Friday, May 22nd 2015. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

If you read my “Six Reasons Why the McLaren F1 Is Still the World’s Coolest Supercar” piece from earlier this month, you probably already know that my arguments include the fact that F1s have become quite expensive recently. Whether they’re sold at public auctions or traded privately, buyers need to pay at least a couple of million bucks to take one home. A standard, road-going F1 in mint condition may fetch close to $10 million easily nowadays, but race-spec GTRs can be much more expensive. Exactly how expensive is something we will find out later this summer, when the Gulf-liveried F1 GTR Longtail shown above will change owners during a private sale supervised by McLaren itself.

Developed for the newly-formed FIA GT Championship in 1997, the Long Tail was the third and final iteration of the F1 GTR. Created to tackle the likes of the Porsche 911 GT1 and the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, the F1 GTR Long Tail featured a much longer nose and tail, as well as a wider rear wing. In short, the Long Tail was designed for the best possible aerodynamic downforce. McLaren built only 10 Long Tail race cars and three road-legal homologation versions.

This specific car, sponsored by Gulf, Dunhill, and Top Gear Magazine among others, had a rather disappointing career in the FIA GT Championship, scoring points only twice during the 1997 season. It changed owners many times following its retirement, fetching around $13 million at a Bonham’s auction in 2012.

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McLaren F1 GTR Sponsored By Top Gear For Sale originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 22 May 2015 06:00 EST.

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