McLaren F1 replica based on Porsche Boxster is a decent effort
The McLaren F1 is considered by many to be the greatest supercar of the 90s. Produced between 1992 and 1998, the V12-powered sports car was limited to just 106 copies, which, needless to say, means it is very , very difficult to buy one of the existing units today. And even if you do find one for sale, you could end up paying an incredible amount – up to £ 10million, as a recent auction showed. But someone in the UK will appreciate the look of F1 and how it sits for much, much less.
You’ve probably guessed by now that the car you see in the gallery below is not a real F1 but a replica. It is based on a previous generation Porsche Boxster and to our eyes it looks good. Sure, there are a number of little flawed executions here and there, but nothing that spoils the overall look of F1.
According to auction details, the vehicle is fully functional and can be driven. Interestingly, it is fitted with a hydraulically raised front end to easily overcome speed bumps – an interesting feature considering the ground clearance of the replica. The seller also explains that all the technology used under the skin is from Porsche, which includes the drivetrain, suspension, brakes, interior, etc.
Speaking of the interior, it’s important to note that the replica retains the center position of the original car’s driver’s seat with two seats behind. Given the nature of the car, the seller explains that only passenger test drives are possible and obviously that was enough for someone to pull the trigger.
The auction for this replica ended yesterday with someone paying £ 51,000 for the car. With original F1 prices skyrocketing these days, does this offer seem reasonable to you?