2000 Honda NSX JGTC

The NSX was a major contributor to the design of the McLaren F1

Honda’s breakthrough engineering in the NSX was a major contributor to the design of the McLaren F1 as mentioned in an interview with McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray.

Using a stroker crankshaft from Toda Racing, the naturally aspirated engine displaced 3.5 liters and produced nearly 500 bhp. (1920x1200)

“The moment I drove the NSX, all the benchmark cars—Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini—I had been using as references in the development of my car vanished from my mind. Of course the car we would create, the McLaren F1, needed to be faster than the NSX, but the NSX’s ride quality and handling would become our new design target.” The NSX was marketed as the first “Everyday Supercar” thanks in part to its ease of use, quality and reliability. Murray himself remained an NSX owner for 7 years.