With the debut of the McLaren F1 GTR, the F1 road car was stripped and sent to the track where at Le Mans it had never competed before, let alone won. Lanzante Motorsport, a specialist in classic car service and restoration, took the GTR and made it an instant classic.
The McLaren became the first car, and Lanzante the first team, to win at Le Mans in their respective debuts. The resulting success led to Lanzante Limited earning service capabilities for McLaren road and race cars, thus beginning the next chapter in the history of the F1 GTR and an unprecedented one: road conversion.
When it comes to accomplishments and acting like you’ve been there before, McLaren prefers to go a little bigger with its celebrations.
Up until the 1995 24h of Le Mans, McLaren actually hadn’t been there before, which made its overall victory in the race that much more impressive. The F1 GTR, the race-reserved variant of the highly-praised F1 road car, took the overall win in its debut with four other GTRs. What followed in homage was a run of potentially the greatest road car ever built.
The accessibility of the McLaren 570 is nearly boundless; it attacks a new price point for the brand, and we already proved where it can go when you put your mind to it. So when McLaren debuted the 570GT as a car made for the journey, it was inevitable what would happen when we got into it.
Sports cars are built to maximize performance, sure, but the reason people pay the super high premiums for them is for the sheer enjoyment. And that’s not something you can pick out on paper.
The only fair and proper – and legal – way to fully enjoy a sports car at its limit is in a track setting. Motor Trend’s “Best Driver’s Car” annual experience drops the year’s best sports cars into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Ca., and has at it with its features team. But atypical to the norm, it’s not a race there.
Ushering in the next generation of the most desirable luxury and supercars in the world has become the norm at Monterey’s car week, but it wasn’t always that way. The Pebble Beach Concours, the fireworks display at the finale of the weekend, was the celebration of decades of historic and significant vehicles, but up-and-coming events like The Quail Motorsports Gathering have shifted the focus to the new era of exotic cars.
The McLaren Philadelphia crew will be caravaning to the city of bridges for this year’s Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Catch us at our booth for a great McLaren line-up and some cool branded merch!
Schenley Park Car Shows and Race Qualifying
Saturday, July 16
International Car Shows & British Car Day – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Come see classic, antique, and exotic vehicles including British, American, German, Asian and Italian cars on the golfcourse. Watch 150 vintage racers compete on the track all day to quality for Sunday’s featured races. $30 per car in the Car Show. GET DETAILS Sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation
Vintage Race Practice and Qualifying Heats – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
6:30 AM to 2:00 PM – Driver/Crew Worker Registration 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Technical Inspections 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM CARS ON TRACK noon – 1:00 PM Vintage Lap Experience. GET DETAILS
Schenley Park Race Day
Sunday, July 17
Our 10-day event closes with a bang as we continue with our races and car shows all day long. 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM Warm-up & Practice Laps 11:00 AM to noon Opening Ceremonies, Parade laps by Jaguar Marque and Patron Parkers 12:00 to 5:00 PM Vintage Races 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM International Car Show on golf course Sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation GET DETAILS
Realigning public roads as a closed course racetrack allows for the most literal use of the phrase “race cars for the road.” It may be the only chance for some of McLaren’s racing variants to take to the street. Continue reading…
McLaren’s meteoric rise back into the supercar prominence came as a result of a disruption of the norm. The MP4-12C stepped in to face established competitors from others such as Ferrari, and squared off against the Italians heroically.