Interior colour Magnolia nubuck/Beige alcantara
Probably best McLaren with 11 hp more than LM
McLaren F1 – LM upgrade The “Red LM” is actually painted Kandy Orange Metallic, and is yet another F1 road car that has been converted to look like an LM with the High Downforce Kit. It is chassis #073, one of the last F1s built in 1998. The car was originally finished in AMG Green Velvet, but later it too received a complete refit that actually included the installation of an LM-spec engine. This was done for a very special client of McLaren – actually one of the four men who helped to get the F1 project off the ground in 1988. His name is Mansour Ojjeh and he is the President of Techniques d’Avant Garde – makers of Tag Heuer watches along with many other businesses and early sponsors of the McLaren Formula 1 team. Later the two would merge and become partners, forming the Tag/McLaren Group.
Chassis #073 was also sold through a Christies Auction at the end of 2003 fetching a final price of £731,250 including Buyer’s Premium.
Incidentally – there are only two F1 road cars that have received the LM-spec engine upgrade – the other is a silver F1 with a unique set of headlights that also wears the High Downforce Kit. It is suspected that this car is chassis #059, but that isn’t yet confirmed. Also, the name of the owner is unknown, but the car wears UK Registration plate “R66 MCL”. I suspect they also have close ties to McLaren. BMW Motorsport will not be building any more LM-spec engines, so no other customers will be able to purchase this upgrade.
This McLaren f1 was sold privately in 2013.