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McLaren F1 Destroyed by Fire

2nd of June 2009

One down, 63 to go. The McLaren F1 was limited to a total of 106 cars built. Of the 106 cars, 64 were F1 road cars. Now, there are only 63 road cars left, as one was just destroyed by fire yesterday on the Airport Boulevard.

As Irv Kessler, 53, drove his $2 million rare Mclaren F1 on the boulevard, someone noticed smoke coming from the back of the car and alerted him. But by the time he exited the car to check the problem, the car was engulfed by flames.

Though its owner was a Minnesota resident, the car had Oregon license plates. The Rincon Valley firefighters found the car still burning but doused it before it spread to the passenger compartment. Luckily, the car was insured for $3 million, as Kessler told the firefighters.

“It hadn’t been driven in six months,” said John Lantz, Rincon Valley assistant fire chief for The Press Democrat. “They took it out yesterday and today and started having some kind of problem with it,” Lantz said he was told by Kessler.

According to McLaren’s website, the car was built as ”the world’s first production road car to feature an all carbon composite monocoque and body structure,” using Formula One racing technology on the road.

The F1 was powered by a BMW S70/2 engine, specifically designed and built for the car. The 6.1-litre, quad-cam, 48-valve V12 powerplant produced 627 horsepower, driving through a six-speed transaxle gearbox. This engine powered McLaren to victory at Le Mans on its debut in 1995 and to several FIA GT championships.

The car also featured a central driving position for optimum visibility, dihedral doors for easy ingress and egress, active aerodynamics and 'ground-plane shear' suspension geometry for the vehicle’s dynamics.

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Check the firery with the axe, he looks somewhat disappointed that he didn't get a chance to lay into the poor F1.   :eek:

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They can rebuild it.  They have the technology.


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oh damn.... oh well, it will get rebuilt. doesnt look unfixable...
106 cars???? where did the extra 6 come from

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The silver McLaren F1 supercar that caught fire last week on a California road will now be sent back to Britain in the hopes of restoring the vehicle.

The McLaren F1 is owned by Irv Kessler, who was driving the vehicle to Oregon last Monday when a fellow motorist alerted him to the smoke coming out of the back end. The F1's engine bay then burned until firefighters were able to put out the blaze before it spread into the passenger compartment.

Kessler's F1 is one of only 64 road-ready models produced between 1992 and 1998. The one owned by Kessler is a 1995 model which he purchased two years ago.

The car is insured for 2 million US dollars, according to Kessler, and insurance experts in the US told him the car had a 90 percent chance of being restored. McLaren officials weren't as optimistic, giving the car a 50-50 prognosis based on photos they had seen of it.


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