McLaren F1 Road Car Sets Unofficial Record

240 mph McLaren F1 Road Car Shatters Top Speed Record. The McLaren F1 has obliterated the production road car record achieving a new official top speed of 240mph/387km'h at the VW Ehra-Lessien proving ground in Germany. A...

240 mph McLaren F1 Road Car Shatters Top Speed Record. The McLaren F1 has obliterated the production road car record achieving a new official top speed of 240mph/387km'h at the VW Ehra-Lessien proving ground in Germany. A team of four McLaren F1 road car engineers together with the Technical Director Gordon Murray ran XP5, a standard F1 road car built in 1993, for the top speed record runs. Driven by racing driver Andy Wallace the F1 took just one attempt to break McLaren's previously unofficial top speed of 231mph set at Nardo in 1993. On the third run the car reached a phenomenal 240.1mph/386.7km'h smashing the previously held record of 212mph set by a Jaguar XJ220. The record breaking speed was independently verified by a team of VW technicians. With a 21km track consisting of two 9km straight sections and banking at either end the facility at Ehra is one of only two in the world where it is possible to attempt top speed records. Whilst the straights stretch out into the distance the circuit is the width of a three-lane motorway leaving little room for error. Driver Andy Wallace described the behaviour of the F1 during the runs - "I'm amazed at how stable it was at 240mph. The forces acting on it when you are going that quickly are not double what they are at 100mph - it's the square speed".

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Drivers Andy Wallace