M7A Wins McLaren’s 1st F1 Victory
From 1968 to 1971, the McLaren M7A represented the company in F1 racing. Unfortunately, this car didn’t impress during the first two seasons, with only 6 points of a possible 180. Overall, the best placement during that time was 4th place. But, this car, being driven by Bruce McLaren, would win the company’s 1st F1 victory. In 1963, Bruce McLaren founded his Motor Racing company. Beforehand, Bruce was the factory driver for the Cooper motor racing team. This sound similar to the story of Enzo Ferrari beginning at Alfa Romeo, then venturing alone. Then, finally, in 1968, Bruce McLaren won the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. This truly shows with commitment and dedication, anything is possible!
McLaren M7A Specifications
The McLaren M7A begins with a mid-engine Ford-Cosworth DFV 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V8. This motor works in combo with a Hewland DG30 5-speed manual transmission. Backing up this motor are Goodyear tires and Shell fuel, two companies that are still around today. This open-wheel, single-seater race car weighs only 1,140 lbs. This is almost half a ton! Unfortunately, it did sustain damage at the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix, but was repaired to race again. Furthermore, the M7B, M7C, and M7D have a basis in this vehicle, with their own modifications. McLaren began the journey here, and continues today.
McLaren Celebrates 50 Year Victory
In 2018, McLaren celebrated 50 years since the 1st F1 victory with the McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection. But, initially, M7A’s F1 racing debut from 1968 to 1971 included 22 races and 4 wins. Now, this car is a respectable start to what is now an amazing sports car company. Through the years, McLaren has come a long way, and Bruce would most likely be proud. Today’s McLaren sports cars are absolutely stunning masterpieces available on the market. Who doesn’t want to own a McLaren? Well… maybe some people. But, most do! In conclusion, the McLaren M7A was the true start of McLaren’s successful F1 racing history.
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