Jay Leno’s love for cars and motorcycle is not a secret. There have been numerous articles and interviews regarding this matter. He would even showcased his large collection to various event and sometimes even auctioning off some of them to help people. Like when he auctioned off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by his celebrity guests, which sold for about $360,000, to help victims of the September 11 attacks. And in 2005, he repeated this act two times. When a bike was sold for $810,000 early in the year to aid victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. He later sold another bike for $1,505,100 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
His good acts and vast car collection have drawn interest in the automotive scene. Adding to that he being a famous comedian and best known as the current host of NBC television’s long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show, is something that will go unnoticeable.
So, I decided to check out some of his cars myself and see how this guy really rides.
Today, we will look at his 1995 McLaren F1. This car features a custom built BMW S70/2 engine that is a 6.1-liter, quad-cam, 48-valve V12. With all that power, the McLaren can run at a top speed of 240 mph. The concept behind this car was to give the driver racing quality performance that could be used every day. Then, chief engineer Gordon Murray‘s design concept was a common one among designers of high-performance cars: low weight and high power. This was achieved through use of high-tech and expensive materials like carbon fiber, titanium, gold and magnesium.
The McLaren F1 is one of the best performing vehicle in its time and this is probably why Leno added it to his growing collection. Watch out for more of Jay Leno’s car in my next blog posts.