McLaren is planning an unprecedented showing of its rarest race cars and production models at this week’s 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. After all, McLaren turns 50 this year and where better to celebrate than at the company’s local automotive gathering, the annual event that takes place on the grounds of Goodwood House.
We’ve already reported that McLaren’s new P1 supercar
will be making its dynamic debut at Goodwood and that McLaren would also be showing off its modern 12C GT Can-Am Edition track special
However, now the British company has revealed details on the rest of its Goodwood lineup.
The Can-Am cars will include the 1970 championship-winning M8D of Denny and Peter Revson’s winning M8F from 1971. But with Formula One being at its core and foundation, McLaren will also be displaying a selection of legendary models that hugely contributed to the team’s success including the first and latest championship winning cars; the 1974 M23 of Emerson Fittipaldi and Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-23 driven to victory in the 2008 championship.
Additionally, McLaren will run the all-conquering MP4/4 of Ayrton Senna from 1988. This car saw Senna claim the first of his three world championships with McLaren and, together with team-mate Alain Prost, claimed victory in 15 out of the 16 races during the season.
Completing the dynamic F1 lineup will be the MP4-13, in which Mika Häkkinen claimed the 1998 Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships. This car also established an unbeaten 41.6 second record up the Goodwood Hill at the Festival of Speed in 1999 when driven by Nick Heidfeld.
This year, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez will be making appearances.
But McLaren isn’t just about Can-Am and F1; Le Mans racing is also in its heritage. The all-conquering McLaren F1 GTR chassis F1/01R, which claimed a debut victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, will be joined by the one-off prototype of the McLaren F1 LM and the Gulf-liveried McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ which claimed second place at Le Mans in 1997.
Finally, McLaren will also present in public for the first time its special ‘50’ 12C and 12C Spider models
built to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary.
This exciting lineup will feature both as part of the dynamic displays, and form a static display at the McLaren stand, located on Laundry Green, adjacent to the Supercar Paddock. If you’re in the U.K. this week, make sure to head down to Goodwood for its annual Festival of Speed, which runs from July 11-14. If you can’t make it in person, you can follow our complete coverage of the event via our dedicated hub
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