It Began with Speed
The Mclaren are a great car brand that is right up there with the higher end models. But who are they and where did they come from? McLarens are always associated with exclusivity and speed, but so is the founder, Bruce McLaren.
Bruce McLaren was a New Zealander who raced in his country and moved to England to help race in more circuits. He eventually met up with investors and created his own racing brand of cars in the McLaren Institute. He then helped create the first line of McLaren but died before seeing it’s release. Crashing during a course in France.
Kiwis – The beginning logos of McLarens used to feature kiwis because that is the name that New Zealanders call each other. However, recently it has become the trademarked speedy chevrons. It used to be called the speedy kiwi, which I think features more character.
The 12c – A convertible version of the car, the MP4-12C Spider was later renamed the McLaren 12C Spider in 2012. The 75 kg ‘MonoCell’ required no additional strengthening for the Spider model. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 40 kg more with the addition of a convertible roof system.
Collaboration with Mercedes – In 1999, McLaren agreed to design and manufacture the SLR in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz. DaimlerChrysler was the engine supplier to McLaren Racing through its Mercedes-Benz division. The final stages of production of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren took place at a designated assembly facility at the McLaren Technology Centre. A limited edition called the SLR Stirling Moss was introduced. The car was the final SLR produced and a tribute to Stirling Moss. Beneath the scissor-doors is a plaque with Moss’ signature on it.
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The McLaren has character; it has a motive, and a desire to drive fast. If you get the opportunity to drive it, take it.
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