25 Years On, McLaren Is Offering Loaner Engines For F1 Owners


How many other cars still get full factory support 25 years later?

The legacy of the McLaren F1 will live on in the upcoming BP23 Hyper-GT which will also adopt a central driving position. Let’s hope that in 25 years after it launches McLaren still offers full factory support for it like it is for the F1 which launched way back in 1992. In an unprecedented move, McLaren has announced that should your F1 need an engine rebuild, McLaren Special Operations will loan you a new engine so you can keep racking up the miles while your original engine is given an overhaul. Now that's what we call service.

“A quarter of a century on, many examples remain in regular use, and McLaren Special Operations (MSO) continues to support owners with servicing, original parts and upgrades,” McLaren said in a statement. Apparently, MSO still has original spare 6.1-liter BMW V12 units and keeps one as a loaner engine. MSO also a comprehensive selection of original spare parts available if you want to retrofit your F1, from Xenon headlight units, to the lightweight sports exhaust made of titanium. If you’re as unlucky as Rowan Atkinson and crash your F1 (twice), MSO still has original tooling to make new carbon panels, or even a new monocoque.

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In case you needed reminding, the F1 was the fastest naturally-aspirated road car in the world with a top speed of 240 mph until the Bugatti Veyron stole the crown over a decade later. When it was new, the revolutionary F1 would set you back around $800,000, but it’s not uncommon for used examples to sell for tens of millions of dollars.