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McLaren F1

By: Eric J. Leech

When Gordon Murray, an ex-Formula One engineer decided to build the ultimate sports car, he gave himself two rules from which to work. Rule number one: There would be no vehicle in the world as fast as the McLaren F1. Rule number two: Speed costs money. In order to reach the status of the fastest car in the world, Murray knew that he would spare no expense.

To make the F1 like no other, it would have to be a bantam weight. To accomplish this, Murray gave each manufacturer involved in the project a set of guidelines. Everything from the engine to the radio had to be feather light. Murray made good on his promise, producing the fastest normally-aspirated vehicle in the world (0 - 60 in 3.2 seconds, 0-100 in 6.3 seconds, and top speeds of 241 mph). It is said that the most difficult part of F1 ownership is not learning how to drive this technological marvel, but rather getting in and out of the center-placed seat, which the owners manual graciously dedicates two pages to.

Cost Factor: $2 million

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