On a recent tour of the McLaren Special Operations workshop in England by Jalopnik, the publication discovered the PC hardware that runs one of world’s most desirable supercars – the McLaren F1.
The $10-million car, of which 100 are in existence, requires a Compaq LTE 5280 laptop from the early 90s to be serviced.
McLaren’s Compaq – pictured above – has a bespoke CA card which acts as an interface between the car and the laptop’s DOS-based software.
According to the 5280’s manual, the laptop features:
- 120MHz Intel Pentium processor
- Up to 80MB of RAM
- 256KB cache memory
- CD-ROM drive
McLaren said it is working on a new interface, which will allow it to move away from the Compaq laptops for services.