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Here’s an Amazing Video About the McLaren F1 Ownership Experience

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to own a McLaren F1, this video gives you pretty good insight into the experience. Created by VINWiki — a new startup that’s essentially a vehicle history reporting tool with a social media kick — the video is 8 minutes of former McLaren F1 owner Bruce Weiner talking about the McLaren F1 ownership process. And oh, wow, is it interesting.

The video starts by discussing Weiner’s McLaren F1 acquisition process, which stalled for a year as he and the seller went between $1.2 and $1.3 million. After eventually buying the car (apparently from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu) for $1.2 million, Weiner discovered that the costs don’t end there — and, in fact, they were just beginning.

Although Weiner tells several interesting stories in the video, perhaps the most exciting is the talk of the $50,000 tire change. According to Weiner, the tires on his F1 were considered “expired” by the factory when he purchased it; even though they had only covered a few miles, they were “timed out” and needed replacement. According to McLaren, a new set of tires was $50,000 — split between the cost of the tires and all the other things necessary to install them. What were those things? Well, the tires couldn’t just be mounted and balanced on a standard lift. Instead, they had to be balanced on a race track, meaning Weiner would’ve paid for the tires, plus track rental, a racing driver, McLaren mechanics, insurance and standby medical personnel — all for a tire change.

In the video, Weiner also calls the car “boring” to drive and notes that he didn’t have much use for its impressive performance, since it was far beyond any reasonable legal limits. He also says that out of 1,000-plus cars he’s owned (including a Ferrari Enzo and an entire museum dedicated to microcars), he regrets selling the F1 the most — largely because its value has ballooned since he sold it, to the point where some F1 models have recently sold for $15 million.

If you’ve ever wondered about the McLaren F1, watch the video — it’s worth the 8 minutes. Find a McLaren for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. With the cars trading around $13m-$15m and climbing I’m guessing the majority of the owners these days don’t even blink when they hear the prices.

  2. Car people always throw around the term “bulletproof” to describe whatever relatively uncomplicated engine they happen to like.  This may be the first time someone ever said that about a BMW V12 (especially a V12 that puts out 600+ hp…).  I guess one’s threshold of how they define reliability becomes really skewed after owning so many exotics.

  3. The McLaren F1 LM that was loaned to McLaren Philadelphia this past winter apparently quietly changed hands for $20 million a few years back.  Now that road cars (with high down force kits) are $15 million, this car would probably sell for $25 million.

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