Come on feel the noise
Posted: 21 May 2010
There's extravagance here too. Above the crank - which sits 10mm lower than on the DBS, thanks to a new dry sump - there's masses of carbon fibre and, decadently, sheets and sheets of crinkled gold leaf on the underside of the bonnet and surrounding the engine block. "It's the best heat-reflecting material around," says Porritt. "It worked for the McLaren F1. It works here."
The spirit of the F1 rings throughout the One-77: a fanatical dedication to the finest materials and engineering, regardless of cost (and for a million quid, you'd hope money would be no object). Each one of the bars on the front grille, bonnet vents and rear diffuser is unique: individually moulded, explains Porritt, to achieve the cleanest air-flow through and over the car's body.