.
Gordon Murray for Brabham-Alfa Romeo ‘fan’ car, who won his first and only Grand Prix in 1978 was immediately banned because it just crushed the opposition. Murray is probably the first person, which includes a carbon fiber into the structure of the Formula 1 cars, and he developed a champion Brabham-BMW World in 1983.
When he moved to McLaren, to develop a sports car to win the world and has given carte blanche by Mansour Ojeh and Ron Dennis, to realize his dream, regardless of price. Murray target was set, that the vehicle must be compact as possible, but practically does not weigh more than 1,000 kg, which. (2205 pounds) dry and is powered by a naturally aspirated engine (immediate feedback) developing at least 550 horsepower.
At that time, McLaren had to compete with the Honda engines and it seemed logical to approach the Honda engine to meet the requirements of the Murray. But the Japanese refused, feeling that they could not keep the potential for the development of such a project. So if Murray turned to BMW Motorsport, and his old friend Paul Roche, who provided engines to Brabham team, while Murray was responsible. Roche enthusiastically accepted. Starting with a clean sheet of paper, Roche and his team have designed and developed an incredibly compact transmission, including cross-differential with 40 percent locking factor.
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