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GoPro Captures A 1996 McLaren F1 GTR Hot Lap: Video


The creation of the GoPro has a launched a sort of mini technological imperative. If there's a place someone can stick these cameras, you can bet they'll put one there.

Capturing race driver Justin Bell completing a lap of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a 1996 McLaren F1 GTR Le Mans car might be the coolest use of a GoPro so far. Bell raced an F1 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, finishing third, so this is familiar territory for him.

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With cameras attached to the outside of the car and the front of Bell's helmet, there's a fairly comprehensive view of the action. While the external cameras provide a somewhat obstructed view of the F1 negotiating Mid-Ohio's corners, seeing Bell at work in the cockpit--including some nice heel-and-toe action--is pretty cool.

The F1 looks just as majestic as it did 18 years ago. Designer Gordon Murray never intended to take the gold-lined supercar racing, but his ultimate road car proved irresistible to the helmet-clad set. It took the overall win at Le Mans in 1995, and returned in 1996 and 1997. F1 GTR racers also appeared in FIA GT, and British and Japanese sports car racing series.

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It was a fitting complement to the F1 road car, the fastest production car of its day and one still revered for its combination of technology and analog tactility. Today's P1 hybrid carries on the F1 legacy, although you're unlikely to see one with racing numbers on its doors anytime soon.

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