Super Car | September 21, 2010

If you ever find yourself in a parlour game of some kind where you have to guess what my favourite car is then you’d better say the McLaren F1. I might try to trick you and claim it’s the Vauxhall Chevette, but I’d be thinking longingly about the F1.

The McLaren F1 - I once had a dream that I owned one. I was grumpy for a whole day after waking up...

There was a time when I used the hope of owning one as motivation to work hard. However, it clearly didn’t work, or at least it hasn’t yet, and it would seem that by the time I have saved enough pennies for one of these speed wagons three things will have come to pass:

  1. I will have probably passed away
  2. There won’t be any oil left run the thing
  3. Jay Leno will have bought them all

So I have moved on from all that V12 carbon fibre monocoque nonsense, supercars are passe, after all.

Jay Leno re-enacting the time he ate a rare Bugatti Atlantic...

The man in charge of the F1 project, the inestimable Gordon Murray, seems to be thinking that supercars are out of fashion too. He and his team have turned their genius (they’ve just earned those wings in my view, read on) with a whole new automotive project that doesn’t involve speed. Instead, they’ve designed a way of making cars that requires factories that are only 20% the size of the ones we have today.

If they don’t all get Knighthoods then I’ll never sing God Save The Queen again.



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  1. I so want one of those cool little cars. The European-style mini-cars aren’t very popular here in the U.S. (birthplace of Buicks, after all), but they’re starting to make more of a showing here and there.

    I’ve never cared about fancy cars. I always wanted small, cheap, efficient automobiles because they’ve never mattered to me – status wise.

    Great share. I like the idea of tiny-footprint manufacturing plants.

    Comment by Matt Warren — September 22, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    • I do like smaller cars, but back in the UK even those cars are large in comparison to the parking spaces – they’re crazy narrow.

      Comment by jonbrown1975 — September 23, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

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