We were lucky enough to get our hands on the McLaren F1 GTR owned by BMW of North America that raced at Le Mans in 1996 for a recent comparison test. Editor-at-large Sam Smith smartly strapped a camera to his helmet before hopping into the driver's seat for a few laps at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The sound it makes is life-changing.
The F1 GTR is powered by a naturally aspirated V-12 developed by BMW called the S70/2. It makes 600 horsepower. Smith says he drove the car "carefully," and considering it's worth north of $15 million, we can't blame him. Even so, the downshifts are enough to get us going.
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