Articles tagged McLaren

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The quiet man

A meeting many years ago Down Under sparked something big for both Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac but while one got the fame, the other shunned it. His classically simple, yet incredibly effective cars won championships in every category for which they were designed; Formulae One, Two, Three and Atlantic. They were so sought-after that buyers literally beat a path to his door. He not only became...

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The DFX Files

One team's initiative provided the trigger for a spectacular Indycar success story - and a ground-breaking British designer was close to the project's heart By Gordon Kirby He would become a Formula 1 'visionary', the most coveted racing car designer of his generation — much like Adrian Newey today. In the 1980s John Barnard's MP4 series of carbon-fibre McLarens broke new ground in composite...

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A polished performance

Rondel Racing was a team to be reckoned with from the beginning, as Neil Trundle tells Rob Widdows Neil Trundle, the ‘del’ of Rondel Racing (the Ron half was a certain Mr Dennis), is into his fifth decade in motor racing. One of the great mechanics, a man who can make or mend anything, Trundle wielded the spanners while Dennis poured on the polish. And it worked. We’re going back to 1971 and the...

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The cockpit safety debate

Fernando Alonso’s escape in the first-corner accident at the Belgian GP provided a reminder that, despite all the safety improvements initiated in large part by the late Sid Watkins, drivers’ heads remain exposed in all open-wheel categories. Spurred by the 2009 accidents involving Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa, the FIA has been conducting research in this area for some time. The emphasis has...

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1994 French Grand Prix race report - two into three won't go

  Damon Hill and prodigal Nigel Mansell dominated qualifying for Williams, but come the race smart tactics made it business as usual for Michael Schumacher and that Benetton.   If ever a 1994 race must have made Max Mosley rub his hands with glee and say 'I told you refuelling would create some great race strategies,' then the French GP at Magny-Cours was it. Of the front runners, nobody spent...

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Matters of moment

News views and comment Close out? Cosworth out of F1 for 2007Spyker's shock switch leaves British firm high and dry It now seems probable that the Cosworth name will be absent from the Formula 1 grid for the first time in four decades, following the surprise announcement that the Spyker MF1 Team will switch to Ferrari engines in 2007 Cosworth MD Bernard Ferguson travelled to the Chinese GP with a...

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One for the pros

Procar involved some stunning BMW M1s and a bunch of F1 drivers who were let loose on the track before a Grand Prix. No wonder they wanted a reunion By Adam Cooper BMW celebrated the 30th anniversary of the M1 in style by running a pair of demonstration Procar races at the German Grand Prix meeting. Ten of the Group 4 racers, both privately owned and from the company museum, recalled the...

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Goodwill Festival of Speed Preview

Every year it becomes more difficult to improve on the standards of the previous festival of speed. But this year it looks like they've donated it once again. Marcus Pye has all the details. Phineas T Barnum have sold it as the Greatest Motorsport Show On Earth and, for once, he'd have been telling the truth. Goodwood's Festival of Speed, established in 1993, proudly wears that mantle and its...

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A twist of the tail

McLaren's F1 GTR was the car to beat in GT racing in 1995 and early '96. Then along came Porsche's 911 GT1. Responding with a new, longer tail, the F1 GTR is fighting back. Designer Gordon Murray spoke to Gary Watkins Ask Gordon Murray who was responsible for the lines of the latest incarnation of his McLaren supercar, and you get a simple answer: "The wind-tunnel." There's little room, he...

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The month in MOTOR SPORT

JUNE 22: Gerhard Berger signs an extension of his Ferrari contract, ensuring his place in the team for 1995. 22: F1 teams test at the revised Silverstone; Michael Schumacher is fastest. The circuit gets a favourable response from participants. 23: Renault launches the Clio Maxi, its rallying kit car (top). 26: Despite a quadruple roll during testing the previous week, Giampiero Simoni bags BTCC...

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