McLaren Automotive revealed that it officially opened in the U.S. its McLaren F1 Service Center. Based in Pennsylvania, this will be the first such service center in North America. In addition, it will be one of only two service facilities that are authorized to operate out of the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) located in Woking, United Kingdom. The facility is expected to offer both service and maintenance on F1s in North America.
It is important to note that while this new facility is managed by McLaren Philadelphia, it remains to be separate from the main retail facility which is McLaren Philadelphia. This new facility was developed in order to duplicate the services that are provided by the Woking-based MSO. All of the facility’s staff was trained by none other than the in-house technicians of MSO on providing the total F1 service experience. These include the standard annual maintenance all the way to full system refreshes. It even adds in major renovations.
The brand disclosed that the North American service center will be equipped with one of the original sets of special tooling, the same one used to service the F1. This annual service of the F1 generally involves a careful level of inspection done on the vehicle. These would include filters, fluids, full suspension inspection, and replacements for the wider blade. Under this facility, F1 models will get the full “vehicle shakedown” and participate in high speed runs on the runway or a closed test track. This process also entails assessing the vehicle through the model’s full performance envelope. Second annual service though means a higher level when it comes to inspection. Finally it is important that the fuel tank be replaced every five years.
McLaren North America President Tony Joseph said that servicing an F1 is not something that is done in a quick manner. When it comes to properly maintaining and servicing a McLaren F1, he added, it takes considerable time as the technician needs to check painstakingly each nut and bolt.
Joseph continued by saying that adding how long it takes to service the model and the actual time to transport it from and to the U.K. results to F1 owners in North America spending a lot of time away from their dear models. With the presence of a service center in this region, it not only significantly cuts the transport time but it also now has an authorized facility that can prioritize owners in this part of the world.
With a limited production run of 106 units, it comes as no surprise that the McLaren F1 is one of the world’s most exclusive cars. Developing an F1 model, from the planning, designing building, takes around 4 years. It continues to be the fastest naturally aspirated road car by being fitted with the 6.1-liter V12 engine that can deliver 620 bph.
McLaren disclosed that another F1 Service Center is expected to be set up in the West Coast of the U.S. and will be announced soon.