15 February, 2019

The Story of McLaren

One of the most successful teams in Formula 1 with 182 race wins and tasting success across other disciplines such as Le Mans and Indianapolis, McLaren continues to push the boundaries of speed and performance. 

Their upcoming Speedtail will become the world's first Hyper-GT. With speeds of 250mph, this grand tourer will combine speed and comfort to create a new benchmark in the automotive world.

You can read more about this car here: McLaren Speedtail - A New Era.

The Speedtail is just an example of how McLaren endeavour to adhere to the philosophy of their founder, Bruce McLaren (1937-1970).

These ideals are made up of pragmatism, humility and strong teamwork which set the tone for their efforts in motorsport where they conquered everything they set their sights on.

McLaren Racing History

When McLaren was founded in 1966, their appetite for racing covered various disciplines and such as F1, Can-Am and the Indianapolis 500.

They contested in F1 in 1966 but used the Can-Am Series to fund it. They did remarkably well by winning 5 championships from 1967-71.

Their success carried over to the Indianapolis 500 where they tasted victories on three occasions (1972, 1974 and 1976). Now that McLaren was finding its rhythm across different series, they were making a name for themselves.

The success across these championships was a far cry from their F1 performances.

McLaren F1 History

Today, McLaren is one of F1's most successful teams.

However, they didn't hit the ground running as it took 2 years for them to take their maiden F1 victory at the Belgium GP in 1968.

That victory lead to 20 F1 championships and attracted the likes of Alain Prost, Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt and Ayrton Senna who won championships for the British team.

Ayrton Senna's winning car was auctioned before the historic Monaco Grand Prix! You can read more about it here: Ecclestone Buys Senna's 1993 McLaren F1 Car at Auction.

Before their quintuple win in the Can-Am series, their founder tragically lost his life testing for the upcoming 1971 season at Goodwood in 1970.

Since his passing, McLaren continues his legacy and created an array of cars such as the iconic McLaren F1 and the new 600LT.

Famous McLaren Cars

Becoming icons in their own right, these cars illustrate McLaren's engineering ability. 

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 was so far ahead of its time that parts from that car are still used in present-day engineering!

"I believe anything is possible. Forget the moon - with an engine this potent, let's aim for Mars." - Peter Robinson's review of the McLaren F1.

The McLaren F1 GTR was a racing variant of the McLaren F1. It won its class at Le Mans in 1995 and raced internationally until 2005!

McLaren P1

Known as the successor to the McLaren F1, this hybrid-powered hypercar forms part of the Holy Trinity of Hypercars.

With stats that should be illegal such as the 3.8L twin-turbo V8 Engine churning out 903BHP, McLaren put their heart and soul into this car and created a monster.

Check it out here: McLaren P1 Review.

McLaren Senna

Named after one of the most iconic racing drivers of all time, Ayrton Senna, this track-focused hypercar is part of the ultimate series.

With stats that will blow your mind, they created a delicate blend of McLaren’s values and Senna’s racing philosophy to create a car in a league of its own.

You can read about it here: McLaren Senna - the new track-focused Hypercar.

McLaren 600LT

How would you describe this car? The pretty assassin? Well, you're close. 

Headlining their Sports Series, the 600LT carries the famous 'LT' moniker. This philosophy aims to optimise the aero, downforce and weight of a car. 

In short, this car is punching above its weight and packs some serious performance. You can read more about it here: McLaren 600LT - Breaking Barriers.

Final Words

As McLaren continue to strive to move forward, the cars they are producing each carry the spirit of their founder. 

McLaren unveiled their track 25 plan which involves an array of new cars to their different series.

With news of a successor to the P1 in development, we can only imagine how McLaren will attempt to set a new benchmark for their former flagship car. 

What McLaren would you like to see? An SUV? A new 720S? Or perhaps something else? Hit the share the button and let someone know!

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Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren
Britain's greatest car manufacturer McLaren