Back when the idea of a McLaren road car was still new.

The name McLaren is hardly unfamiliar to today’s car enthusiasts, but at one point the company was known only for racing, rather than road-going, vehicles. Back in 1992, though, the introduction of the seminal McLaren F1 was a big deal for the company. To commemorate the car’s introduction, McLaren today reissued its original press release and photo gallery for the F1. It’s a remarkable look at how different the supercar world was a quarter-century ago.

McLaren’s PR staff begin the release by recounting the company’s many achievements in Formula 1 racing as a way to establish McLaren’s performance-car bona fides. The stage thus set, the press release launches into hyperbole to explain the F1’s lofty goals.

“The primary design consideration for the McLaren F1 has been to make it without reserve ‘a driver’s car’, an extremely high-performance design which advances all conventional boundaries. It combines Formula 1 racing car dynamics with genuine Grand Touring capabilities,” the release reads. “The objective has been simply to build, not only the finest high-performance sports car ever made, but also ever likely to be made.”

Like today’s McLaren road cars, the F1 was made from a carbon-composite tub to help keep weight low; the F1 tipped the scales at just 2,244 pounds. “Nothing other than carbon composite was ever considered” during the development process, the company proudly proclaimed. The car also spent considerable time in McLaren’s wind tunnel to tune its aerodynamic properties.

High-end chassis components abounded: Bespoke suspension dampers came from Bilstein, brakes with four-piston front calipers were from Brembo, and Goodyear supplied special high-speed F1 tires capable of surviving 200-plus-mph runs. By today’s supercar standards, though, the car’s 17-inch OZ Racing wheels seem positively tiny.

Behind the centrally seated driver and his or her two passengers, a 6.1-liter V12 engine built by BMW Motorsport produced “over” 550 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed manual transaxle, meanwhile, was geared for top speeds in excess of 200 mph.

All in all, the McLaren F1 represented the introduction of a staggering amount of Formula 1-derived technology to a road-legal car. It pushed the envelope of supercar design and performance, and paved the way for today’s wild McLaren Automotive cars. Click through below to see the full original press release from May 28, 1992.

Source: McLaren

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