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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 Standard
Interior in GT6 Simple
Manufacturer BMW Motorsport (entratant, in-game)
McLaren (actual constructor)
Displacement 5990 cc
Drivetrain MR
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 labeled as a BMW and produced by McLaren. It appears in Gran Turismo 4 Prologue, Gran Turismo 4, 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

GT4PEdit

Unlocked by completing lesson #35 in the Driving School area.

GT4Edit

This car is showcased at the BMW New Cars dealership, but is not available for purchase. It can only be obtained by winning the Gran Turismo All-Stars event.

GTPSPEdit

It can be purchased for 2,000,000 Credits.

GT5Edit

As a Standard car, it can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 3,537,173 Credits. It is a Level 23 car.

GT6Edit

Found in the BMW dealership, it can be purchased for 1,800,000 Credits. It is a simple car.

TriviaEdit

  • Though this F1 GTR Race Car was based on the F1 supercar produced by McLaren, it has appeared as a BMW vehicle in all games of the series, even after McLaren's appearance as a manufacturer in Gran Turismo 5. As BMW Motorsport was the team that entered this F1 GTR into the FIA GT Championship series, this is most likely the reason it has remained listed as a BMW vehicle.
  • An entry for SOK Mclaren GTR '99 (with an internal name of gtm9r, where "m" stands for McLaren and "9" stands for 1999 JGTC season) exists in demo builds of Gran Turismo 2 (specifically, the demo's replay name files), which is a variation of the "longtail" McLaren F1 GTR that ran in 1999 JGTC season, however the car was cut from said game prior to release.

NotesEdit

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