McLaren to turn 50 this year

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Text: / Photos: McLaren Press | posted January 22, 2013 15:54

The legacy of Bruce McLaren continues

On September 2, 2013, the McLaren Group will celebrate its 50th anniversary. What started out as Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd. with less than half a dozen of people that raced his race cars is now employing more than 2,000 people and has become a household name in Formula 1 racing.

During its half-century existence, McLaren has managed to win the most number of races among fellow constructors. Some more of the motorsports achievements that the company achieved was their 43 race wins in the North America's CanAm series. In the field of GTR racing, McLaren's F1 road car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it also scooped third, fourth, and fifth places during its debut in 1995.

The company's expertise even led to every single car in Formula 1, the Indycar Series, and NASCAR relying upon McLaren Electronics’ standardized ECUs to control their engines and feed data back to the garage.

McLaren was also notable for helping Mercedes-Benz produce the SLR McLaren. Meanwhile, under their two year old McLaren Automotive brand they have produced their own road car, the 12C and 12C Spider, a GT3 version of the car followed soon after and even managed to take home 19 victories during its competitive debut.

Fittingly, this year, McLaren Automotive is expecting to open its 50th global dealership ahead of the worldwide launch of the P1, the brand's newest model yet that’s set to rewrite the definition of the modern supercar.


As a way of celebrating McLaren's 50th year of automotive existence, their team will be sporting the 'McLaren 50' logo on their team shirts, the company will also be showing their own heritage video features. Jenson Button and Sergio Perez will also be with the company as they launch their new MP4-28 Formula 1 car on January 31.

Ron Dennis CBE, executive chairman, McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive, said: "Bruce McLaren wrote the beginning of the story, and the legend is going to continue for many years to come. I’m only a chapter, not the book, and I want other people to come in and write their own chapters as time goes by."