Bruce McLaren

From the beginning

McLaren is built on the commitment, courage and creativity  of our people. From the fearless drivers behind the wheel.  To the ingenious engineers, designers and technicians  behind the scenes. The road cars we create today are shaped by this same mindset... the relentless pursuit of perfection. The willingness to push the boundaries of the possible. And the enduring passion for driving. It’s an approach that paved the way for hundreds of  breathtaking victories on the track. And now pushes us towards the future on the road. To another industry-first.  That next thrilling design.

Bruce McLaren
A spirit that lives on

Sheer determination. That’s what people remember most about our founder, Bruce McLaren. It was alive deep within him even as a 15-year-old schoolboy – driving him to rebuild an old Austin 7 from a box of bits, and compete in his first race. The passion for cars, for racing, had been ignited. Working his way up through club races in and around his native Auckland, Bruce’s skill took him to the pinnacle of motorsport – Formula 1™. He won his first grand prix at just 22. The youngest-ever winner at the time. But driving alone wasn’t enough. Bruce had the mind of engineer. He formed a racing team in 1963 to build his own cars. Later, this led to our road car division. Where the spirit of this warm, supremely talented man still inspires every car we build today.

All conquering
All conquering

The enduring determination, innovation and passion of our people has led McLaren to unprecedented racing success. Our achievements as a manufacturer include victories across an unmatched spectrum of competition racing. Chief among these triumphs sits the Triple Crown… the incredible feat of winning the Formula 1™ World Championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (in our first ever road car, the McLaren F1). The pinnacle of single-seater racing. Action-packed oval racing. And the world’s most prestigious endurance race. Three vastly different motorsport categories. One story: a McLaren win.

"I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone."
Bruce McLaren
Founder
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Our cars

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