McLaren F1 Owners in North America Can Now Get Their Cars Serviced

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The North American McLaren F1 Service Center is now opened in Pennsylvania.

Operated by McLaren Philadelphia, the new facility offers maintenance and service on McLaren F1s located in North America. It is one of only two authorized service facilities outside of McLaren Special Operations (MSO) in Woking, United Kingdom. To ensure customer discretion and privacy, the McLaren F1 Service Center is located at a remote site in Pennsylvania, separate from the main McLaren Philadelphia facility. Designed to replicate the services provided by MSO at its headquarters in the U.K., the staff at the service center has been trained by MSO in-house technicians on the complete F1 service experience, ranging from basic annual maintenance to full system refreshes and even major renovations.

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The facility also holds one of the original sets of special tooling required to service the F1. Just to give you an idea of how extensive maintenance is on the F1, the annual service involves a meticulous level of inspection to the vehicle, including fluids, filters, wiper blade replacements, and a full suspension inspection. Although that sounds routine, the service requires a full “vehicle shakedown” on a closed test track or runway for high speed runs. On every second annual service, there’s a higher level of inspection that includes a brake service and flush, a more in-depth vehicle alignment, CV joint service, air conditioning service, and coolant service. And then every five years, the fuel tank on the F1 must be replaced, a process that involves removing the powertrain from the vehicle.

“The key to servicing and maintaining a McLaren F1 correctly is allowing adequate time for the technician to meticulously check every nut and bolt—servicing an F1 is not a quick process,” said Tony Joseph, president, McLaren North America. “For North American owners, when you add up the time the actual service takes, with transport time to and from the U.K. – it equals a lot of time away from their vehicle. Having a service center in North America will allow us to drastically cut back on transport time and gives us an authorized facility that prioritizes North American F1s and owners.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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