T​he McLaren F1 is regarded my many to be on of the greatest cars ever made. Powered by a BMW-derived V12 engine, the F1 spurts out just under 620 horsepower mated to get this, a manual transmission!! Not only that but the rear-wheel drive supercar has no driver aids to be spoken of, let alone AWD.

H​owever, for these reasons the F1 is regarded as the best cars ever made. It represents the epitome of the manual supercar; no driver aids, manual transmission, and rear wheel drive. T​he McLaren was brought to l by the legendary designer Gordon Murray, who opted for a 3-seater configuration, two in the back behind the driver, and one central seat for the best possible driving position.

N​ow, with all of this simplistic, back to basics analogue stuff you might imagine that the only thing needed to keep an F1 on the road is a set of screwdrivers, and some Scotch Tape. However, you would be wrong, because despite being built in the 1990s' the McLaren F1 relies on this to keep it moving:

A​ Compaq LTE 5280 laptop from the early 1990s, running a bespoke CA card. Amazingly, McLaren one of the most technologically advanced car companies on the planet uses a DOS-based software to service the remaining hundred or so McLaren F1s out there, cars which can be worth up to $25 million.

"The CA card is an interface between the laptop software"

M​claren special operations

N​ow at this point you might be wondering why McLaren a car company which seemingly cannot go five seconds without sticking an iPhone onto something would still be using a piece of technology from the 14th century.

Well here's what McLaren will tell you:

“The reason we need those specific Compaq laptops is that they run a bespoke CA card which installs into them,” a spokesman from MSO told Jalopnik in an interview. “The CA card is an interface between the laptop software (which is DOS based) and the car.

H​owever, MSO went on to say that they are indeed developing a new system to keep this cars going. As the aging Compaq laptops become less and less capable of keeping a $23 million car on the road.

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