Sunday, September 1, 2019

McLaren Restored this F1 Supercar to Immaculate Condition


With just 106 made, including 64 road-going examples, the McLaren F1 is one of the rarest supercars you can buy. But thanks to McLaren Special Operations (MSO), they took it upon themselves to develop, manufacture parts, and even restore the F1 supercar even after 21 years since production ended.

Chassis #063 has received a painstaking restoration that’s taken McLaren a period of 18 months and 3,000 hours of work to accomplish. With its drivetrain removed entirely, MSO stripped both interior and exterior.



Work first started inside, where this particular unit had the unique Woking Grey-colored interior—a color inspired by the slate-colored English sky above McLaren’s headquarters. Restorers hand-selected 10 different hides to re-trim the interior—from the dashboard to the seats. The driver seat also has a red perforated Alcantara center panel. The carpets were also renewed, while the steering wheel was replaced, with the original retained by the owner for historical reference.

Once the interior was re-trimmed, the exterior body panels were re-fitted, repainted in the original Magnesium Silver paint that took nearly 900 hours to complete.

Meanwhile, the BMW-developed 6.1-liter V12 engine was also rebuilt. It was even dyno tested to ensure that it still generates the 618 horsepower. The dampers were sent back to Bilstein for refurbishment, while the driveshafts and hubs were also sent back to the original supplier for a rebuild.



As with every McLaren F1 in the Certification program, #063 now has its own unique Certificate of Authenticity, which McLaren Automotive is the only body in the world able to issue, authenticating its provenance, originality, service life, road/race history and condition. Conformity with the original specification and to any McLaren-sanctioned upgrades is confirmed by reference to the factory archives.

The owner of Chassis 63 is now in possession of a bespoke illustrated book documenting the history of their car as well as a Genesis Speed Form; a 3D laser-scanned McLaren F1 distilled into a scale model to give the essence of the car, which was originally built at Genesis Business Park in Woking.


All McLaren F1s, whether standard road cars or race cars are eligible for the MSO restoration program.

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