McLaren needs a 20-year-old Compaq laptop to maintain its F1 supercar – The Verge

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McLaren’s F1 supercar is special in much more methods compared to one. Even now it’s still the world’s fastest production vehicle along with a naturally aspirated engine, and McLaren just built 106 F1s in total. Jalopnik visited McLaren recently, and located an additional special aspect to the F1: a 20-year-old laptop. McLaren is still servicing the existing 100 F1s along with a Compaq laptop from the early ‘90s.

“The requirement we requirement those individual Compaq laptops is that they run a bespoke CA card which is installed in to them,” explains a McLaren spokesperson to Jalopnik. “The CA card is an interface between the laptop software (which is DOS-based) and the car.” If you’ve never ever heard of a CA card, after that Jalopnik commenter Mike Herbst helpfully explains it’s a Conditional Access card. Modern PCs usage smart cards or USB keys along with special access codes to access sensitive systems, and the CA card was used as custom hardware as portion of an integrated system for security and copy protection.


McLaren F1
McLaren F1

McLaren has actually been sourcing Compaq LTE 5280 laptops to preserve servicing the F1s, yet the firm is “functioning on an brand-new interface which will certainly be compatible along with modern laptops” so it won’t have actually to preserve hunting for these ancient machines. For now, a 20-year-old Compaq is the crucial to servicing among the world’s fastest production cars. If you’re thinking about buying the F1 that McLaren is selling, you won’t have the ability to plug in any sort of old laptop and disable any sort of of those annoying dash warnings. That’s probably the least of your worries once the supercar will certainly most likely sell for much more compared to $10 million.

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