1997 McLaren F1-GTR Longtail::
F1-GTR Chassis 19R, Longtail Chassis 1
The GTR Longtail was the ultimate extension of the greatest supercar
of all time - four inches wider, 23 inches longer (for improved
aerodynamics), and over 300 pounds lighter than the original 1995
cars race cars and over 800 pounds lighter than the road cars.
This car, chassis 19R, was the first of the 1997 specification
longtails. Since it was the first of its type, 19R wasn't immediately
dispatched to a customer team. Instead, for a time, it was retained
by McLaren as a development / prototype unit in order to test all
the evolutionary ideas eventually embodied in the subsequent six
Eventually, 19R was sold to a leading Japanese team and made its
competition debut at the 1997 FIA GT Suzuka 1000 Kilometer race.
Entered by Team Goh, finished 9th overall, driven by M. Sekiya,
A. Nakaya and K. Tsuchiya.
19R went on to compete until 2001 achieving an overall victory
in the Japanese GT Championship and three consecutive podium finishes
in the prestigious Suzuka 1000.
A few interesting facts...
-Only seven 1997 F1 GTR Longtail racecars were built. Total production
of 1995-97 GTR racecars numbered 28 (including the longtails). McLaren
built 72 F1 road cars (64 standard F1's, 5 F1 LM's and 3 F1 GT's).
100 McLaren F1s were built in total.
-The 1997 F1 GTR Longtail racecars were about 23" longer
than the 1995 and 1996 F1 GTR Short-tail racecars. The length of
the rear bodywork is increased about 20", while the front bodywork
is about 2.5" longer. The wheelbase is only about 0.2"
-The front track is about 2.5" wider and the rear track is
nearly 4" wider than the original F1 GTR. Despite these larger
dimensions, the 1997 GTR is more than 200 lbs. lighter than the
1996 version and nearly 300 lbs. lighter than the 1995 racing edition.
Chassis: Carbon fiber monocoque
Wheelbase: 107 inches
Length: 191.8 inches
Width: 75.7 inches
Height: 44.9 inches
Front Track: 63 inches
Rear Track: 62 inches
Suspension: Independent wishbone, pushrod
Engine: BMW/McLaren V-12
Displacement: 6.0 liters
Horsepower: over 630 @ 7500 rpm
Torque: over 480 lb. ft. @ 5600 rpm
Transmission: 6 speed sequential
The engine in 19R has about 5,000 kilometers. Amazingly the BMW-McLaren
6.0 liter race motors are good for 10,000 kilometers (or substantially
more if not pushed to their limit). All of the spares maintained
by the race team are also available.
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