Rare McLaren F1 GTR Collides with Hay Bale, Leaving Racing Fans in Awe



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Rare McLaren F1 GTR Collides with Hay Bale, Leaving Racing Fans in Awe

McLaren's latest exploit at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed had all the hallmarks of a compelling narrative: a stunning victory, a venerable protagonist, and an unexpected twist. The limelight was captured by the triumphant Solus GT, yet the audience couldn't take their eyes off a dramatic incident involving a rare McLaren F1 GTR.

The Hay Bale Incident

A heart-stopping spectacle unfolded when the Lark #60 McLaren F1 GTR collided with a seemingly innocuous hay bale. The event's grainy footage immortalizes the moment when the racing beast slammed into the barrier, damaging its front left corner.

With only 106 examples of this model ever produced, including road and racing cars and prototypes, the F1 GTR is a precious automotive artifact. Even within this exclusive group, the damaged car boasts a distinct pedigree as one of only 28 models with GTR specifications.

But for admirers of this limited edition model, there's a silver lining: the damage doesn't appear to be severe.

The Legacy of the Lark

Ironically, the rarity of the F1 GTR, the car's racing lineage, and its past escapades have only intensified the drama.

The vehicle's past owners include the likes of comedic actor Rowan Atkinson, who sold his F1 for a whopping £8 million despite its history of two accidents. Emerging from McLaren's stable in 1996, the Goodwood casualty carries the chassis number #13R.

It's a noteworthy participant of the GT500 class of the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship, now known as the Super GT. The #60 car and its sibling, the Lark #61 McLaren F1 GTR, gained fame as chariots for the likes of Naoki Hattori, Ralf Schumacher, David Brabham, and John Nielsen.

The Lark duo's crowning achievement was clinching the first and second places in the 1996 JGTC Championship, making them the first non-Japanese cars to achieve such an honor. Notably, the #60 car scored the most victories that season, gracing the top step of the podium thrice.

However, after a mishap early in its career, the #61 car was written off and later converted to a road car, leaving #60 as the last of its kind.

What Next for the Damaged Star?

Under the hood, the McLaren F1 boasts a BMW 6.1-liter V12 engine that churns out 618 hp and 650 Nm of torque.

This impressive feat, however, was tamed to around 500 hp in the JGTC to comply with GT500 series regulations. Power is distributed through a 6-speed manual transmission.