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Woking Wednesday: The One That Started It All (Well, the GTRs, Anyway)

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I’m a relative late bloomer when it comes to appreciating the McLaren F1, but this particular car has quickly turned into my favorite race car of all time.

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We are probably all pretty familiar with the story of F1 GTR chassis #01R, but in case you are not, here is the quick and dirty:

When the BPR Global GT Series was launched in 1994, several teams saw racing potential in the just-released McLaren F1 and asked Gordon Murray to build a racing version of it so they could use it in competition. Murray agreed to build several chassis for the 1995 season and used F1 chassis #019 as the test mule, turning it into F1 GTR chassis #01R.

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Eight more were built, but after a heavy crash at a testing session in Jarama in March 1995, McLaren needed to replace one of the Gulf GTRs and was unable to supply Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing with #08R, which they were originally promised. So instead, they quickly turned the test mule into a Le Mans ready race car, and ended up winning the whole thing, setting the highest practice top speed of the year at 281 MPH on the Musanne Straight.

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That backstory alone makes this car the stuff of legends. Add to that the fact that the main sponsor is a plastic surgery clinic specializing in male enhancement, and you have a cool story, bro!

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This is a 1/64 by Kyosho. It is very well detailed as one would expect from Kyosho’s 1/64s, but sadly does not roll.

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I’m hoping to add a 1:43 version and 1:18 version soon as well, but for now this is it.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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