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McLaren Racing Limited, trading as McLaren Honda, is a British Formula One team based at The McLaren Technology Campus, Woking, Surrey, England. McLaren is best known as a Formula One constructor but has also competed and won in the Indianapolis 500 and Canadian-American Challenge Cup . The team is the second oldest active team after Ferrari. They are one of the most successful teams in Formula One history, having won 182 races, 12 drivers' championships and 8 constructors' championships. The team is a wholly owned subsidiary of McLaren Technology Group.Founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren, the team won its first Grand Prix at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix but their greatest initial success was in Can-Am, where they dominated from 1967 to 1971. Further American triumph followed, with Indianapolis 500 wins in McLaren cars for Mark Donohue in 1972 and Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976. After Bruce McLaren died in a testing accident in 1970, Teddy Mayer took over and led the team to their first Formula One constructors' championship in 1974, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the drivers' championship in 1974 and 1976 respectively. 1974 also marked the start of a long-standing sponsorship by Phillip Morris' Marlboro cigarette brand.In 1981 McLaren merged with Ron Dennis' Project Four Racing; Dennis took over as team principal and shortly after organised a buyout of the original McLaren shareholders to take full control of the team. This began the team's most successful era: with Porsche and Honda engines, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna took between them seven drivers' championships and McLaren six constructors' championships. The combination of Prost and Senna was particularly dominant—together they won all but one race in 1988—but later their rivalry soured and Prost left for Ferrari. Fellow English team Williams offered the most consistent challenge during this period, the two winning every constructors' title between 1984 and 1994. However, by the mid-1990s Honda had withdrawn from Formula One, Senna had moved to Williams and the team went three seasons without a win. With Mercedes-Benz engines, West sponsorship and former Williams designer Adrian Newey, further championships came in 1998 and 1999 with driver Mika Häkkinen and during the 2000s the team were consistent front-runners, driver Lewis Hamilton taking their latest title in 2008. In 2009 Dennis retired as team principal of McLaren handing the former role to longtime McLaren employee Martin Whitmarsh. At the end of 2013, after the team's worst season since 2004, Whitmarsh was ousted. In October 2014, Sam Michael, would be quitting his role at McLaren Racing. In 2013, McLaren announced they would be using Honda engines from 2015 onwards, replacing Mercedes-Benz. Wikipedia.


Patent
McLaren | Date: 2013-08-23

According to an aspect of the invention there is provided a latching mechanism for securing exterior panels, the mechanism comprising a security element moveable between a plurality of configurations and arranged such that when a first exterior panel is fitted in place: in a first configuration the security element engages a first fixed element to latch the first exterior panel in place; and in a second configuration the security element releases the first exterior panel and physically obstructs the fitting of a second exterior panel in place adjacent to the first exterior panel.


A vehicle comprising a flap that is attached to the vehicle in such a way as to permit movement of the flap from a first position to a second position, wherein the flap is configured to alter the downforce generated by the vehicle when the vehicle is in motion by affecting the airflow underneath the vehicle, the effect of the flap on the airflow being dependent upon the second position of the flap.


Patent
McLaren | Date: 2014-12-30

A variable aerodynamic device for a vehicle, comprising: a wing element (


Patent
McLaren | Date: 2014-03-17

A vehicle having a hub carrier coupled to a body of the vehicle by a camber mechanism, the vehicle having first and second mounting points by means of which the camber mechanism is coupled to the body of the vehicle, wherein: (i) the camber mechanism comprises: a first wing attached to the first mounting point by a first rotationally free joint; a second wing attached to the second mounting point by a second rotationally free joint and attached to the first wing by an inter-wing joint that permits relative motion of the first and second wings; and a tie link attached by a third rotationally free joint to the first wing and running to the vehicle body; (ii) the hub carrier is attached to the first wing by a first hub carrier joint permitting relative rotation of the first wing and the hub carrier about only a single axis, which axis substantially intersects a camber axis; (iii) the hub carrier is attached to the second wing by a second hub carrier joint permitting relative rotation of the second wing and the hub carrier about only a single axis, which axis substantially intersects the camber axis; and (iv) the inter-wing joint and the first and second hub carrier joints provide freedom of motion such that the hub carrier can camber relative to the vehicle body about the camber axis.


Patent
McLaren | Date: 2014-09-25

A vehicle comprising: a vehicle body; an openable door having an outer skin and an inner skin defining a cavity there between and a relay mechanism mounted in the cavity; a moveable aerodynamic device attached to the door for generating down force when in a deployed position relative to the vehicle; and an actuator mounted to the vehicle body; the vehicle being configured so that (i) the door can be opened, leaving the actuator mounted to the body, and (ii) when the door is closed, the actuator can engage the relay mechanism and drive the aerodynamic device via the relay mechanism to cause the aerodynamic device to extend to the deployed position.

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