The Mc Laren's record lasted until the Koenigsegg CCR beat it in 2005 with a top speed of 241.63 mph (388.87 km/h).
The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies; it is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than many modern sports cars, despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars, with the driver's seat located in the centre (and slightly forward) of two passengers' seating positions, providing driver visibility superior to that of a conventional seating layout.
When Honda refused, Isuzu, then planning an entry into Formula One, had a 3.5-litre V12 engine being tested in a Lotus chassis.
On 31 March 1998, the XP5 prototype set the record for the world's fastest production car, reaching 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h) with the rev limiter removed surpassing the 231 mph (372 km/h) reached with the XP3 prototype.
The F1 surpassed the Jaguar XJ220's 213 mph record from 1992, as well as the low production number RUF CTR2's 217 mph record from 1995.
Although it's true I had thought it would have been better to put a larger engine, the moment I drove the Honda NSX, all the benchmark cars—Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini—I had been using as references in the development of my car vanished from my mind.
Of course the car we would create, the Mc Laren F1, needed to be faster than the NSX, but the NSX's ride quality and handling would become our new design target.
The Mc Laren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by Mc Laren Cars.