History of McLaren F1
Bruce’s tutor Jack Brabham soon acquainted him with Cooper autos. Taken after by a propitious begin to his F2 vocation in 1958, he joined the F1 group in 1959 and remained with Cooper for a long time.
Bruce rushed to have an effect by winning the 1959 US Grand Prix. He was only 22 years of age, which made him the most youthful Grand Prix victor around then. Be that as it may, Bruce had a drive to wind up distinctly more than a race driver. Combined with his abilities and the commonsense building knowledge he had picked up at his parent’s administration station and workshop, Bruce entered a nearby slope move in an Austin 7 Ulster at 14 years old. This showed the sheer will and assurance he had, both as a driver and as an architect. Bruce then dashed in the 1960s alongside the greater part of the Grand Prix drivers of this time. Bruce drove for Jaguar, Aston Martin and Ford, the last of whom he won the 1966 ‘Le Mans 24 hours’ with.
Bruce quickly became known as a true competitor. He also excelled in innovation and developing racing cars. Bruce then decided to leave Cooper and build his own Formula 1 vehicle in 1965. Bruce and his small team developed the first true McLaren sports car the ‘M1A’. Early McLaren F1 sports cars were designed and manufactured by the McLaren Automotive. The idea was originally conceived by Gordon Murray and Ron Dennis to back the project. Peter Stevans was responsible for designing the interiors and exteriors of the car. The M1A became a top contender in sports car racing both in Europe and America. The M2B became the successor of the M1A in 1966. The car was designed by Robin Herd, but the programme was hampered by poor choice of engines. However, it took only another season for the McLaren F1 team to make it to the top, with only Bruce driving at the 1968 Belgian GP.
In 1989, the McLaren organisation set about creating its first road car. The McLaren F1 was a clean-sheet design, with all the components built specifically for it, except for the tail lamps. The 1995 GTR was designed and produced in just a few months so that the cars would be ready for the new GT class. Although it was only lightly modified from the older F1 road car, it confirmed the design integrity of F1 by taking 5 places at the Le Mans 24 hour race in the first attempt, as well as at the Global GT championship. This included the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th places.
The company based its guiding principle on improving efficiency. Thus a lot of effort was given to make the parts using minimum weight. The body panels and under-structure of the cars were made of featherweight carbon fibre. Other mechanical components were also made of either aluminium or magnesium to improve the efficiency for a uniquie supercar driving experience.
McLaren Formula 1 has been on the podium an average of once in every three Grand Prix ever since. The car has won about 165 of the 668 Grand Prixs in which the team has competed. It has also delivered 12 world championships, winning eight Constructors’ Championships. As of the Spa Grand Prix 2009, McLaren has achieved 142 pole positions, 434 podiums, and 44 double wins (one -twos). Truly McLaren has proven itself a motorsport superstar.