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The McLaren F1 has become the most expensive car sold at auction in 2021.

The F1 – one of the most prized collector cars for its rarity and place in motoring history – became the most expensive car sold at auction last year when it sold for $20.5 million at Pebble Beach. It also became the most expensive McLaren F1 ever sold.

The McLaren F1 is the creation of Gordon Murray, considered one of the greatest automotive engineers of all time. One of the reasons the F1 is highly sought after is its engine: a naturally aspirated 6.1-litre V12 engine developed and built by BMW.

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The development of the BMW V12 is a story in itself. Murray didn’t have enough budget to develop his own engine for F1 so he sought out some of the best engine builders in the world to do that instead. Murray had a list of requirements for the engine and was unwilling to compromise on any of them. He first went to Honda, but was rejected. He then turned to Paul Rosche at BMW M, who is a personal friend of his, who ended up taking on the challenge.

The requirements were that the engine had to be a V12, naturally aspirated, with at least 100 horsepower per liter and high revs. The BMW M team managed to tick all of Murray’s boxes, and the free-breathing V12 they created has been hailed as a masterpiece and one of the best engines of all time.

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The F1 is considered by many to be the first hypercar and with only 106 examples built between 1992 and 1998, it is among the most popular vehicles in the world today. This F1 shown here is finished in a Creighton Brown paint job, which is offset by a stylish light brown and beige interior. Unsurprisingly, the car has been used sparingly, with just 243 miles logged on its V12 engine.

In other hypercar news, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is currently hosting a two-part exhibit called “Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme.” The first part of the exhibition runs until September 22 with a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and a McLaren Speedtail. The second part will run from September 17, 2022 to May 14, 2023. If you are looking for car title loans without a credit check, click on here.

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