A NIGHTMARE TO WORK ON? NOT A BIT OF IT IN FACT. WE DISCOVER AT WORKING. MECHANICS LOVE FETTLING THE MCLAREN F1
COMPARED TO MANY CARS, these are a mechanic’s dream,” says Pani Tsouris as we both peer past the dazzling gold heat protection and highly polished titanium exhausts to the vast V12 nestling deep in the engine bay.
“Everything has been properly thought through. The fuses are easy to access, all the fluid reservoirs are bundled together in the nose, and there’s space – you can get to all 12 spark plugs and the air and oil filters.”
This was not what I was expecting to hear. I was prepared instead for tales of the McLaren F1 being a proper prima donna, requiring a tortuous service schedule, and a technician with double-jointed wrists and an ability to see through steel. However, if anyone can set me straight, it’s Tsouris. He’s lead F1 technician at the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) Heritage division, and he’s been working on the iconic supercars for more than 15 years, here at a large, nondescript warehouse on an industrial estate in Woking, Surrey, UK.
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