Since 1990, McLaren Automotive of England has designed and produced a limited number of exclusive, high-performance road cars. The organization is named after the late Bruce McLaren, a New Zealand-born racing driver, engineer, and race-car designer whose creations won races in series ranging from Formula One to CanAm. The McLaren F1 is a 240-mph supercar that uses technology from Formula One racing, including a strong, lightweight carbon fiber monocoque structure. Between 1992 and 1998, McLaren built 100 F1s, priced in excess of $1 million each. The F1's 6-liter, 627 horsepower BMW V12 gives this exotic three-seat coupe tremendous speed and acceleration, and the chassis provides handling to match. In 1995, F1s took first, third, fourth, and fifth places at 24 Hours of Le Mans, proving that a million dollars also buys impressive durability and racing capability. In 1999, McLaren started working with DaimlerChrysler to develop and build the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The car debuted in 2003. For a lucky few with $450,000 to spend, the new SLR provides unsurpassed levels of speed, handling, safety, and comfort. Like the McLaren F1, the SLR wraps a very powerful engine and a luxury interior in a lightweight composite structure. Its 5.4-liter, 617 horsepower AMG V8 propels the SLR to over 200 mph.

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