The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed will see a collection of McLaren models prepared by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) on display. McLaren Special Operations or MSO is the bespoke arm of McLaren Automotive and they have been busy preparing models for the Festival. Each of these celebrate this year’s Festival of Speed ‘Flat-out and Fearless’ theme, highlighting a milestone or ‘moment’ from the history of McLaren, and honoring some of the legendary drivers who have driven for the team over the years.
The Ultimate Series is represented by the McLaren P1, with inspiration drawn from the patriotic French livery of the helmet worn by four-time Formula 1 world champion, Alain Prost. Colour-matched to the famous design, the carbon fiber bodywork of the Prost-themed McLaren P1 is white with blue graphics and red highlights.
Representing the Heritage division of MSO is one of the rarest McLaren roadcars ever built, the McLaren F1 GT. Kindly loaned to McLaren for display at Goodwood, chassis #58F1GT is one of only three examples, designed and built to homologate the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ for GT racing during the 1997 season. The livery echoes the famous monochrome design of the Formula 1 team during the late 1990s, driven to back-to-back world titles by Finnish racing driver Mika Hakkinen in 1998 and 1999.
In the sixth of McLaren’s ‘Le Mans Memories’ video series, McLaren Automotive Chairman Ron Dennis recalls his role in 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans in which McLaren was victorious.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the victory is the seventh video. This features the recent return of McLaren to Le Mans where in 2015 they completed a parade lap to commemorate the victory. Reunited for the first time since 1995, the five F1 GTRs that dominated the race took to the track.