McLaren M6GT, Bruce McLaren's first street sports car 2

McLaren M6GT, Bruce McLaren's first street sports car

The McLaren M6GT was to be the British brand's first street car, and although the project was discontinued after Bruce McLaren's (1937-1970) death, the car remains an icon. within the history of the Woking company. The young New Zealand driver, inventor, designer and engineer didn't want a fast car, he wanted the fastest of them all. A letter of intent with Ferrari and Porsche involved.

McLaren had been contacted by Ford Motor Company to be part of their 1960s campaign to challenge Ferrari and other high-performance vehicles at the Le Mans 24 Hours. At that time, the racer was building his own team with a number of cars that he was developing and that would bear his own name. Originally christened McLaren M1, they finally dominated the Can-Am series with the M6 ​​and M8.

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McLaren intended to participate in the 1969 Sports Car World Championship (now the Endurance World Championship) with a coupe version of the M6B Can-Am but was asked to build 50 production samples for use on the Street this is an essential prerequisite to keep up in the category. Knowing that this was impossible for him, he gave up the idea of ​​participating, but didn't throw in the towel completely and created his street supercar.

McLaren developed the M6GT for two years using a racing M6A as a platform. A 5.7-liter Chevrolet V8 engine with 370 hp and 502 Nm torque was hidden under the bonnet, with which he reached 265 km / h top speed . It weighed just 800 kilos thanks to its body, which was as long and low as a Le Mans prototype and made of glass fiber covered with an aluminum alloy. All of this on a rigid steel chassis.

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Developed as the fastest car in the world (then a record of the Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB / 4 at 281 km / h), it had somewhat unusual manually operated pop-up headlights and even the famous opening butterfly doors, The McLaren cars that have shaped so much since the F1 (and the second road car of the British brand) were launched in 1994. And if the latter was tight (106 units), the M6GT it was even more.

McLaren died on June 2, 1970 on the Goodwood Circuit while testing his prototype M8D Can-Am and bringing his vision and dreams to the grave. McLaren didn't just compete with cars, he was an enigmatic character who always strived to innovate the car in all its forms, a person who didn't hesitate to show his passion. The M6GT project was stopped because the company wanted to focus on racing. Only four copies were made: two red, one yellow and one orange.

This bright red copy with the license plate OBH 500H was the staff of Bruce and now lives in the United States. The car is serviced by a specialist McLaren team in Chicago and was recently pulled out of hiding and driven through the streets of the busy city. It has only traveled 3,369 kilometers and it is as surprising to see as anywhere else or temporarily. Out of curiosity, the price of this unit is estimated at more than 10 million euros.

Even widely regarded as a black swan by McLaren, the M6GT relied on the taste for speed and competitive DNA to achieve a different kind of league. And from there, would shape every car that bears the McLaren emblem. If you would like to know what it feels like to drive it (through words), the company itself had the opportunity to report it on its website.

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