For certain it will be impossible to find the person who in 2003 would challenge that fact that McLaren F1 of 1994 is one of the fastest and unique cars in the world. 10 years ago this model was not… (READ MORE)
Bruce McLaren, the McLaren team founder, was not only the racer, but also the engineer. It based own command Bruce McLaren Motor Racing in the end of 1963. The nice history of a McLaren team from this point on begins. Bruce McLarens command was one of the most successful in an auto racing of 60th years. For Bruce McLaren motor racing was his life, and victories in races – meaning of the life. In five years it won the first victory in Grand Prix, and its command excellent acted in rich series CanAm, winning the championships and having huge profits within five years, and also built numerous copies of the victorious race cars for sale. Nevertheless, they did not leave “Formula-1” though the basic attention concentrated on the program of working out sports cars.
The first own car McLaren became M1, equipped with engine Oldsmobile. McLaren M1 participated in races of series CanAm in 1964. In 1965 Bruce McLaren employed engineer Robin Herd which created its first single chassis for the McLaren. The first car has been equipped by engines Oldsmobile V8, and created as the test car for tire company Firestone. «McLaren-ford М2В», appeared in the first Grand prix of “three-liter” “Formula” in Monaco on May, 22nd, strengthened become outdated enough, but still powerful engine «Ford Indi V8». The engine which has been recognized by unusable.
In 1966г. Bruce starts in Grand Prix on own design and starts to work over the program of Sport cars of the company of Ford, but before had time to publish M3 which participated in races of Formula Libre and subsequently has been used in filming’s about a Grand prix series.Cooperation with Ford brought to the McLaren stunning success – in 1967 on orange race cars M6A Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme won first five of six stages CanAm and occupied the two first lines in a series. Bruce became the champion of series CanAm while Denny won the championship Formuly-1, supporting Brabham. The same year the company also made M4A on which John Kumbs acted. Appeared M5A on which there was engine BRM V12 Later. Unfortunately, the new car appeared not too reliable and from 4 finishing Grand Prix a season in which she participated, Bruce McLaren could reach finish only once.
In 1968 chief designer McLaren Robin Herd created new McLaren M7, and Ford gave to a command the new engines – Cosworth DFV. It became the beginning of an ascension of a command in races of a class Formula-1. At the wheel M7 Bruce McLaren won a victory in Race of Champions in Brands Hatch which became the first victory of the team in races of a class Formula-1, and Grand Prix to Belgium.
In 1969 some versions McLaren M7 participated in Formule-1. On Grand prix of Great Britain at the wheel M9A Derek Bell acted. In series CanAm domination McLaren proceeded – Bruce McLaren and Denny Halm won all 11 races, and Bruce again became the champion, taking a revenge from Denny Halms. For participation in the Formula 5000 has been created McLaren M10A on which Peter Gethin won the championship. In 1970 the command decided to take part in series Indycar, has been for this purpose created McLaren M15. For Formuly-1 has been created M14A. In the formula 5000 participated modified M10, and in series CanAm – also modified M8. But the successful beginning of 70th ended with tragedy. At first during tests M15 as a result of ignition serious burns of hands were received by Denny Halm, and after it on tests M8 CanAm on a line in “Gudvude” Bruce McLaren broke. It was the big blow for a command. All waited that without energy and McLarens talent the command long does not stretch. But nobody guessed that the present triumph and victories still ahead. After death of the McLaren over a command ten years Teddy Mayer supervised, then in 1982 it headed Ron Dennis, and for last twenty years «McLaren International» reached tremendous successes which on-advantage would be estimated by the founder.
With the help Pull Halms a command in the seventies it was fixed in the top echelon of commands-leaders, but by the end of decade results were not so good also a command started to fall slowly downwards. The financial support of tobacco giant British American Tobacco which has placed on boards of race cars McLaren advertising of cigarettes Marlboro rescued From financial crash. New sponsors stimulated interflow of a command to the new project Rhone with Dennis for Formula-2.
In 1984г. The command wins 12 of 16 stages of the championship. Niki Laud outruns the team mate Alain Prost of all on a floor of a point and becomes the world champion. Further hour of triumph McLaren comes. Alan Prost in 1985-1986. Wins title of the world champion. In 1988, A.Senna brings to a command a victory in a cup of designers, and laurels of the world champion.
Since 1988 the command did not know defeats up to 1991. In a season 1988 and 1989 between Senna and Simple, supporting McLaren, was fierce struggle for a champion title and so in 1988 it won Is simple, and in 1989 Senna. That in 1989 from 16 Grand Prix McLaren won 15 is remarkable, the sixteenth victory did not manage to be won because both racers descended as a result of crash among themselves.
In 1987 in “McLaren” Gordon Murray, the developer 34 racing cars, gained 41 victory in races Grand Prix came. In 1988 it presented the creation concept super cars to the head “McLaren”, Rhone to Dennis who has been obedient the presented project. Result of negotiations became created on March, 17th 1989 “McLaren Cars Ltd.
Official representation F-1 took place in Monaco sports club on May, 28th, 1992, the day before Principality’s Grand Prix. In the same place cost of it super car, in a state of shock of rather well-founded clubmen — 530000 pounds sterling has been declared. However 10 persons there and then brought the first payment on purchase of this car. Nicknamed “F1”, this car was initially planned as road and did not intend for racing lines. However, not ordinary case allows “F1” to develop the highest indicators in the ratio weight and capacity among constructed road cars all ever: powerful 6,1-litre engine “BMW” (550 h.p.) and small weight car (only 1018 kg) allows “F1” to reach unknown specific capacity, superfluous for usual road car. The Gear box six-high-speed: first five smoothly disperse to 257 km/hour, the sixth — increases speed to 386 km/hour.
Rear engine McLaren P1 which release began in 2013, only 375 of these will be released. The price of coupe McLaren P1 in the European market — hardly above one million euro. The car is equipped with engine V8 3.8… (READ MORE)