McLaren Automotive, commonly referred to as McLaren, is a British automotive manufacturer of high-performance vehicles. The company was established as McLaren Cars in 1989 as a producer of road cars based on Formula One technology but in 2009, a new company was formed as a different company from the McLaren Technology Group and is now owned by a group of different investors. It works closely with McLaren Racing, the Formula One constructor, and is a spinoff of McLaren Group.

THE CARS

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

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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.

1960s


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.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
GROUP 7 SPORTS CAR
Year of Production
1965
Designer
ROBIN HERD/BRUCE MCLAREN
Examples Built
4
Engine
OLDSMOBILE/CHEVROLET V8
Power Output
340BHP
Principal Drivers
B. McLAREN, P. HILL, C. AMON

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.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
CAN-AM
Year of Production
1967
Designer
ROBIN HERD/GORDON COPPUCK
Examples Built
3
Engine
CHEVROLET V8
Power Output
527BHP
Principal Drivers
B. McLAREN, D. HULME, M DONOHUE, J. HANSEN


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.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
1968
Designer
ROBIN HERD/GORDON COPPUCK
Examples Built
3
Engine
FORD COSWORTH DFV
Power Output
410BHP
Principal Drivers
B. McLAREN, D. HULME

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.

SPECIFICATION

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

1970s

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.

SPECIFICATION

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

1980s

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.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
1981
Designer
JOHN BARNARD
Examples Built
4
Engine
FORD COSWORTH DFV
Power Output
470BHP
Principal Drivers
J WATSON, A DE CESARIS

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.

SPECIFICATION

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

1990s

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.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
ROADCAR
Year of Production
1993 – 1998
Designer
GORDON MURRAY/PETER STEVENS
Examples Built
64
Engine
BMW V12
Power Output
627BHP
Principal Drivers


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.

SPECIFICATION

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

FORMULA 1™ McLAREN MP4–13 1998

From the first race of the ’98 season, designers Adrian Newey and Neil
Oatley knew the team and the car were head and shoulders ahead of everyone
else. At the Melbourne Grand Prix both David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen
lapped the field, with Hakkinen winning the race. From first and second
on the grid, they scored another memorable 1 and 2 at Hockenheim.

Driving superbly all year, Mika Hakkinen won eight races and clinched
the Drivers’ World Championship with a flawless flag-to-flag victory in
the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. With Coulthard third in the standings,
the team also took the Constructors’ title for the first time since 1991.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
1998
Designer
NEIL OATLEY/ADRIAN NEWEY
Examples Built
7
Engine
MERCEDES-BENZ FO 110G V10
Power Output
760BHP
Principal Drivers
M HAKKINEN, D COULTHARD

2000s

An evolution of the MP4–22, engineers began work on the MP4–23 in May
2007. The car spent over 3,000 hours in the wind tunnel. Aerodynamic development
continued throughout the season, and the team introduced an innovative
four-deck front wing and nosebox winglets.

In one of the most dramatic conclusions to the championship, Lewis Hamilton
took the Drivers’ title by a single point around the sweeping circuit of
Interlagos, becoming the youngest champion in Formula 1™ history.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
2008
Designer
McLAREN RACING DESIGN TEAM
Examples Built
6
Engine
MERCEDES-BENZ FO 108V V8
Power Output
765BHP
Principal Drivers
L HAMILTON, H KOVALAINEN

Keen to defend the 2008 Drivers’ Championship title, the new MP4-24 shared
the 23’s fabulous power unit. It also had a battery of new technologies
under the skin, including McLaren’s highly sophisticated kinetic energy
recovery system (KERS).

Time spent winning the previous year had slowed development of the MP4-24.
At the start of the new season the car was off the pace. In typical McLaren
fashion, however, the development push went into overdrive. Improvements
to the entire package resulted in a Lewis Hamilton’s win in Hungary, the
first Grand Prix win for a KERS equipped Formula 1



car. Lewis won again from pole position a few weeks later in Singapore.

The KERS technology, which harvests energy during braking and releases
it on demand, proved successful. Giving an 80hp boost when required and
shaving up to half a second off per lap.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
2009
Designer
McLAREN RACING
Examples Built
5
Engine
MERCEDES-BENZ FO 108W V8
Power Output
765BHP
Principal Drivers
L HAMILTON, H KOVALAINEN

ROAD CAR McLAREN 12C 2009- 2014

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.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
ROAD CAR
Year of Production
2009 – 2014
Designer
McLaren Studio
Examples Built
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Engine
McLAREN M838T
Power Output
625 PS (616 BHP)
Principal Drivers

The F-Duct system on the MP4-25 is a classic example of McLaren out-thinking
the regulations, and out-engineering the competition. Simple, effective
and fast, the MP4-25 had a conduit running from the front to rear of the
car. There was also a vent in the cockpit the driver could block with his
left leg on long straights. Blocking the vent directed enough airflow over
the rear wing to induce an aerodynamic stall – neutralising drag, downforce
and improving top-end speed on the straights.

Using the driver’s leg to direct the flow didn’t contravene the regulations
regarding movable aerodynamic devices. By incorporating the design into
the car’s monocoque, it was very difficult for other teams to copy the
idea. On the more open circuits, F-Duct proved very successful. Button
and Hamilton placed first and second on three occasions, and McLaren placed
second overall in the 2010 Constructors’ Championship.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
FORMULA 1™
Year of Production
2010
Designer
McLAREN RACING
Examples Built
4
Engine
MERCEDES-BENZ FO 108X V8
Power Output
765BHP
Principal Drivers
L HAMILTON, J BUTTON

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.

SPECIFICATION

Type/Formula
ROAD CAR
Year of Production
2013
Designer
FRANK STEPHENSON, DAN PARRY-WILLIAMS
Examples Built
PRODUCTION LIMITED TO 375
Engine
McLAREN M838T + ELECTRIC MOTOR
Power Output
916PS (903 HP)
Principal Drivers

THE McLAREN SPORTS SERIES

Breathtaking performance, carbon fibre construction, twin-turbocharged V8, hand-crafted luxury.

The Sports Series is a sports car like no other.

 

 

Black swans represent a metaphor for the seemingly impossible. Following their discovery in Western Australia in 1697, black swans came to symbolise events that challenged perceived wisdom and re-shaped the world.

The McLaren Sports Series is the black swan moment for the sports car, with its unique combination of high performance, outstanding luxury and race derived technical innovation. No other competitor offers lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis construction, incredibly striking dihedral doors or as much horsepower in a sports car weighing so little. And no other sports car is as exciting to drive.

Its dramatic, futuristic design is as eye-catching as it is functional. The distinctive nose of the Sports Series is inspired by McLaren Formula 1™ race cars, shrink-wrapped dihedral doors are intricately contoured to channel cool air to the engine bay, and ‘flying buttress’ rear pillars create an athletic silhouette while increasing downforce for reassuring handling.

Inside, the luxurious cabin features hand-crafted leather, a Bowers & Wilkins stereo system, excellent visibility and exceptionally comfortable adjustable sports seats. An intuitive seven-inch central touchscreen infotainment system includes satellite navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, WiFi tethering and voice activation as standard specification.

The McLaren designed 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with amazing performance, incredible response and outstanding refinement is the beating heart of the Sports Series. Positioned behind the driver and sending power to the rear wheels alone to offer the same impeccable agility as our racing cars, this powerful engine is complemented by a state-of-the-art seamless-shift gearbox for ultra-fast, ultra-smooth gearshifts.

Two Sports Series derivatives are available. The 540C produces a potent 540PS (533bhp) and 540Nm (398lb ft) and is the most attainable and useable McLaren ever produced. At the top of the range, the 570S boosts performance to an incredible 570PS (562bhp) and 600Nm (443lb ft) for the ultimate sports car experience. Unique body styling, including the Sport Aero Pack with new rear diffuser, front splitter and side skirts, and an even more driver-focused chassis further increase the appeal of the 570S, while maintaining the day-to-day usability central to Sports Series DNA.

Assembled at the McLaren Production Centre next door to the Formula 1™ racing team, the Sports Series is hand-built to the same exacting standards as the McLaren Super Series and the McLaren Ultimate Series. No other sports car boasts a production process with such painstaking attention to detail.

The McLaren Sports Series is available to order now. The world has never seen anything like it.

 
 

 650S Spider

EXPLORE YOUR McLAREN

LUXURY INTERIOR

LUXURY INTERIOR

Discover the exquisite materials and race-bred technology that combine to provide such a unique balance of luxury and excitement in the McLaren 650S Spider.

UNCOMPROMISED DESIGN

UNCOMPROMISED DESIGN

The McLaren 650S Spider’s dihedral doors bring drama and aerodynamic efficiency, its stunning all-LED headlamps help to save fuel and its retractable hardtop roof has been painstakingly engineered to minimise weight and maintain an excellent centre of gravity.

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

60mph in under three seconds, a 204mph top speed, 650PS… Explore the thrill of five decades of Formula 1 success transferred to the road.

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RETAILER LOCATOR

After a selection process as rigorous as that used to choose our racing drivers, designers and engineers, we have partnered with handpicked retailers that share one of our core values that ‘good is not good enough’.

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McLAREN QUALIFIED

McLaren Qualified is the only way to be reassured that a pre-owned McLaren will be checked and qualified against the high standards of the experts that built it. Get all the benefits that only McLaren can provide.

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McLAREN SPECIAL OPERATIONS

MSO presents the opportunity to tailor your vehicle just the way you want and reach the ultimate level of personalisation.

 

THE McLAREN 675LT

Experience the raw adrenaline of the McLaren 675LT, the lightest, most driver-focused, most exclusive series-production McLaren supercar ever built.

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. The McLaren 675LT will only be available as a coupe, reflecting its focused nature, and just 500 will be produced. 

Inspired by the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, 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 carbon fibre MonoCell provides the 675LT with an unrivalled combination of lightness, safety and stiffness, in common with all models in the McLaren Super Series. But an obsessive weight-saving strategy unlocks a further 100kg reduction compared with the 650S. From lightweight carbon fibre racing seats to a 1mm thinner windscreen, no opportunity to save weight has been overlooked.

Ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels and Pirelli P-ZERO™ Trofeo R tyres, carbon ceramic brakes and an uprated suspension system that embraces technology from the McLaren P1™ also contribute to the radical specification.

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DESIGN

DESIGN

Informed by motorsport success and designed to set your pulse racing, the 675LT is the most striking of all McLaren Super Series models

PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCE

Advanced turbocharged engine, super-fast gearshifts, exceptional handling… the 675LT unleashes race-winning technology for the ultimate adrenaline rush

SPECIFICATION

SPECIFICATION

No other supercar in its class can match the astounding performance figures of the McLaren 675LT. Click below to see why it’s the new benchmark

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CONFIGURE

Explore the options and create a McLaren 675LT to your perfect specification with our versatile configurator

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ENQUIRE

The 675LT is limited to just 500 examples, each of them hand-built at the McLaren Production Centre. Contact an official retailer now to secure your piece of McLaren history

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONGTAIL

The Le Mans racer that pushed the possible to the limit – and inspires the new 675LT

In 1995, we made history by beating purpose-built sports prototypes to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the road car-based McLaren F1 GTR. 
Then, in 1997, we unleashed the F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, a car whose innovations pushed physical boundaries and technical regulations to the absolute limit.

Using a carbon fibre monocoque , the ‘Longtail’ featured radically altered bodywork, including a longer nose and, most noticeably, an extended tail.

Against even tougher opposition, the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ finished first and second in the GT1 class – second and third overall – at the 24 Hours of
Le Mans in 1997, with the nearest opposition almost 30 laps behind.

Only 10 ‘Longtail’ racing cars were ever produced, and just three road cars, making these sought-after machines the rarest of all road-legal McLaren F1s. 
What better inspiration for the 675LT, the most driver-focused and exclusive McLaren Super Series model ever made.