Coinciding with McLaren Automotive's celebration of the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 supercar is its official launching of the MP4-12C. In March 1990, a team of engineers joined forces to make the most innovative, technically advanced and revolutionary car ever built for the segment.
They eventually came up with a three-seater sports car that measures 4.2 meters long, 1.8 meters wide and 1.1 meters high.
This car had scissor-style doors and its power came from a BMW-sourced naturally aspirated V12 that delivers 447 kW (600 bhp/ 608 PS) in the standard car.
McLaren's major innovation was the central driving position with two extra seats mounted behind it.
McLaren was the first Formula One team to use a carbon fiber chassis in 1981 and its prowess with the material was displayed when the McLaren F1 used a lightweight carbon monocoque structure. The car was so light that the two passenger doors weighed only 7 kg each.
Over time, McLaren came up with several F1 variations, including a racing version called the F1 GTR which won the 1995 GT1 Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its debut.
McLaren also produced a special version, the F1 LM, of which only five were built, to celebrate the Le Mans win.
However, the F1 LM remains as the most powerful and valuable variant of the range. In 1994 when the F1 was launched, it was priced at £540,000 but in October 2008, a good-as-new model sold at auction for £2.53 million.