- This was taken when i visited the Petersen Auto Museum in July 2017.

Driving Ambition

The Official Inside Story of the McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is widely regarded as one of the greatest road cars ever made. The discussion started when Gordon Murray, Ron Dennis, Creighton Brown and Mansour Ojeh (TAG-McLaren execs at the time) were sitting in an Italian airport after the Italian Grand prix in 1988. We all know what happened from there, the McLaren F1 was born, and the rest is history.

Driving Ambition is a complete look into the history, design and execution of the McLaren F1. Compiling information and pictures from concept to completion including the racing program, and everything in between: the design, the incredible BMW V12, the gearbox, braking, and much more. Every detail was carefully thought out to ensure the McLaren F1 was the best it could be. I am sure you have heard of the story about Kenwood fast tracking their aluminum magnet technology specifically for use in the McLaren F1. There are many more of those stories in regards to the McLaren F1.

This book is full of beautiful pictures taken throughout the entire process along with many original drawings and schematics from the design process. Below are a few full size pictures from the book. I apologize for the rings on the photos, I am still trying to get the hang of my new light set up.

Here are some pictures of my McLaren models with each respective section of the book.

I was able to get my hands on a few replica McLaren F1 emblems and plaques. The round F1 V12 is similar to the emblem found on the steering wheel, the McLaren badge is similar to the one on the front of the car, the first plaque commemorates the world record speed run that took place in 1998, the final plaque is similar to the chassis number plate found in each GTR. FInally a small pamphlet signed by Gordon Murray, Ron Dennis, Creighton Brown and Mansour Ojeh (TAG-McLaren execs at the time). Supposedly all of these items were designed to be used in the limited edition run of the Driving Ambition book. These will all be mounted for display.

Here are all my McLaren F1 variations together, I still need the road car, a '96 GTR, and the F1 GT.

Do you want to know all the differences between each McLaren F1 variation? Here you go.

I just acquired the book and I have only read through a few sections. This book is truly amazing and it offers the in depth look into just about every aspect of the McLaren F1. This is a must have for any devout McLaren F1 fan.

Thanks for reading.

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Comments (4)

  • How many GTs did they make? I think I only learned last year they made road versions of the LT... awesome book! Its so good!

      1 month ago
    • This book is amazing!!!! There are soo many amazing stories.

      The story is that McLaren were not planning on building the GT, but when the Porsche GT1 was admitted into the BPR in 1996 McLaren had to rush to keep up.

      McLaren only made three...

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        1 month ago
    • Someone NEEDS to make a 1/18 F1 GT

        1 month ago