VICTORY LAP

We ride onboard the McLaren P1™ GTR, the McLaren P1™, five McLaren F1 GTR race cars and the last McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ ever built for an unforgettable lap, as McLaren returns to Le Mans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its record-breaking win.

 

 

Twenty years ago, McLaren broke records at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. Not only were the McLaren F1 GTRs on the starting grid essentially road cars competing against purpose-built prototype racers, but it was also the first entry by McLaren in the world-famous endurance race. Yet we finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th. The McLaren F1 remains the last true road car to claim overall victory, and we are still the only manufacturer to win Le Mans at the first attempt.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the unprecedented victory, McLaren returned to Le Mans in June for a very special parade lap ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. Reunited for the first time in 20 years, the five F1 GTRs that dominated the 1995 race took to the track, with McLaren Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin driving the priceless, race-winning No.59 F1 GTR. Together, the five F1 GTRs that finished the race crossed the finish line in formation to pay tribute to a record-breaking victory.

The momentous parade lap, in front of thousands of fans, also saw the three winning drivers from the No.59 Ueno Clinic F1 GTR back together. Yannick Dalmas led the extraordinary convoy in the new McLaren P1™ GTR, JJ Lehto drove the last ever F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ and Masanori Sekiya, the first Japanese driver to win Le Mans, was at the wheel of a McLaren P1™.

McLaren customers also took part in the parade lap, and celebrated over the weekend with the winning drivers, McLaren Chief Executive Officer Mike Flewitt and former McLaren Cars Technical Director Gordon Murray. A full video of the weekend’s festivities can be viewed here.

 

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