The 20-year-old laptop that runs a R145-million supercar

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.

McLaren F1

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The 20-year-old laptop that runs a R145-million supercar