Renowned ex-McLaren Formula One designer Gordon Murray now has a new accolade to include amongst the many grand prix wins and championships already won by his cars.
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has honored (or should we say, honoured?) Gordon Murray by making him a member of the Order of the British Empire with the rank of Commander. The awarding was held during the Queen's New Year Honours.
“It is extremely humbling to receive a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. I’ve spent more than 50 years doing what I love, working with a wealth of highly-talented and creative people around the world, but primarily in the UK,” said Professor Gordon Murray.
Gordon Murray started his career in Formula One with Brabham as their technical director. Murray helped the team win two World Championships in 1981 and 1983 before moving to McLaren. The success continued in McLaren when they won three titles from 1988 to 1990.
The drivers that won titles in Gordon Murray's cars include Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna.
Murray continued his success with McLaren when he designed the McLaren F1; a mid-engined supercar with a unique and revolutionary central driver seat for optimal weight distribution and performance. The race car version of the McLaren F1 won Le Mans in 1995. Murray continued two work for McLaren with the release of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, after which he ventured onto his own and started Gordon Murray Design.
“From the competing during the heyday of Formula One, to designing the world’s fastest supercar, I’ve loved every minute. I’d like to dedicate this honor to all those I’ve worked with over the years and I look forward to an exciting new future for the Gordon Murray Group.”