Ask any McLaren fan to pick the team’s most successful car and they’ll probably point to 1988’s MP4/4. After all, it won 15 of that season’s 16 races, and took Ayrton Senna to his first Formula 1 world championship title. Pretty successful, we’re sure you’ll agree.
But there is a McLaren that’s been even more successful.
That car is the iconic M23. It’s the chassis that took both Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt to world championship success, and, unlike modern grand prix cars, which are re-designed every season, it was a Formula 1 mainstay for an incredible six seasons.
That’s right, between its debut in 1973 and its exit in 1978, it contested a mighty 80 grands prix, was driven by 16 different drivers and won 16 races – that’s one more than the MP4/4.
Let’s dig in and find out a little more about one of grand prix racing’s greatest-ever cars…