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How a one-off BMW M8 prototype spawned the greatest engine of a generation

When the McLaren F1 arrived in 1993, seemingly from a time machine, it was an instant sensation that in no time was splashed on bedroom walls the world over. Gordon Murray’s design was timeless, exotic, and thrilling. The F1 was light, at 2,579 pounds. Ruthless and purpose-built. And nestled amidships was one of the greatest naturally aspirated engines to ever combust a drop of gasoline—BMW’s S70/2, a 627-hp 6.1-liter V-12 powerhouse of German engineering.


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