30 June 2009 - 11:00
McLaren F1 GTR up for sale
Having invested heavily in mobile duck islands and swine-flu preventing face masks, Top Gear's coffers are fit to burst.
So we're going to blow it all on this, a 1997 McLaren F1 GTR racer up for sale in Japan.
The F1 GTR is the racing version of the legendary McLaren supercar. One of only 10 long-tail F1s built for the 1997 FIA GT season, the F1 features BMW's 6.0-litre V12 putting out 447kW through a sequential gearbox.
The stretched bodywork - a longer nose and tail, as well as a bigger rear wing - was developed to aid downforce, which made the 1997 F1 GTR a fraction slower than the previous year's F1. It still managed to hit 317km/h on the Mulsanne Straight, though.
If you're thinking of bidding against Top Gear for the F1 GTR, it's being offered for sale in Japan by Wintel.
Now all we need is a racing Veyron to settle the contest for good...