The McLaren M23 took 16 victories between 1973 and 1977. Scoring pole position with Denny Hulme on its debut outing in '73, the M23 went on to give McLaren its first drivers' and constructors' titles in '74. Its outstanding combination of performance, predictable and controllable handling, superb preparation and reliability left an indelible mark in the record books.
The McLaren M7C... otherwise known as 'The Thursday car'. Powered by the almighty Ford Cosworth DFV engine, and in the truly classic McLaren papaya orange livery, this is the car that sets the scene for McLaren's Formula 1 story.
One of the most respected members of the McLaren family, Mika Häkkinen won a total of 20 Grands Prix with McLaren, and F1™ World Championship titles in 1998 and ’99. He earned his stripes as a committed but quite mild-mannered protégé, tutored by his astute and intelligent manager Keke Rosberg. After the team parted ways with Michael Andretti, Mika started out on the road to stardom and never looked back, cementing himself firmly in the McLaren history books.
1974, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1998; the years that McLaren has won the coveted Formula 1 Constructors’ Championships title. A total of 12 drivers were involved in the taking of these titles, including Fittipaldi, Lauda, Prost, Senna and Hakkinen.
On May 22 1966, Bruce McLaren started a Grand Prix in a chassis bearing his own name for the very first time. The McLaren name has gone on to become one of Formula 1 racing’s most enduring and competitive marques.
The giant-killing performances were what made Fernando Alonso stand out first, becoming the then-youngest-ever grand prix winner. In 2005, a trickle of victories turned into a torrent, winning his world title with the seasoned experience of a master, not that of a fresh-faced youngster. At McLaren-Honda, he has resolutely vowed to take the team back to the top step of the podium, while at the same time replicating the past successes of his favourite driver and his childhood idol, Ayrton…
With Mika Hakkinen picking up exactly 100 points in the 1998 season, the MP4-13 handed McLaren its first World Championship since Ayrton Senna‘s heyday. With one win of his own and six second-places, David Coulthard came third with 56 points, sufficient to give the MP4-13 the Constructors‘ title as well. Find out more about the MP4-13 here.