McLaren Formula 1 Car by Car: Every Race Car Since 1966 (Hardcover)

McLaren Formula 1 Car by Car: Every Race Car Since 1966 By Stuart Codling, Mika Häkkinen (Foreword by) Cover Image

McLaren Formula 1 Car by Car: Every Race Car Since 1966 (Hardcover)

By Stuart Codling, Mika Häkkinen (Foreword by)


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Explore 60 thrilling years of McLaren Formula 1 race cars in this handsome volume, complete with detailed specs, stunning photography, a foreword by twice World Champion Mika Häkkinen,and the full competition record for every car.

McLaren has been a top Formula 1 competitor and innovator since it fielded founder and driver Bruce McLaren’s first car, the M2B, in 1966. Just two years later, Bruce scored the team’s first grand prix win. Tragically, he was killed in 1970 while testing his Can-Am car at Goodwood.

Despite the heavy loss of its founder, McLaren carried on, scoring its first of twelve championships in 1974 with Emerson Fitipaldi. McLaren’s roster of F1 Champions includes such greats as James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, and modern master Lewis Hamilton.

Equally legendary are the cars themselves, including the:
  • 1960s M7A
  • 1970s M23
  • 1980s MP4/2
  • 1990s MP4/5
  • 2000s MP4-23
  • Today’s MCL 60

As the second longest-running team in F1 (surpassed only by Ferrari), McLaren holds twelve Drivers Championships and eight Constructor’s titles. 

McLaren Formula 1 Car by Car chronicles every McLaren Formula 1 car in chronological order, featuring an overview of each car’s significant features and evolution, its technical specifications, and its competition record accompanied by historic and contemporary images.

Featuring a Foreword from two-time F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen, McLaren Formula 1 Car by Car details the amazing race cars and drivers that have cemented McLaren’s reputation as one of the most dominant manufacturers in F1 history making this book a must-have for every McLaren and F1 fan.

Stuart Codling is a respected motorsport journalist and broadcaster who covered sports car racing in the United States before joining F1 Racing, the world’s biggest-selling Formula 1 magazine, in 2001. He has appeared as an F1 expert on TV and radio, hosted for Renault F1, and contributes to F1 Racing, Autosport, Autocar, and the Red Bulletin. Codling is the author of several Motorbooks titles, including Real Racers: Formula 1 Racing in the 1950s and 1960s, Art of the Formula 1 Race Car, Art of the Classic Sports Car, and The Life Monaco. Stuart lives in Farnham, Surrey, England.

Formula 1’s defining “Flying Finn” of the 1990s, Mika Häkkinen learned his craft on the kart tracks of his native Finland, where his father would mark the braking points of specific corners with a Coca-Cola can…then move it closer to the apex every lap. Having won the Nordic Formula Ford series in 1987 he also claimed the Opel-Lotus Euroseries and prestigious British Formula 3 championship before graduating to F1 with Lotus in 1991. After moving to McLaren in 1993 he grew with the team as it rebuilt from a competitive slump, winning the world championship in 1998 and 1999–and developing a rivalry with Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher which would define the era.
Product Details ISBN: 9780760385128
ISBN-10: 0760385122
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English

"The book’s editorial scope is as expansive as its title suggests, and encompasses its own highlight reel, from the McLaren M2B introduced in the ‘60s to the MCL 60 of today. And within its 200+ pages of info and photos – plus an expansive appendix – is the overview a casual F1 fan can enjoy, along with the more-than-adequate serving of F1 minutiae the Grand Prix zealot would demand."

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