British McLaren Racing was founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. A year later, the company built the first McLaren race car – the M1A; 24 were produced. Its successor, the M1B, allowed McLaren into the Can-Am championship and emerged the dominant victor with 43 victories, almost three times more than rival Porsche. Many successes followed.
In August 1988, Mclaren and Gordon Murray started to develop a new car and in 1992, the now iconic F1 was launched with a total production run of just 106 units. Following a brief collaboration with Mercedes-Benz for the SLR McLaren, the SLR McLaren Convertible, and the SLR McLaren ‘Stirling Moss’ Roadster. In 2010 McLaren Automotive was re-launched as a standalone manufacturer, spinning off McLaren Racing.
The company launched the 12C in 2011 and the Spider model in 2012. The limited-run P1 went into production in 2013 and ended in 2015. After introducing a business plan to release a car or model every year, the company unveiled the 650S in Coupé and Spider models in 2014, and unveiled the new Sports Series range comprising the McLaren 570S and 540C in 2015. The company debuted a car for kids, the P1TM, after the P1, in September 2016 and announced the same month that they are developing a powerful battery for Formula E.
McLaren is famous for their mid-engine supercars, but for those who would like to know how a McLaren front-engine Gran Turismo would look like, talented Tallinn, Estonian designer Meelis Lilemets has the answer for you. It remind us at some TVR’s (re-badge it!) and Aston Martin’s. A new generation of McLaren’s. Watch the renderings of the McLaren EGT Concept, designed by Meelis Lilemets.