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BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97
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Appears in Gran Turismo 4 Prologue
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Type in GT5 ST[1]
Interior in GT6 Simple[2]
Manufacturer BMW
Displacement 5990 cc
Drivetrain MR[3]
Aspiration NA
Engine BMW S70 6.0L V12
Max Power 600 BHP (limited)
Performance Points 630 PP
Weight 950 kilograms (2,100 lb)
Power/Weight Ratio 1.58 kg (3.5 lb) per horsepower

The BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 is a Race car produced by BMW. It appears in Gran Turismo 4 (Prologue included), Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6

The car appears to be the #42, driven by JJ Lehto, Steve Soper, and Nelson Piquet, who participated in the GT1 class of the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car, however, failed to finish the race.

In-game descriptionEdit

"The F1 GTR racing machine that took the Le Mans title and GT races around the world."


Established in 1965, F1 constructor McLaren has become a veteran team on par with the distinguished Ferrari F1 family. However, there is something that Ferrari had and McLaren didn't, an in-house manufactured, road-worthy sports car.

For this reason, McLaren looked to genius designer Gordon Murray to develop the McLaren F1.

This car was born to be an F1 car that can drive on public roads, but the high power sports car was also brought to the racing circuit to show off its performance. McLaren developed the racing model F1 GTR and supplied it for racing.

A chin spoiler and rear wing were added for the F1 GTR and the ride height was lowered even further. It was also drastically reduced in weight from the normal 1134kg. BMW Motorsport provided the V12 engine which was tuned to produce even more power than the normal 618 BHP. The tires were increased in size from 17" to 18" and the brakes were fitted with carbon discs.

The release of the F1 was shocking. In the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team of Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and J. J. Lehto claimed victory in the F1 GTR, while 3rd, 4th and 5th place were also dominated by the McLaren. Additionally, the 1995 and 1996 British GT Championships were monopolized by the F1's overwhelming strength.

The F1 GTR was also active in the GT races of many countries. In the 1996 All-Japan GT Championship, the team of David Brabham and John Nielsen became the series champions. In 1997, a long tail specification model was added, improving aerodynamics. Private teams continued entering the car in races thereafter and it continued fighting on the front lines of racing until the 2003 season.

AcquisitionEdit

GT6Edit

This car can be purchased for 1,800,000 Credits. It is a simple car.

GT5Edit

As a Standard car, the BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car '97 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 3,537,173 Credits. It is a Level 23 car.

GTPSPEdit

This car can be purchased for 2,000,000 Credits.

GT4Edit

This car is showcased at the BMW New Cars dealership, but is not available for purchase. It must be won by winning by winning the Gran Turismo All-Stars championship.

TriviaEdit

  • Despite being clearly a McLaren vehicle, this car was always listed as a BMW vehicle in the Gran Turismo games, even after McLaren's debut in the series in Gran Turismo 5. The main reason for the appearance of this car as a BMW vehicle, however, is due to the fact that this car was entered by BMW Motorsport, BMW's division for motorsport-related activities.

NotesEdit

  1. Appears as a Standard Car in Gran Turismo 5
  2. Appears as a simple car in Gran Turismo 6
  3. Mid-engined; Rear-Wheel Drive