20 Interesting Facts about McLaren
McLaren is a car brand that is well worth its price. McLaren can be rightfully called an aristocrat in the world of supercars, achieving equally high success in both production of Formula 1 cars and in road-legal vehicles. This automaker produces only the fastest, most expensive and most prestigious cars. We present you the history of McLaren in 20 facts.
1. McLaren Automotive is a car-manufacturing branch of the famous British motorsports team McLaren Formula 1, which specializes in production of luxury sports vehicles. It was founded in 1963 by a New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren and an American entrepreneur Teddy Mayer. The new enterprise was registered under the name of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd.
2. McLaren is primarily a Formula 1 team with a long and rich history. It is the second oldest active Formula 1 team after Ferrari. Team McLaren had some of the greatest racers, including Lauda, Prost, Hunt and Hakinnen. Ayrton Senna, a Brazilian racing driver, is the legend of McLaren. With thirty-five victories, he is by far the most successful McLaren driver.
3. Another McLaren pilot John Watson holds a unique achievement, as the racer, who was able to win the race from the lowest starting position. During the 1983 Long Beach 7 race, John was qualified 22nd and still was able to finish first. Amazingly, during the same race John’s teammate Niki Lauda started after him, from the 23rd position, and managed to finish second!
4. In 1989, McLaren began to develop road legal vehicles and in 1993, the first model was constructed under the name of McLaren F1. As the name implies, this vehicle incorporated many F1 technologies. Over the course of six years, McLaren assembled 106 sports cars.
5. McLaren F1 is one of the finest designed vehicles of all times. Powered by 6.1 L BMW S70/2 V12 engine, it is capable of the top speed of 391 km/h and can reach 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds. McLaren F1 is still considered the fastest production car, powered by a naturally aspirated engine.
6. In 1995, McLaren F1 achieved its first success in motorsports, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the first attempt. Three other McLaren F1s took the third, fourth and fifth places.
7. McLaren Technological Center is the official headquarters of McLaren Technology Group Ltd. About 185 people daily attend the Center. More than 430,000 people have visited it since its official opening by the Queen of Great Britain on May 12, 2004. A lawn mower would have to cut 32 kilometers of the lawn on the territory of the Center. From May to September, this procedure is carried out at least twice a week. Therefore, from the moment of its opening, lawn mowers have cut more than 15000 kilometers!
8. McLaren had a very long and fruitful business partnership with the manufacturer of sportswear and accessories HUGO BOSS, which began in 1981. This partnership is a good example of mutually beneficial, high-quality advertising.
9. In 2003, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz joint forces for development of the grand tourer Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. By this point, the German automobile giant has already supplied engines for the McLaren F1 team for several years and owned 40 percent of the McLaren Group. Originally, it was planned to produce 500 vehicles per year for 7 years. However, only about 2000 cars were produced in six years, and in 2009, the project was closed.
10. In January 2009, an exclusive speedster, created in honor of Stirling Moss was presented at the Detroit Motor Show. Speedster (body code Z199) is powered by a 650-horsepower 5.5-liter V8 engine. The maximum speed is 350 km / h; acceleration to 100 km/h takes 3.5 seconds. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was produced from June to December 2009. McLaren built in total seventy-five cars with a price tag of € 1,200,000 each.
11. The next McLaren model, the McLaren MP4-12C supercar has many interesting design features. It is the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren. Previously, the company cooperated with BMW and Mercedes to make McLaren F1 and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren respectively. This time around, however British engineers constructed a custom engine for MP4-12C all by themselves.
12. The chassis is based around a F1 style one-piece carbon fibre tub, called the Carbon MonoCell, weighing only 80 kg (176 lb). The MonoCell is made in a single pressing by using a set of patented processes, using Bi-Axial and Tri-Axial carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics produced by Formax UK Ltd. with the MonoCell manufactured by Carbo Tech in Salzburg, Austria. This has reduced the time required to produce a MonoCell from 3,000 hours for the F1 and 500 hours for the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, to 4 hours for the MP4-12C.
13. You cannot talk about McLaren without mentioning of its amazing speed and power. McLaren 675LT has 675 horsepower at 7100 rpm and 700 Nm of torque. Its power to mass ratio is 549 horsepower per ton. It is capable of reaching 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds.
14. Revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren P1 can be considered a true hyper car. A hybrid engine powers this successor to McLaren F1. LED lights of McLaren P1 are made in the shape of the company’s official logo. Curiously, the Ukrainian designer Maxim Shkinder, who just moved to McLaren from the Czech automaker Skoda became one of the co-authors of the P1 design.
15. McLaren P1 can reach the speed of 100 km/h in just 2 seconds and 300 km/h in 16.5 seconds. The maximum speed is capped at 350 km/h. Its price is about $ 1 310 000.
16. McLaren P1 was able to finish 20.832 km Nurburgring track in less than 7 seconds.
17. The engineers were passionate about making the car as light as possible; they even paid attention to the double-layer windshield. Its thickness is only 3.2 millimeters (together with a plastic intermediate layer). It is a millimeter thinner and 3.5 kilograms lighter than on the model MP 4 -12C.
18. The first McLaren logo featured a kiwi bird, the national symbol of New Zealand.
19. The IPAS battery of the McLaren P1 weighs 96 kilograms and consists of six modules, made of 56 elements each. If running only on electric motor, McLaren P1 can accelerate to 160 km/h and is capable to cover 20 kilometers.
20. The founder of the McLaren team Bruce McLaren tragically died in 1970 at the age of 32 in a car accident. He had been testing the new M8 CanAm at Goodwood Circuit in England. However, the racing team was able to survive this tragedy, and, as it turned out, many more achievements were waiting for them in the future.