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McLaren to showcase Le Mans heritage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

connoisseur June 22, 2013 0
McLaren to showcase Le Mans heritage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Priceless display of McLaren F1s confirmed to attend Goodwood Festival of Speed. The 1995 race-winning McLaren F1 GTR will take to the Goodwood Hill at this summer’s Festival of Speed. The chassis F1/01R will be joined by the prototype of the McLaren F1 LM, famously built to honour the victory at the French endurance event, and also the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ which claimed second place at Le Mans in 1997.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary since Bruce McLaren established the team which still bears his name, and has become arguably the most successful team in motorsport history. This year also marks 13 years since the number 59 McLaren F1 GTR, piloted by Yannick Dalmas, J.J. Lehto and Masanori Sekiya crossed the finish line at Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans to claim victory. The McLaren F1 LM was born from the success of the GTR in 1995, and was built in honour of the McLaren F1 GTRs that finished the race. Finished in the famous McLaren heritage ‘Papaya Orange’ of Bruce McLaren’s early Formula 1 and Can-Am racers, the one-off prototype, code-named F1/XP1LM will take its place on the McLaren stand alongside a selection of other key models from the brand’s history.

The F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was built for the 1997 season, and takes its name from the revised bodywork which provided further levels of downforce, and reduced drag, over the previous generation models. The new model claimed further notable race victories throughout the season and chassis F1/20R, driven by Pierre-Henri Raphanel, Jean-Marc Gounon and Anders Olofsson, claimed class victory and another podium finish overall for McLaren at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a hard-fought second place.

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. In the Middle East, the company’s regional head office is located in Bahrain, home to the company’s principal shareholder, Mumtalakat. Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the ground-breaking 12C and 12C Spider and, in keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, recently unveiled the McLaren P1 at the Paris Motor Show. , McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology; like Akebono, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli, SAP and TAG Heuer. McLaren has also pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production over the past 30 years.