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About the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans race
McLaren made its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 1995 with seven McLaren F1 GTR cars entered in the endurance classic. It was the first time the McLaren F1 GTR had competed in a race of greater than four hours’ duration and the first time the production-based machine had competed against sports-prototype cars.
Leading from the second hour of a race held in treacherously-wet conditions, McLaren F1 GTRs dominated from then on with the Ueno Clinic-sponsored #59 Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing McLaren F1 GTR driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya emerging victorious. The trio completed 298 laps - one more than its closest rival – in chassis 01R, which was the original GTR development car and run in the race by Lanzante. The win headlined a McLaren 1-3-4-5 finish and Sekiya became the first Japanese driver to win Le Mans. McLaren F1 cars raced in the following three editions of Le Mans, claiming further podium finishes and a class victory in 1997.
McLaren F1 GTR 1995 specification
Engine: 6064cc V12, 60 degrees
Transmission: 6-speed straight-cut gearbox with limited slip final drive differential
Power: 600bhp (608PS)
Torque: 527lb/ft (714.5Nm) @ 4500rpm
Maximum speed: 205mph (330 km/h)
Kerb weight: 1050kg (2314.9 pounds)
Body: Carbon fibre monocoque chassis with carbon fibre composite body panels
Suspension: All-aluminium double wishbones front and rear
Wheels: Front 18x10.8 inch, rear 18x13 inch
Brakes: Carbon fibre discs front 380mm, rear 355mm, 4-piston monobloc aluminium calipers
About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance supercars.
Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.
Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.
The company’s product portfolio of GT, Supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 95 retailers in more than 32 markets around the world.
McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.
Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.
In 2018, the company launched its new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region in the North of England that will see it produce the next generation of lightweight carbon fibre ‘tubs’ that are at the heart of all McLaren cars.
2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider as well as the new GT, the track-only Senna GTR and unveiled the 620R and the McLaren Elva. In 2020, McLaren launched the 765LT.
To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise, technology and solutions. These include AkzoNobel, Ashurst, Dell Technologies, OnePlus, Pirelli, Richard Mille, and Tumi.
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