I drove Ayrton Senna's legendary McLaren MP4/4. The car he drove to victory in the 1988 Formula One World Championship. Ok. Let me just clarify. I didn't actually drive the real car. I drove the virtual car on the online racing simulator, Simraceway.
At the German Grand Prix yesterday, McLaren pulled off the fastest pit stop in competition history, swapping the four tires on Jenson Button's car in just 2.31 seconds. Button didn't lose a single place on the grid.
McLaren is more than a carmaker. They've created a temple for the world's best engineers, designers, and problem solvers. The new factory where they build the MP4-12C is a technology advanced, 344,445-sf automotive nirvana tucked away in the English countryside.
The McLaren F1 is the holiest of holy enthusiast models and wrecking one is a crime against carmanity. If you do it you better have a damn good story. To Elon Musk's credit, it is kind of a damn good story.
McLaren spares no expenses on its new car launch videos. The Sharper Image supercar 12C Spider gets top-dollar treatment here at the Ascari test track, on closed mountain roads, and with cinema-quality RED cameras.
There are few concepts more prone to disaster than an exotic car test drive. Combine a salesman staring down a large payday with a driver determined to push the limits of an powerful unfamiliar car and things like the fiery crash you see here are bound to happen.
Imagine driving at speeds approaching 200 mph in an open convertible. Imagine a McLaren MP4-12C without a roof. McLaren's 616 hp twin-turbo V8 powered 12C Spider can do just that. We know because Formula 1 driver Jenon Button has been there and done that.
The 2012 MP4-12C is McLaren Automotive's first attempt at a sports car for the regular wealthy, not the ones with unicorn stables at their million-square-foot ectopods in Jackson Hole Nebula. But is it too nerdy, and not sexy enough? We found out.
How clean is the McLaren Headquarters in Woking, UK? Imagine a white diamond boiled in hydrogenated German Shepherd saliva and you're almost there. It's so clean, Bubble Boy has to have exhaust fumes from a '65 Corvair pumped into his bubble whenever he visits. Check it out.
McLaren driver Jenson Button came to Budapest on Tuesday to show what it’s like to do 150 MPH on a downtown avenue. What must be a PR burden for a modern F1 driver is an aural delight for an entire city, sweltering in the early spring heat. The McLaren was loud in a rather cosmic way.
Most intelligent civilized people know that there is a time and a place for certain things. Those intelligent civilized people likely aren't the ones blasting a rare and expensive Brabus Mercedes-McLaren SLR Roadster (with matching Smart) through a Paris parking garage at more than 90 mph.
It’s been a while since Formula One regulations have led to a field of cars so uniformly ugly. Save for one: the McLaren MP4-27. If there’s any truth in beauty left in the world, it should win the championship on looks alone.
Has John Hennessey ever found a fast car he didn't think he could make faster? His next target is the McLaren MP4-12C, which he's planning to turn the power dial up to a stonkin' 800 hp. Better reach for the fireproof suits, boys, because the flames are comin' this way!
This isn't a movie set. This isn't a drawing. This isn't heaven. No, it's actually the tunnel entrance to what may be the world's most secret supercar garage. OK, so maybe it is heaven.
Here’s the points chart for the recently concluded Formula One season, total points plotted against Grands Prix. If you’ll ignore the uncanny performance of a certain blond German kid, it was a pretty close fight…for second place.
Zombie season’s over! As always at Interlagos, it was an entertaining Grand Prix, with some rather surprising results. Behind the Red Bulls, that is. Warning: spoilers.
Lewis Hamilton contested the season’s last Formula One race on Sunday in this yellow-and-green helmet, which is even more Senna-esque than his regular yellow helmet. Hamilton, who is something of a Senna incarnation on his good days, is looking to end his stormy season on a roll: hot off his victory in Abu Dhabi, he…