John Nielsen conducted the first serious test of the McLaren F1 GTR at the South Circuit at Silverstone, England.

"In terms of the feel, noise and weight, it is very close to the Jaguar V-12 Group C cars," the Danish driver says. " Lots of things about the F1 remind me of the Jaguars, especially the noise. The BMW V-12 sounds beautiful."

While covering 40 faultless laps at Silverstone, Nielsen got the McLaren F1 GTR down to 1:11 for a best lap. This is some six seconds off a good time for a Formula 3000 car, but the McLaren is a flat bottomed car with little downforce.

Test will continue at Barcelona, and McLaren Cars is working flat-out to deliver cars to its leading customers before the first round of the BPR Organization series at Jerez, Spain, on Feb.26.

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