We all have seen old F1 cars and fantasised about attending one of the mythical races from back in the day. Just imagine being able to see these large engines clinging out of the back of F1 cars and listening to the screaming noises they made. McLaren M2B was never the fastest one and did not win any races, but it was necessary, first of its kind, and had no issues in the noise-making department. It wast the first McLaren made car to enter an F1 race. That happened in during the 1966 season at the racing weekend of the Monaco Grand Prix.


A post-war race masterpiece

It was the brainchild of the immensely talented Robin Herd, aged 26 at the time. Nonetheless, he already took part in the construction of the Concord. Therefore, he transfered the knowledge and materials he acquired from aeroplane engineering into the F1 racing. For the making of the M2B, Maclaren uses a new technique called Mallite. The mixture was already known in the aeroplane industry. The new material is an end-grain balsa wood pressed between two duralumin sheets. All panels of the McLaren M2B used it.


Racing career

Unfortunately, the Mclaren M2B failed to win any races. This was due to unreliable and powerful enough engine. There were two options for engine-plants. A Ford V8 borrowed from the Indie 500 race and reduced from 4.2 litres to just 3.0 with around 300 bhp. The second engine was a Serenissima 3.0 V8 producing only 260 bhp.

The car managed to finish two races, collecting a total of 2 points for 6th place in Britain and 5th in the USA. But, it was the car for Bruce to enter his first F1 with his team. We will remember the McLaren M2B with its appearance in the iconic 1966 movie “Grand Prix” as the car of the fictional Japanese team. The rest is history.

Celebrate the early McLaren years with this McLaren M2B poster carefully produced by us.



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