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A Brief History

McLaren Racing was formed in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren and achieved considerable success in both Forumla One, Indy Car and Can-Am series. McLarens first foray into road cars was intended to be a road going version of the M6 Can-Am car. Unfortunately the project halted with the untimely death of founder Bruce McLaren in 1970.

Nearly twenty years passed until the formation of McLaren's road car division, McLaren Cars, which was established in 1989. Just five years later came the companies first road car, the legendary McLaren F1. Designed by Gordon Murray, the F1 was a no expenses spared lightweight hypercar, which shattered world records at a whim. It's top speed of over 240mph was an official world record for over a decade.

During the late 1990s. McLaren entered into partnership with Mercedes to create the Mercedes SLR McLaren supercar, spawning two even more powerful derivatives. Three further potential new projects were cancelled when the Mercedes partnership came to an acrimonious end.

As a result, McLaren cars became McLaren Automotive in 2011. Several highly regarded supercars have followed in the guise of the MP4-12C, 650S, 675LT, cumulating in the 900bhp P1 Hypercar, spiritual successor to the F1.



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Models 
F1 (94-98) 
F1 LM (1995) 
MP4-12C (11-14) 
P1 (13-15) 
650S (14-17) 
675LT (15-     ) 
570S (15-     ) 
P1 LM (16-     ) 
540C (16-     ) 
720S (17-     ) 
Concepts 
M6 / M12 GT (1969) 
Track Only 
P1 GTR (14-15) 
Stats 
Largest Engine 
F1 (6064 cc) 
Most Powerful 
P1 GTR (986 bhp) 
Best Power to Weight 
P1 LM (750 bhp/ton) 
Fastest Speed 
F1 (240 mph) 
Best 0-60mph 
P1 (2.6 sec) 
Most Expensive 
F1 LM (£12000000) 
Cheapest 
MP4-12C (£115000) 
Highest Rating 
720S (#5 with 80%) 
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McLaren Formula 1 official site 
 

 




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