McLarens, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

McLaren celebrate 50 years at Goodwood Festival

Goodwood Festival of SpeedPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLarens, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

It is 50 years since Bruce McLaren founded his racing team. McLaren enjoyed success in Can-Am, IndyCar, Le Mans – an above all Formula One.

The team brought a collection of their cars to the Goodwood Festival of Speed including some of their most successful machines.

McLaren M1A (1964)

McLaren M1A, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

Bruce McLaren began building racing cars in 1963. This 1964 sports car began the McLaren racing car dynasty. Examples with Oldsmobile and Chevrolet (5.7-litre V8) engines appears at Goodwood; the car was also built to accept Ford power plants.

McLaren-Cosworth M7A (1968)

McLaren-Cosworth M7A, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

Bruce McLaren achieved the rare great of winning a Grand Prix in a car bearing his own name at Spa-Francorchamps in 1968, at the wheel of a Cosworth-powered M7A.

McLaren-Chevrolet M8D (1970)

McLaren-Chevrolet M8D, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

McLaren dominated the spectacular Can-Am series with the M8D. But tragically the team’s founder was killed while testing one of the cars at Goodwood in 1970.

McLaren-Cosworth M23 (1974)

McLaren-Cosworth M23, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

With the M23 McLaren enjoyed sustained success in the mid-seventies. Emerson Fittipaldi defected from Lotus to drive the car in its second year of service and delivered the title. Following his departure at the end of 1975, James Hunt took it to another title after an epic duel with Niki Lauda. That chapter in the M23’s history is told in the forthcoming film Rush.

McLaren-Offenhauser M16C (1974)

McLaren-Offenhauser M16C, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

McLaren scored two triumphs at the Indianapolis 500 with the turbo-powered M16. Johnny Rutherford’s 1974 win was scored with a factory-run car, unlike Mark Donohue’s 1972 victory for Penske.

McLaren-Honda MP4-4 (1988)

McLaren-Honda MP4-4, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

McLaren enjoyed a successful run with Porsche power in the eighties. But its F1 apogee came in 1988 with the devastating Honda-powered MP4-4. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost laid waste to the opposition, winning all bar one of that year’s 16 races.

McLaren-Peugeot MP4-9 (1994)

McLaren-Peugeot MP4-9, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

After Honda’s 1992 departure McLaren spent a year using Cosworth engines, then tried and rejected a switch to Lamborghini power. Peugeot came on board for 1994 bit the partnership was not a success: McLaren endured their first winless season since 1980. The following year Peugeot were replaced by Mercedes.

McLaren F1 GTR (1995)

McLaren F1 GTR, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

While their F1 team endured a fallow spell McLaren scored their first win in another classic race: the Le Mans 24 Hours, ironically using a race version of their iconic ‘F1’ road car. JJ Lehto, Yannick Dal and Masanori Sekiya were the drivers.

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 (1998)

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

A rewrite of the F1 aerodynamic regulations and the hiring of Adrian Newey from Williams put McLaren back on the path to championship success. This is their most recent car to win the constructors’ championship.

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23 (2008)

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

Ten years later McLaren’s home-grown hero Lewis Hamilton won the drivers’ title in his second season, having narrowly missed out in his rookie campaign.

McLaren MP4-12C GT3 (2013)

McLaren MP4-12C GT3, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

The latest racing derivative of a McLaren road car compete in GT racing.

McLaren P1 (2013)

McLaren P1, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

The P1 is McLaren’s successor to the iconic F1, and will be one of the top performing road cards in the world when it goes on sale. It goes up against Ferrari’s latest top-of-the-line model – the LaFerrari.

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