McLaren turns 50

McLaren turns 50


This year, in the fall, on the 2nd of September, to be more precise, British carmaker McLaren will turn 50 and the even will be celebrated in a very exciting manner. The company was born in 1964 by a young, ambitious, 27-year-old Bruce McLaren. Back then, the mad only had around six people that really believed in it and that went across the world to race his self-made cars. Now, the company employs more than 2.000 people who try to combine sportsmanship with solid engineering practice and cutting-edge technical expertise. Let us take a look at the achievements of the company after 50 years of existence.



The Formula 1 has become a global household name. At the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix, the team managed to win more races than any constructor. They have achieved the fastest-ever time for a Formula 1 pit stop, recording their 58th consecutive points-scoring finish, an all-time record. The champions that brought fame to the company are Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Alain Prost. Let us not forget Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.



McLaren participated for the first time at the Indy 500 in 1970 and in 1974 won the most famous race in the US with the help of Johnny Rutherford. The standardized ECUs of McLaren Electronics are very important components in the Formula 1, the Indycar Series and NASCAR to control the engines and feed data back to the garage. One road car project was with Mercedes-Benz and together with McLaren has managed to build the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a model that became the best-selling carbon-based car ever. McLaren Automotive has been launched in 2010 and ever since has developed the 12C and the 12C Spider high performance sports cars. The 12C GT3 scored 19 victories on its competitive debut in 2012. There is more. McLaren Automotive will open its 50th global dealership ahead of the worldwide launch of the P1. Well, the company has a lot to celebrate, right?



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