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McLaren Special Operations Honors Racing Legends with Custom Cars

Aces from Formula One, Can-Am and GT racing recognized

Kelly Pleskot
Jun 24, 2015

At this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren will show off special cars honoring legendary drivers who have raced for the brand over the last 50 years.

The models will debut under McLaren's bespoke arm, McLaren Special Operations. One such car is a special P1 coupe that pays homage to four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost. The car's white body, blue graphics, and red flourishes mimic the design of Prost's helmet inspired by the French livery.

McLaren P1 Prost by MSOfront three quarter Photo 2/16   |   Mclaren P1 Prost By Msofront Three Quarter

Denny Hulme, Can-Am champ and long-time partner to company founder Bruce McLaren, was the inspiration behind a special 675LT featuring two black stripes over white bodywork. The colors of the car resemble Hulme's helmet design, while the car's yellow tinted headlamp lenses pay homage to Hulme's visor. And it's only fitting that the founder of the team itself also receives a special car. An orange 650S Spider was made in remembrance of Bruce McLaren, who claimed the team's first Formula 1 victory driving a bright orange M7A Formula 1 car in 1968.

Also coming to Goodwood is one of the rarest McLaren road cars in history, the F1 GT, which was built to satisfy FIA homologation requirements for the McLaren F1 GTR "Longtail" race car during the 1997 GT racing season. A custom F1 GT bears a monochrome paint that characterized the Formula 1 team during the late 1990s, honoring Finnish racing driver Mika Hakkinen's F1 world title wins in 1998 and 1999.

McLaren P1 Prost by MSO front end Photo 6/16   |   Mclaren P1 Prost By MSO Front End

The special models will be on display at the McLaren House, adjacent to the Goodwood House, and in the Supercar Paddock from McLaren Special Operations. Also making its way to Goodwood is the all-new 570S, which goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.

Source: McLaren

1995 McLaren F1 GT wheel Photo 10/16   |   1995 Mclaren F1 GT Wheel
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