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Country of origin:United States
Introduced in:2023
Source:Company press release
Last updated:August 03, 2023
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Click here to download printer friendly versionNichols Cars has revealed the production-ready N1A, the 900 kg Can-Am-inspired British supercar that pays homage to one of the most iconic racing cars of all time: the original McLaren M1A. Led by renowned motorsport engineer, Steve Nichols, Nichols Cars has created the road-going N1A, a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports car with minimal driver aids and a naturally-aspirated V8 engine.

Establishing Nichols Cars in 2017, Steve Nichols and CEO of Nichols Cars, John Minett, set out to create a true driver’s car – providing an immersive, intoxicating and highly emotional experience. Featuring precise visual and performance enhancements, the N1A aims to capture the attention of automotive enthusiasts worldwide as its timeless design and impressive engineering specifications celebrate the true meaning of driving: being in control.

Taking the name from its muse and co-founder, Steve Nichols, and inspiration from racing cars of the naturally aspirated golden era, the N1A has entered the last phase in its production journey and is presented today in its production-ready, launch specification. 

Together with incredibly talented individuals they have encountered over the years from all corners of the automotive industry, Nichols and Minett set on a journey to create a car that utilises the latest in today’s automotive technology, inspired by racing cars of the past, but built to be enjoyed on the open road.

A renowned name in the motorsport world, most notably in Formula One, Steve Nichols worked with McLaren in the late 1980s and early 1990s and is credited with introducing the applications of carbon fibre to Formula One, a material that is now commonplace in most racing cars today. Becoming lead designer at McLaren in 1987, the first car Nichols designed for the famed marque, the MP4/3, carried Alain Prost to three victories and led the team to finish second in that year’s Constructors’ Championship behind Williams.

At the height of the rivalry between legendary drivers Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, the second car that Nichols oversaw is often regarded as Formula One’s most iconic car, the mighty McLaren MP4/4. Carrying Senna to his first of three Driver’s Championship wins and winning an impressive 15 out of 16 races in the 1988 season, the MP4/4 became one of the most dominant Formula One cars of all time.

Later joining teams such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Jordan, and Sauber, before eventually coming back to McLaren during the Mika Häkkinen era at the end of the 1990s, Nichols’ magic touch has followed him throughout his career. A firm believer that the racing cars of the 1960s are among some of the best cars ever created, and that the early ‘60s cars had a different kind of appeal as it was the last time a racing car bore any kind of resemblance to something that was seen on the road, Nichols is now transferring his engineering skills and appreciation for automotive heritage to the N1A.

Drawing on the inspirations of the original McLaren M1A, the N1A’s sleek bodywork panels are made from Formula One-grade graphene-infused carbon fibre. The iconic headlights and design cues of the M1A have been carefully implemented into the N1A’s structure, to ensure its swooping body is not only striking to look at but, thanks to carefully considered detailing, aerodynamically efficient, too. 

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