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From Bruce McLaren’s first racing car, a little Austin Ulster, to the legendary road and racing cars that still bear his name, every McLaren tells a unique story.

The Early Years

1929
Austin Ulster
Austin Ulster - 1929

Austin Ulster

Bruce McLaren’s earliest competitive driving experience came at the wheel of a modified 1929 Austin Ulster. Bought in bits by his father who had planned to restore and sell it, 13-year-old Bruce convinced him they could turn it into a race car.

 

Involved in every stage of the Ulster’s restoration, the experience proved vital for the future race car designer. Two years later, in his race-prepared Ulster, 15-year-old Bruce set the fastest time in the 750cc class at the Muriwai Beach hill climb.

 

Having left New Zealand for England, Bruce’s Austin Ulster was housed in a small museum until 1989, when it was found and bought by the McLaren Group. Maintained in original condition, the little legend now takes pride of place alongside its faster and more illustrious successors on the boulevard at the MTC.

Bruce McLaren’s earliest competitive driving experience came at the wheel of a modified 1929 Austin Ulster. Bought in bits by his father who had planned to restore and sell it, 13-year-old Bruce convinced him they could turn it into a race car.

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1960s

1965
McLaren M1B
Group 7 - 1965

McLaren M1B

  Designed and hand built by Robin Herd and Bruce McLaren, the M1B was the official 1965 McLaren team car. Painted a distinctive red, the all-alloy prototype made its debut at the Canadian Grand Prix. Leading for 96 of the 100 laps, Bruce and the M1B had to settle for second place after a thrilling battle with Jim Hall. 

Designed and hand built by Robin Herd and Bruce McLaren, the M1B was the official 1965 McLaren team car. Painted a distinctive red, the all-alloy prototype made its debut at the Canadian Grand Prix. Leading for 96 of the 100 laps, Bruce and the M1B had to settle for second place after a thrilling battle with Jim Hall. 

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Specification
Type/Formula
GROUP 7 SPORTS CAR
Year of Production
1965
Examples Built
4
Engine
OLDSMOBILE/CHEVROLET V8
Power Output
340BHP
Principal Drivers
B. McLAREN, P. HILL, C. AMON
1967
McLaren M6A
Can-Am - 1967

McLaren M6A

   A major turning point in McLaren’s fortunes, the M6A was the most successful car Robin Herd designed for the team in 1967. One of the finest handling machines of its time, the M6A helped Bruce and Denny Hulme dominate the 1967 Can-Am series, winning five out of six races.

 

The M6A was also the first McLaren to be painted in the team’s trademark papaya orange – or McLaren Orange as this definitive hue became known.

A major turning point in McLaren’s fortunes, the M6A was the most successful car Robin Herd designed for the team in 1967. One of the finest handling machines of its time, the M6A helped Bruce and Denny Hulme dominate the 1967 Can-Am series, winning five out of six races.

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Specification
Type/Formula
CAN-AM
Year of Production
1967
Examples Built
3
Engine
CHEVROLET V8
Power Output
527BHP
Principal Drivers
B. McLAREN, D. HULME, M DONOHUE, J. HANSEN
1968
McLAREN M7A
FORMULA 1™ - 1968

McLAREN M7A

Designed by Robin Herd and Gordon Coppuck, the elegant M7A was the first McLaren powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV engine. Second in the Constructors’ title in ’68, the impressive M7A won the Italian and Canadian Grand Prix with Denny Hulme at the wheel. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Bruce emulated Jack Brabham as the second man ever to win a Grand Prix race in a car bearing his own name.

Designed by Robin Herd and Gordon Coppuck, the elegant M7A was the first McLaren powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV engine. Second in the Constructors’ title in ’68, the impressive M7A won the Italian and Canadian Grand Prix with Denny Hulme at the wheel. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Bruce emulated Jack Brabham as the second man ever to win a Grand Prix race in a car bearing his own name.

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Specification
Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
1968
Examples Built
3
Engine
FORD COSWORTH DFV
Power Output
410BHP
Principal Drivers
B. McLAREN, D. HULME
1969
McLaren M6GT
Road Car - 1969

McLaren M6GT

Successive Cam-Am victories brought funds into the company, and Bruce – always more than a driver – was keen to test his skills as an innovator, designer and entrepreneur. Bruce’s intention was to build the ultimate sports car, and to build it to the highest specification possible. An approach echoed decades later with the awe-inspiring McLaren F1 project.

 

As a McLaren, the proposed car would be based on the latest developments in race car engineering. It would also be the fastest road car in the world, and the fastest accelerating. Bruce used the prototype M6GT on his commute to work and to attend race meetings. Sadly, the dream to build 250 production cars a year died with Bruce.

Successive Cam-Am victories brought funds into the company, and Bruce – always more than a driver – was keen to test his skills as an innovator, designer and entrepreneur. Bruce’s intention was to build the ultimate sports car, and to build it to the highest specification possible. An approach echoed decades later with the awe-inspiring McLaren F1 project.

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Specification
Type/Formula
ROAD CAR
Year of Production
1969
Examples Built
1 (+ 3 TROJAN BUILT)
Engine
CHEVROLET LT1
Power Output
370BHP
Principal Drivers
B. McLAREN

1970s

1971-1976
McLAREN M16
Indy Car - 1971-1976

McLAREN M16

The M16’s radical wedge shape, while familiar in Formula 1™, caused astonishment at Indianapolis. The Gordon Coppuck design, however, proved ideal for the continuous high-speed running that characterised Indy racing.

 

In all its various guises, the M16 concept would go down in motorsport history as one of the most successful cars in the long and illustrious history of the Indianapolis 500. Competing in 11 races and taking three victories, four second and two third places, it laid the foundations for an astonishingly fruitful adventure for what was still a small team.

The M16’s radical wedge shape, while familiar in Formula 1™, caused astonishment at Indianapolis. The Gordon Coppuck design, however, proved ideal for the continuous high-speed running that characterised Indy racing.

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Specification
Type/Formula
INDY CAR
Year of Production
1971-76
Examples Built
15
Engine
OFFENHAUSER 4-CYLINDER TURBO
Power Output
700 – 780BHP
Principal Drivers
D HULME, P REVSON, M DONOHUE, J RUTHERFORD

1980s

1981
McLAREN MP4/1
FORMULA 1™ - 1981

McLAREN MP4/1

Arguably the most significant car in McLaren’s long history, the John Barnard designed MP4/1 was the first carbon composite Formula 1™ car. Light, strong and stiff, the carbon construction methods introduced by Bernard produced the greatest single contribution to driver safety of any innovation in the sport’s history.

 

Top ten finishes at the start of the season showed promise. By the Spanish Grand Prix, driver John Watson had found his form. A third in Spain and second in France was followed by a win at the British Grand Prix. It was McLaren’s first victory in 4 years, and the first ever win for a carbon composite race car.

 

When Watson crashed the MP4/1 doing 140mph at Monza, the controversy surrounding carbon fibre’s safety was put to rest. The car split in half. The engine and gearbox were torn off, but the carbon monocoque structure remained in tact. Unscathed, John Watson walked away.

Arguably the most significant car in McLaren’s long history, the John Barnard designed MP4/1 was the first carbon composite Formula 1™ car. Light, strong and stiff, the carbon construction methods introduced by Bernard produced the greatest single contribution to driver safety of any innovation in the sport’s history.

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Specification
Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
1981
Examples Built
4
Engine
FORD COSWORTH DFV
Power Output
470BHP
Principal Drivers
J WATSON, A DE CESARIS
1988
McLAREN MP4/4
FORMULA 1™ - 1988

McLAREN MP4/4

After five test laps in the new MP4/4, Alain Prost told Team Principal Ron Dennis the car would win the World Championship. It won 15 out of 16 races. Senna won 8 races to take the World Championship. Senna and Prost also took first and second place an astonishing 10 times.

 

In the Constructors’ Championship McLaren accumulated a phenomenal 199 points. Almost three times the tally of the runner up and just two points off the combined total of every other team on the grid.

 

According to Neil Trundle, McLaren’s Chief Mechanic, the MP4/4 was the perfect package. Lightweight, outstanding downforce, highly efficient brakes, fantastic suspension and a fabulous V6 Honda engine made it McLaren’s best-ever car.

After five test laps in the new MP4/4, Alain Prost told Team Principal Ron Dennis the car would win the World Championship. It won 15 out of 16 races. Senna won 8 races to take the World Championship. Senna and Prost also took first and second place an astonishing 10 times.

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Specification
Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
1988
Examples Built
6
Engine
HONDA RA168E TURBO V6
Power Output
900BHP
Principal Drivers
A SENNA, A PROST

1990s

1993 - 1998
McLaren F1
ROAD CAR - 1993 - 1998

McLaren F1

Beautiful to look at and exhilaratingly quick, the record slaying McLaren F1 changed super car history. A technological masterpiece, it was the world’s first carbon fibre road car, the world’s fastest production car and is still the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever built.

 

Chief designer Gordon Murray and his handpicked team deliberated every millimetre of the F1’s design to create the world’s most thrilling car. Light, strong, safe and aerodynamically sublime, the legendary F1’s engineering was so far ahead of its time that its engineering highlights still feature on today’s McLarens.

Beautiful to look at and exhilaratingly quick, the record slaying McLaren F1 changed super car history. A technological masterpiece, it was the world’s first carbon fibre road car, the world’s fastest production car and is still the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever built.

 

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Specification
Type/Formula
ROAD CAR
Year of Production
1993 - 1998
Designer
GORDON MURRAY/PETER STEVENS
Examples Built
64
Engine
BMW V12
Power Output
627BHP
1995
McLaren F1 GTR
Race Car - 1995

McLaren F1 GTR

McLaren was born and raised on the track, so it was inevitable that we would create a race-ready version of the F1. Modified slightly from the road car, the F1 GTR was entered in Le Mans in June 1995, and achieved a feat no other debutant manufacturer has ever managed. As well as winning, McLaren dominated the podium and occupied four of the top five places. In just 24 magical hours, the greatest supercar of its generation had become the most successful British race car of modern times.

McLaren was born and raised on the track, so it was inevitable that we would create a race-ready version of the F1. Modified slightly from the road car, the F1 GTR was entered in Le Mans in June 1995, and achieved a feat no other debutant manufacturer has ever managed. As well as winning, McLaren dominated the podium and occupied four of the top five places. In just 24 magical hours, the greatest supercar of its generation had become the most successful British race car of modern times.

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Specification
Type/Formula
RACE CAR
Year of Production
1995 - 1998
Designer
GORDON MURRAY/PETER STEVENS
Examples Built
9
Engine
BMW V12
Power Output
600BHP

2010s

2009-2014
McLaren 12C
Road Car - 2009-2014

McLaren 12C

The 12C was the first McLaren designed and built production car since the legendary F1. A pure McLaren, its innovative design and Formula 1™-sourced technologies made it one of the most versatile and potent supercars on the road.

 

Refined in the city and unmatched on the track, the 12C was built around a superlight carbon MonoCell and pioneered McLaren systems such as Brake Steer, Proactive Chassis Control and active aerodynamic technologies. It also featured a bespoke, McLaren designed engine and stunning dihedral doors.

The 12C was the first McLaren designed and built production car since the legendary F1. A pure McLaren, its innovative design and Formula 1™-sourced technologies made it one of the most versatile and potent supercars on the road.

 

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Specification
Type/Formula
ROAD CAR
Year of Production
2009 - 2014
Examples Built
.
Engine
McLAREN M838T
Power Output
625 PS (616 BHP)
2013
McLAREN P1™
Road Car - 2013

McLAREN P1™

Intelligent, adaptive and astoundingly quick, the McLaren P1™ is the ultimate expression of our aerodynamic expertise. Sculpted by the wind and engineered to perfection, it’s the most adaptive, responsive and stimulating road car the world has ever seen.

 

Using world-class Formula 1™ technology, the McLaren P1™ changes its form to optimise its function. The result is a peerless driving experience that is so responsive the car feels like it’s alive.

Intelligent, adaptive and astoundingly quick, the McLaren P1™ is the ultimate expression of our aerodynamic expertise. Sculpted by the wind and engineered to perfection, it’s the most adaptive, responsive and stimulating road car the world has ever seen.

 

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Specification
Type/Formula
ROAD CAR
Year of Production
2013
Examples Built
PRODUCTION LIMITED TO 375
Engine
McLAREN M838T + ELECTRIC MOTOR
Power Output
916PS (903 HP)
2014
650S
Road Car - 2014

650S

You feel the thrill of the drive, sense the connection to the road, hear the twin-turbo V8 roar as it hits peak rpm. But it all started with a blank piece of paper and our engineers wondering how they could make the perfect sportscar.

Every time you approach your 650S, you’ll feel the same tingle of excitement as when you first set eyes on it. Every panel, every surface, every detail has been painstakingly designed to take your breath away and enhance the thrill of the drive.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2014
Engine
V8, 3.8L
Power
650 PS (641 HP)
2015
675LT
Road Car - 2015

675LT

The 675LT features striking carbon fibre bodywork that increases downforce by an astonishing 40 percent over any other model in the Super Series.

Performance is similarly striking. The re-engineered M838TL V8 twin-turbocharged engine produces 675PS (666bhp) and 700Nm (516lb ft) – increases of 25PS (25bhp) and 22Nm (16lb ft) – and the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is now twice as fast.

The 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was the ultimate evolution of the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR. Almost two decades on, the limited-edition 675LT follows its uncompromising ethos to create a visceral driving experience of unique intensity. More power, less weight, more precision – nothing has escaped our attention in the quest for perfection on both road and track. 

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Specficiation
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year Of Production
2016-2017
Engine
M838TL
Power
675 PS (666 HP)
2015
570S
Road Car - 2015

570S

With the lightest weight in its class and the highest power to weight ratio, it delivers super car punch and thrills that would shame many more expensive rivals.

It’s the ultimate sports car experience. Completely driver-centric and performance oriented, the 570S Coupé is equally at home on the track as it is on the open road.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2015
Engine
V8 3.8L
Power
570 PS (562 HP)
2015
540C
Road Car - 2015

540C

Smart stowage areas offer carriage for necessary items, while a generous luggage capacity ensures that you can take everything for that weekend getaway.

Practicality is not a word normally associated with a top end sports car. But the Sports Series 540C offers everyday convenience in the ergonomically designed interior. 

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2015
Engine
M838TE V8, 3.8L
Power
540PS (533 HP)
2016
570GT
Road Car - 2016

570GT

The 570GT’s panoramic roof makes the roofline slightly taller than the standard 570S, and stretches back further to the rear to offer extra stowage, more headroom and more comfort for longer journeys.

The 570GT adds extra comfort and practicality to breathtaking performance. Every bit a McLaren, it’s optimised for the road and makes the ultimate sports car experience one that’s perfect for daily use, longer journeys and weekends away.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2016
Engine
V8 3.8L
Power
570 PS (562 HP)
2017
720S
Road Car - 2017

720S

The beating heart of the 720S is a new and fearsomely powerful M840T engine with 720PS. Press the start button and the twin-turbo V8 comes alive with a potent growl that ignites your senses and focuses your mind. Bathed in vibrant red light, every part of this 4.0-litre unit is refined to maximise power, sharpen responses, and increase fuel efficiency.

The 720S embodies our relentless quest to push the limits of possibility. Lighter, stronger, faster. It’s all of these and more. But how it makes you feel is altogether something else. Prepare to push the limits of what you thought possible in a supercar.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2017
Engine
V8, 4.0L
Power
720 PS (710 HP)
2017
570S Spider
Road Car - 2017

570S Spider

The front of the 570S Spider is strikingly low, creating a poised stance that emphasises the mid-engined layout. The crisp contours of the bonnet pierce the air and channel it over fluid, sculpted surfaces towards the side intakes and rear of the car.

All the performance of the Coupé plus the extra exhilaration of open-air driving. The 570S Spider brings you closer to the elements in a design that’s equally stunning with the roof up or down.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2017
Engine
V8 3.8L
Power
570 PS (562 HP)
2017
McLaren Senna
Road Car - 2017

McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna is the personification of McLaren’s DNA at its most extreme, creating the purest connection between car and driver. It is the most track-focused road car we have ever built, and it will set the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date.

 

Inspired by one of McLaren’s greatest racing drivers, the McLaren Senna is utterly dedicated to allowing the driver to be the best they can possibly be.

The McLaren Senna is the personification of McLaren’s DNA at its most extreme, creating the purest connection between car and driver. It is the most track-focused road car we have ever built, and it will set the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date.

 

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Specification
Type/Formula
ROAD CAR
Year of Production
2018
Examples Built
PRODUCTION LIMITED TO 500
Engine
McLAREN M840TR
Power Output
800PS (789 HP)
2018
600LT
Road Car - 2018

600LT

To push performance and driving to the absolute edge. This is not a car for the faint-hearted. This is a track animal let loose on the road. Our new sportscar benchmark. The fastest, most powerful and most extreme – yet road legal – Sports Series. Ever.

This is the 600LT. The next chapter in the storied history of the McLaren ‘Longtail’. Only the fourth McLaren in two decades to receive the LT – or ‘Longtail’ – name. It lives and breathes the relentless spirit of its ‘Longtail’ predecessors.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2015
Engine
V8, 3.8L
Power
600 PS (592 HP)
2018
720S Spider
Road Car - 2018

720S Spider

This is a car for those who see more… who look beyond convention and seek out the extraordinary. The 720S Spider is a full-throttle supercar with a retractable roof – all in one beautifully honed package.

The 720S Spider delivers the best of both worlds… a convertible supercar that’s every bit as thrilling as the Coupe. That means the same nerve-tingling rush, now available with the roof down.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2018
Engine
V8 3.8L
Power
720 PS (710 HP)
2018
Speedtail
Road Car 2018 - 2018

Speedtail

With a pioneering 1070PS hybrid powertrain at its core. It brings together unprecedented levels of innovation and elegance to create a new benchmark in automotive design. And offers owners extraordinary opportunity for bespoke personalisation.

A pure fusion of science and art in automotive form. The Speedtail is McLaren’s first ever Hyper-GT. Our most aerodynamically efficient car ever. And the fastest McLaren to date.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2018
Engine
V8 3.8L
Power
1070 PS (1036 HP)
2019
600LT Spider
Road Car - 2019

600LT Spider

Just like every McLaren that has earned the LT name before, the 600LT Spider is aggressively aerodynamic and obsessively light. In fact, its unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis is so light and strong that no extra stiffening was needed to maintain the incredible levels of performance and agility.

To provide undiluted feedback and encourage you to push. To the edge and even further. The new McLaren 600LT Spider takes this formidable mix and intensifies it – heightening every sensation.

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car
Year of Production
2019
Engine
V8, 3.8L
Power
600 PS (592 HP)
2019
New GT
Grand Tourer - 2019

New GT

In the new GT, these key ingredients are reinvented and applied in new, innovative ways. Then combined with power and performance that is undiluted McLaren. To create the lightest, quickest accelerating car in its class. A Grand Tourer has never been so thrilling. So refined. So engaging.

The new superlight GT reimagines the breed. And the results are extraordinary. Strikingly beautiful. Engineered for continent-crossing capability. With an engaging yet comfortable ride. And generous luggage space…

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Specification
Type/Formula
Road Car / Grand Tourer
Year Of Production
2019
Engine
V8, 4.0L
Power
620 PS (612 HP)