When a McLaren F1 comes up for public sale, it’s at all times an occasion. The Royal Mint quakes, Fort Knox redoubles its safety, and the inventory market braces in case the sale of arguably the best supercar of all time redefines the idea of ‘some huge cash’ as we all know it. Solely 106 had been constructed. Solely 64 left the manufacturing unit as road-legal machines. They’re uncommon, and as you already know, they’re very, very particular.
However this one is rarer and extra particular than most F1s. It’s an F1 unicorn, in truth: chassis 018. Considered one of solely two F1s in existence to have obtained the manufacturing unit’s ‘LM spec’.
That’s quick for Le Mans specification, and because the title suggests, it principally provides the goodies that turned the road-going F1 right into a bona-fide Le Mans endurance-winning legend.
Visually, the primary distinction is the fastened rear wing – a part of the ‘Excessive Downforce bundle’ that modified the automotive’s entrance air dam and added vents above the entrance wheels. It seems sterner – angrier, even – than a daily F1.
Appropriately, the engine was madder too. As a substitute of operating the usual 627bhp 6.1-litre BMW V12, the LM-spec automobiles housed the racing V12 freed of restrictors. In consequence, energy stands at some 680bhp.
In contrast to the 5 manufacturing unit McLaren F1 LMs which had been successfully road-going racing automobiles with stripped-out interiors and whining racing gearboxes, the 2 factory-converted LM-spec F1s retained the usual automotive’s creature comforts. And this one’s been fettled additional.
Again in 2000, a German collector despatched the automotive again to the UK and, alongside together with his energy and wing improve, added a radio, higher headlights, adjustable suspension, then repainted and retrimmed all the automotive and even commissioned a bespoke set of 18-inch wheels with extra trendy tyres as an alternative of the usual 17-inch rims. So, it’s not essentially the most unique of F1s. But it surely has a cherry-picked spec listing from F1 heaven. And that is no tuner particular – all of the work was executed by McLaren, utilizing know-how from profitable Le Mans with the identical spec.
Since then, the automotive’s lived in Singapore after which in New Zealand, the place Kiwi entrepreneur and beginner racer Andrew Bagnell drove it at the least as soon as a month, regardless of it being price extra money than a complete month of footballing wages.
Chassis 018 is now up for public sale, and is predicted to promote for between $21m to $23m, exhibiting a wholesome 13,352 miles, and can go below the RM Sotheby’s hammer on the weekend of 15-17 August 2019 in Monterey Automotive Week. Please pity the poor oligarch, oil barons and tech trillionaires who can’t scrape the pennies collectively to afford it.