To celebrate 50 years of McLaren and the opening of its first New Zealand outlet at Grey Lynn here's our favourite five road-going McLarens.
MCLAREN M6GT - 1967
A coupe based on the 1967 Can Am car, the M6GT was originally intended for endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This never transpired and two were converted for road use, one being Bruce McLaren’s personal drive.
MCLAREN F1 - 1992-1998
Conceived by F1 guru Gordon Murray the F1 became the world’s fastest production car in 1998, reaching 391 kmh.
UK Autocar said of it: ''The McLaren F1 is the finest driving machine yet built for the public road.''
MCLAREN 12C - 2011
Originally called the MP4 12C, it was McLaren’s first production car in 13 years, and the only contender for the Ferrari 456. It uses more Formula 1 technologies in its design and construction than any other car, until the P1 that is.
MCLAREN 12C SPIDER - 2012
Drivers marvelled when the convertible version of the 12C proved to have so much torsional integrity, that it displayed no more flex than the coupe while weighing only 40kg more. It is THE car to be seen in on the Cote d’Azur.
MCLAREN P1 - 2013
Effectively a plug-in hybrid car built on a development the MP2 12C monocell, the P1’s combined output is an astonishing 665kW. The car has recently posted a breathtaking sub-seven minute lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
- Sunday Star Times