Nothing Can Prepare You For A McLaren F1’s Maintenance Costs

Owning a car like a McLaren F1 includes much more than the initial sky-high cost to purchase one. As this ex-F1 owner asserts, the maintenance bill for an F1 is truly out-of-this-world.

The former owner, Bruce Weiner, purchased his F1 used for a cool $1.2 million. Perhaps a little ignorant of the costs associated with owning an F1, Weiner parted ways with the car after a few months of ownership upon discovering the insane amounts of money required to keep the legendary supercar on the road.

Weiner asserts that the previous owner of his F1 paid roughly $300,000 to have it sent back to the factory and repainted in Volcano Orange. When Weiner picked up the keys to his new ride, he discovered that many components of the F1 need to be replaced every few years, even if the car isn’t driven.

For example, the fuel cell needs to be changed every five years for roughly $100,000. Additionally, the clutch needs to be changed every 2-3 years and it costs $50,000 to replace the tires. Interestingly, Weiner says that the real expense of swapping the tires came from McLaren’s requirement for the owner to rent out a racetrack, hire a private driver, and pay a team of engineers to perfectly set up the supercar’s suspension systems to work in sync with the new rubber.

As crazy as these alleged costs are, we’re taking them with a grain of salt. After all, Weiner incorrectly claims that there were just 63 road-going F1s built (there were 64) and that the car used an “off-the-shelf” engine from BMW when in fact its 6.1-liter BMW V12 was bespoke and not used by any other car.


  • Bash

    Wow!!! And (Mr. bean) had one as his daily car. Can you believe it?!!

    • KareKakk

      Yes, that poor guy…

    • Moveon Libtards

      About as reliable as a Tesla. Lol

    • Yeah didn’t he rebuilt it again… I heard it cost somewhere between 700-800 thousand GBP.

      • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

        Rebuilt it twice. Sold it for 13 million pounds.

      • Bash

        Maybe, then he sold it.

  • jsz00

    I doubt F1 owners are going to do any of that… because all of them are garage queens.

    • Tell that to Jay Leno and Rowan Atkinson

      • jsz00

        omg only 2…

        • I’m just making my point by naming the famous example. Not all of them spent times in garage.


  • ediotsavant

    Paid $1.2M and can’t afford the maintenance?

  • SteersUright

    Most of his complaints sound like click-bait. You can also use improved newer parts and as with all tech, prices get driven down over the years making most of this very hard to believe. When a Porsche 918 or a Ferrari all come with tires that can be replaced for far less, this just sounds dumb.

    • Bob

      From my own sources, the cost of owning an F1 is leagues ahead of Ferrari and, especially, Porsche.

    • yawn

      It’s a bespoke car. The only user replaceable parts would be the indicators from a bus and the electric window switches from GM. Everything else is purpose built for the F1, hence why you can’t retrofit anything else. Do you really think there’s tuners out there making “upgrade” parts for a McLaren F1?

  • Bo Hanan

    I don’t believe any of this. And large egos promoting themselves are a dime a dozen.

  • Nick099

    “..As crazy as these alleged costs are, we’re taking them with a grain of
    salt. After all, Weiner incorrectly claims that there were just 63
    road-going F1s built (there were 64) and that the car used an
    “off-the-shelf” engine from BMW when in fact its 6.1-liter BMW V12 was
    bespoke and not used by any other car….”

    Seriously? You are dismissive of this man’s statements because he is using everyday language to describe the issues rather than specific, legal and technical terms? You should demand half as much of your writers.

  • Six_Tymes

    awesome fav car of all time. that said, rich peoples problems, too funny. he knows what he is talking about, and obviously a smart man.

  • smartacus

    How much does it cost to
    replace a windshield wiper?

    Do they fly it over to Seattle
    to calibrate it to rain drops?

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