No one needs this - the components are completely obsolete given the change in laws and the fact that the government chose to grandfather in the Ameritech F1s under the newer 'Show or Display' provision. The fact that these parts were created by a company here in the USA and not McLaren (without their blessing even)… »
The same owner also had chassis 031 for a while in Chicago. It was displayed at the opening of McLaren's Chicago dealership in Feb 2012. His collection is immensely impressive and I've recently gotten a tip that he purchased something else that would make our jaws drop. I know where his cars live but it's not my place… »
No, McLaren don't believe their effectiveness outweighs the compromises they introduce, nor the weight penalty. »
Looking at that second photo it is pretty clear to me this car was lowered and has aftermarket wheels. Perhaps its also been fitted with other aftermarket parts, like a stereo system or even dreaded underglow lighting, that had a fault or was improperly installed and caused the fire. »
Moroder was an early financial investor in the project but pulled his support before production began due to delays and lack of confidence. The car was due to be called the Cizeta Moroder V16T before then. He did end up with one of the earliest prototypes which bore his name, the rest of the cars built were simply… »
The paddles behind the F1 steering wheel appear in every road car regardless of whether the steering wheel is removable or not. The paddle on the left operates the flash-to-pass high beams, while the one on the right operates the horn.
There is a secondary collar on the cars with the option of removing the steering… »
Pretty obvious that weather was a factor. It's a 2,500lb car with over 600hp and no driver's aids to speak of. It was also worth $1M new and the driver was likely apprehensive about pushing the car under those circumstances.
The F1 truly isn't a track monster in road car form, but would have done quite a bit better on… »
Not an active one, but they have extended the warranty on this part for the life of the vehicle for any owner who has the issue.
Also, it was McLaren who discovered the problem after a small number were discovered to be faulty in service visits and they instigated the recall themselves, notifying the NHTSA of the… »
Despite what the Wikipedia entry suggests, or any other source you may have come across, I was fairly certain that Frank Stephenson had nothing to do with the design of the MINI ACV30 concept that has always been attributed to Adrian Van Hooydonk.
I was so curious that I asked him to confirm and sure enough, Frank has… »
Door not closed all the way.
Like every part on the F1, the door is not very heavy so it requires some force to compress the weatherstripping running all around the fairly large door opening as you close it. I have closed and reclosed more than a couple myself. »
I have it on good authority that the times and details you have received and reported here are not correct. The P1 has never run a timed lap at the Ring on anything but the tires Pirelli developed for it and those are not slicks. It's also gone faster than 6:47 on those road legal tires by a not-insignificant margin.… »
This is a legacy practice from the days when automotive journalism meant 'magazines' and they had a lead time for page layout, printing and shipping. They have kept it around in the digital age to allow for websites/blogs to prepare the content and have it loaded to go live in the same instance around the world. It's… »
I'll happily take every single one of the drawbacks you just listed with the knowledge that one day several years ago, this $50 Specialized helmet likely saved my life. »
P1 doesn't have the tires or the gearing for those speeds. Aiming for a massive (and practically useless) top speed figure would have imposed compromises counterproductive towards the P1s stated goal - to be the fastest road car around a racing circuit. »