Robb Design Portfolio: Superstar Supercar

The McLaren F1 is perhaps the most fastidiously engineered automobile of the 20thcentury. Some 100 of these English supercars were made between 1992 and 1998; of these, 65 were road-going versions like number 038 (pictured). The rest were built for competition in various states of tune and trim.

What set the McLaren apart was the designers’ no-compromise approach to concept and execution. Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens realized a three-seat Formula One racer for the road, delivering speed, finesse, and safety in a tidy package that looks as modern today as it did in 1988, when Murray envisioned it.

The McLaren’s carbon-fiber monocoque chassis—the first in a road car—supports a mid-mounted BMW 6.1-liter V-12 engine that generates 627 hp. Long the world’s fastest production car, the 240-plus-mph McLaren remains one of the most highly valued. It may also be the only investment-caliber production car made since the 1970s: A 2008 auction result for one lucky seller topped $4 million.

The one-off 550 Italia prototype mates a Fiat 500 body with a Ferrari 458 Italia engine…
Limited to 50 examples, the supercar features design details found on McLaren’s 1995 Le Mans–...
The global program will feature top models from Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini…
Cadillac hopes to take on its Germans competitors with its first modern full-size flagship…
Photo by Mercedes-Benz USA
The new cars expand the marque’s C-Class offerings…
The daylong event will include exhibitions, rides, and live entertainment…
A hand-embroidered silk interior, ruby-set dials, and mother-of-pearl paint set this Phantom apart...
Photo by David Dewhurst Photography
The all-new design is aimed at the hip crowd, but loyalists may balk…
Photo by 2014 Infiniti
The QX50’s size increase promises a roomy ride for passengers…
Photo by Barry Hathaway
Robb Report takes a ride and speaks with the actor, whose passion for motorcycles fueled the fire...