RZS10 wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:14 pm
Back then the F1 wasn't just a "pure drivers car" was it? ... it was maybe the first "hypercar" even ... I don't know what the other road legal cars in the 1990s had power wise but 627hp was massive - McLaren did many top speed tests, so breaking that record was clearly on the to do list.
What were the other cars from that era? F40, 959, 112i, Diablo, NSX, EB110, XJ220?
The F1 had more power and was faster.
It was set out from day 1 as being the best driver's car. Murray didn't set any figures. He went to Honda but they didn't want to play on the engine side. He went to BMW and they said "yes". He didn't ask for a set of numbers, he asked for a concept. Roche, for BMW, came back and said they could do it. Murray was surprised by the engine's performance because it was more than he'd had in his mind as being necessary.
They tested it because they had to. The road homologation requirement is for the brakes to perform repeated stops from a high % of top speed. So they needed to know the speed in order to homologate. Originally Jonathon Palmer did the speed runs at Nardo and got 230mph which was silly high for the time. So they used that. Then, later, they took it out and gave it go "just to see".
Looking at your list of other supercars, none of them, other than maybe the 959, were engineered to anywhere close to the F1's attention to detail. Actually, not even the 959 was. The F40 was old school. The Diablo was basically a reskinned, modernised, Countach. The NSX was great but not even a supercar. The EB110 was brutal engineering at the same time that the F1 was sublime engineering. The XJ220 was a mash up that doesn't compare to the F1.
The F1 was designed to the last nut and bolt. 98%+ was bespoke components. It was designed to have perfect suspension geometry, for example. All of the others were styled and then the hardware fitted inside. The F1 was engineered and then the body wind tunnel tested around the hardware.
The F1 had no peer in its day. None. Indeed, it's debatable whether any other hypercar has been a peer to the F1. Sure, the Veyron is faster but it's not a bespoke item like the F1. Koenigsegg perhaps get closest with their cars because they aren't full of parts bin pieces. But they were/are a series of low number specials with most versions being made in single figures. They took about 25 years to make as many cars as all of the F1s produced.
The F1 had no equal in terms of concept, execution, weight, packaging, performance and it still doesn't.
Name another hypercar that can take 3 people cross continent with a full set of luggage.
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