Yawn. How many times have we heard that there will finally be a replacement for the McLaren F1? Why do we even need one? Does McLaren, having produced such a brilliant car all those years ago, have an ongoing inferiority complex that they are trying repeatedly to conquer?
I note that it is ridiculously low to the ground and doesn't have the driver in the middle. Two key differences to the F1, and for me, two things that made the F1 a car I will long aspire (likely in futility, but you never know what's 'round the corner...) to owning. Nick Mason's famous whinge to Gordon Murray about repeatedly breaking off his F40's front wing was most pertinent. What's the point in having a gorgeous hypercar if you can't don your Armani and Tag Heuer and go show it off because you're afraid of getting thoroughly stuck on a speed hump?
For me the F1 is a lot like Michael Jackson's album Thriller. Both are old now, but both are still utterly fresh today, and timeless. Both are examples of getting things very, very right. Those things don't come around very often in our lifetimes.
I refer here only to the original version of the F1 with the creature comforts, audio system, luggage space, etc - not the LM version like the one Mason ended up owning, or the full-on racers.
Apologies, this ended up a bit more sappy than I intended. I don't have feeling like this about very many cars.