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First, decide what kind of driving you want to do – soaking up beautiful scenery in a GT? Or perhaps the thrill of a weekend bash in a supercar, like the 765 or the Artura – herald of a new generation for McLaren with its McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture?
If you’re lucky, and have the heart health for it, you could look to the McLaren Ultimate range, with monsters like the Senna (0-60mph in 2.8 seconds) or the roofless roadster, the Elva, which earmarks the brands evolving design language. Sadly, most of these have already been snapped up, but you never know! Register your interest on the McLaren site today, safe in the knowledge that Harrington has got your back, with the finance you need to drive your dream.
A brief history of McLaren
McLaren gets its name from the founder of its Formula One team, Bruce McLaren. Born in New Zealand, he grew up on his parents’ service station and workshop, and naturally learned about cars. He took up hillclimbing at the age of 15 and won his first race in an old Austin 7 Ulster.
McLaren moved to the UK in 1958 to join the Cooper Cars Formula One team. He won the US Grand Prix, aged just 22, later that year. He remained with Cooper Cars for seven years, driving for Jaguar and Aston Martin. In 1966, he won the Le Mans 24hr with Ford.
McLaren Motor Racing
Bruce founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing in 1963 and built the first McLaren race car a year later, the M1A. McLaren drove its successor in the Can-Am championship, where he took 43 race wins – almost three times more than Porsche. His first Formula One car – the M2B – raced for the first time at Monaco in 1965. McLaren was killed in a car accident in 1970.
In 1980, McLaren merged with Project 4 Racing Team, owned by Ron Dennis, where they pioneered the application of carbon fibre to produce a complete race car monocoque. The resultant MP4/1 boasted new levels of rigidity and driver safety.
McLaren Group and its subsidiaries was founded by Ron Dennis, after he acquired the McLaren Formula One team in 1981. The family of businesses included a range of technology-based ventures, including TAGMcLaren Audio, Absolute Taste (a London-based catering company), McLaren Cars, Lydden Circuit (a racing circuit in Kent) and McLaren Applied Technologies (makers of highly specialised sporting equipment such as bikes and skeletons, McLaren Composites (which produced composite parts for motor racing, road cars and aerospace.
McLaren Cars was founded in 1985. By 1988, Ron Dennis and Gordon Murray were developing a new road car – one that would be prepared to tear up the rule book and make no compromises. Dubbed the F1, it was launched in 1992, with a production run of just 106 cars. The astounding F1 remains the fastest naturally aspirated supercar ever built.
The years following the F1’s launch were rather dull for the automotive brand. It was left dormant between 1994 and 2010, where, following a brief partnership with Mercedes on the SLR McLaren supercar, the dust was blown off, and McLaren Cars was reborn as McLaren Automotive.
The McLaren MP4-12 C was launched in 2011 with the Spider variant following a year later. The limited-run P1 – a successor to the fabled F1 – followed in 2013.
McLaren release a new car or model almost every year. The 650S Coupe and Spider in 2014. The 570S and 540C Sports Series in 2015. In 2016, McLaren got involved in Formula E, producing racing-grade batteries for the series.
In 2017, construction began on McLaren’s purpose-built, state-of-the-art Composites Technology Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The facility was officially opened in 2018 and produces carbon fibre chassis for McLaren road cars.
McLaren’s current strategy was launched in 2015 and consists of a three-tier approach to its model range. These are Sports, Super and Ultimate Series. Cars in the Sports and Super Series have names based on the car’s power, which is then followed by a model designation (C for Club, S for Sport, GT for grand tourer and LT for Longtail).
In more recent times, the company has started moving to bestowing actual names on their models, such as Senna, Speedtail, Sabre, Elva and Artura.
The future of McLaren
McLaren is as busy as ever. In 2022, the company unveiled its first High Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar, the Artura. It is the first model to be built on the all-new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA).
The brand has trademarked a number of interesting names, presumably destined for near-future models. These include Aonic and Aeron. Whatever these cars will end up being, it’s unlikely they’ll be SUVs. McLaren has stated that it will not be entering the current melee of super-SUVs.
One other name of interest is the Solus GT – a unique single-seat hypercar derived from a Vision Gran Turismo concept McLaren developed for the Sony playstation game, Gran Turismo Sport. Only 25 examples will be produced, costing more than £2.5million a piece.
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