F1 » McLaren retains F1 engine deal despite Mercedes exit

McLaren confirms that it is to buy back the 40 per cent stake currently owned by Mercedes-Benz as the German manufacturer switches camps to Brawn GP - but the engine supply deal will continue

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November 16, 2009 12:42 PM

In the long run, I doubt Mclarens viabiltiy as a manufacturer. Thats not say i want to see them fail, I hope they make it, Just think it makes more sense to be an engineering firm first a la prodrive. Make your name that way then make a sub100k coupe to get the punters in and then make the extravagent 160k supercar.
It seems Mclaren want to start running before they can walk and this way has produced some epic disasters. :-o

Calvin _

November 16, 2009 1:00 PM


McLaren F1, one of the most iconic cars of the last century. I think that McLaren have enough engineering history for them to be OK. And, I'm pretty sure than RD has done his sums before embarking on this venture.

lorenzo lemioni

November 16, 2009 1:16 PM

evil twin! that is biggist load of **** i have ever heard,what do YOU want them to do make go faster bits for transit vans.the f1 and the mclaren mercedes sports car were the best supercars ever built,there's no reason why they can't make a 100k version your estimation of them is way way off target.or maby you are just an anti mclaren bigot.

Racingbod - Unregistered

November 16, 2009 1:25 PM

More to the point McLaren have got 5 years to get their engine facility up to F1 Spec and will we see McLaren-McLaren taking on Ferrari-Ferrari?

Gotta love RD speak though "strategic realignment" pah!

Mob rules - Unregistered

November 16, 2009 1:31 PM

Lorenzo no he is not an anti McLaren bigot. Just that he knows plenty from what I have gathered by reading his posts. The problem with his now assumption is that McLaren was succesful throughout the years without/with Mercedes. As a matter of interest I believe Mercedes is known, as far as F1 is concerned, thanks to McLaren. I am sure McLaren will do well and their road car will be a success too. There are plenty people who will buy it just for the fun of it.


November 16, 2009 1:33 PM

racingbod. i agree with you. if mclaren buy the bmw engine design, they have some time to really develope it and to iron outs is reliability problems.

lorenzo, the iconic f1 was bmw powered but the mc merc has not been a success. by the way, merc PAID mclaren, NOT to manufacture the f1.

sas - Unregistered

November 16, 2009 1:35 PM

With Kimmi i think they continue to be in the first line to be the champion team in 2010. But with so many suprises, i don't know...They have the money to pay Kimmi? or he his going for the challenge and make a discount...Is going to be difficult to Kimmi, he will have to grab the pace of Hamilton fast, but if it works, will be like winning the championship for the first time. I think will be not boring...

Racingbod - Unregistered

November 16, 2009 2:01 PM

Richard. i'm not familiar with the engine regs, do you know if 2015 is when the current engine freeze expires and what plans (if any) have been made for the next generation of power plants?

If for example it went back to 1.5lt Turbos (as has been suggested) would there be any point in McLaren purchasing the BMW design? They already plan to produce their own engines for their sportscars so would they require external resources with the time they have available? it could be an expensive mistake if a 2.5lt V8 is irrelevant.

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