The spirit behind McLaren has always been one of a racing nature and that’s because Bruce McLaren started the brand as a race team. It wasn’t until decades later that the F1, McLaren’s road-going supercar, was unveiled. But before they could create such a magnificent car, they created the M2B, McLaren’s first Formula 1 race car.
In 1966, Bruce McLaren would go on to debut the M2B at the Monaco GP where he would qualify in the tenth position and ran as high as sixth place during the race. Unfortunately, he would have to retire from the race due to an oil issue. After working out the kinks, he would go on to finish in sixth place at the 1966 British GP and fifth at the United States GP. It wasn’t until the Belgian GP that Bruce and team obtained their first victory.
Now, 50 years after McLaren’s historic launch in the racing world, they are celebrating in a brilliant fashion.
On their website, McLaren shows off a new 570S that has been customized to resemble the original M2B race car. This livery features a white finish that is has a contrasting central green stripe and silver edging, just like the original McLaren race car.
Congratulations to McLaren from us at Autofluence on half a century of racing excellence and automotive innovation.