Articles tagged McLaren

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Lunch With... Paul Tracy

This ever-determined, hard-charging Indycar driver didn’t always mind his Ps and Qs but invariably gave his all in the cockpit Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer Michael McNamara These days your average professional racing driver tends to be slight and slender. He is unfailingly polite to team personnel, to sponsors and to rivals, and speaks to the media in unexceptional sound-bites while a PR...

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Alonso's list of targets

Spanish ace promises more "iconic" outings for 2019 Fernando Alonso hasn’t shocked anyone with news of his return to the Indy 500 in 2019. But he is promising to spring a surprise over the winter by adding what he is describing as “a couple more challenges” to his new schedule. “There are a couple of iconic places, iconic races that probably I will add to my calendar,” says the Spaniard, who may...

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250mph McLaren

New 1035bhp hybrid Speedtail edges close to Bugatti Chiron territory McLaren has launched its fastest car to date. It’s called Speedtail and will reach at least 250mph, just 11mph below the top speed of the world’s fastest car, the Bugatti Chiron. Thanks to its three-seat configuration with a central driving position, the Speedtail will be seen by many as the spiritual successor to the iconic...

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Slightly less car, a bit more cash

BMW's new hybrid drop-top has appeal, but can it match its coupé sibling? It is perhaps indicative of how conservative the top of the market remains, and how resistant to change and nervous it feels, that you can buy a lovely, low-mileage, three-year-old BMW i8 for less than half its original list price. Were it a Porsche 911, you’d get a third off at most. The thing is, the i8 is a genuinely...

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Still king of the road

It looks a little softer than its forebear, but don't be fooled by appearances When we pass through a golden era, I’ve often wondered just how aware of it we are at the time. When I watched Porsches, Saubers and Jaguars do battle in Group C at the end of the 1980s, did I appreciate exactly what it was that I was seeing? And were those old enough to witness the titanic McLaren vs Ferrari battles...

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Precision pays off

McLaren's 600LT is more than a small upgrade, just don't expect a 'road' test Turn four at the Hungaroring is one of the trickier corners. At least that’s how I consoled myself as I bounced the McLaren straight over the kerbs at its exit and out into the wilderness beyond. It didn’t matter – this is an FIA track fit for the risk-averse world of Formula 1 so after a while touring the acres of run-...

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Letters: October 2018

F1’s engine struggles Having recently become aware that 2021’s fabulous new Formula 1 engine rules are no longer, it seems to me that Mark Hughes is right – the manufacturers have too much say in what is going to happen, so Liberty and the FIA need to come to terms with the need to have independent rules created to foster improved competition. The way to achieve that is to have an F1 engine class...

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National Racing Review

It has been a year of development, controversy and near-peak excitement, rather than a season of out-and-out classic motor racing on the national club scene. On the whole grids have been full - in the majority of cases near to over-flowing - and competition has been keen and fierce. It is, perhaps, a sign of the slightly easier times in which we live that there appears to have been no dire...

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The Formula One Scene

The 1978 season was proving to be a jolly good one until about midway when it all started to go wrong. It had opened with a most interesting collection of variables that were going to prove or disprove themselves as the year went on. World Champion Niki Lauda had left Ferrari and joined the Alfa Romeo powered Brabham team under Bernie Ecclestone, Ferrari had forsaken Goodyear and was contracted...

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The French Grand Prix

Inconclusive Dijon-Prenois, July 5th The most important aspect of the 1981 French Grand Prix was that it saw the return of the Goodyear Tyre Company to Formula One. It will be recalled that they withdrew entirely last winter during the fracas between Bernie Ecclestone and the Formula One constructors and officialdom. Thanks to the support of Michelin, who agreed to supply everyone with tyres...

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