Lots of marques claim to be “race-bred” or “racing-inspired,” but nowhere is that more true than with McLaren. With over 50 years in the racing world, McLaren is truly a race-oriented make, and their cars are suited for the most skilled, most demanding drivers on the planet.
McLaren was founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren, who was then a driver for the Cooper team. McLaren drove for Cooper until 1966, when he split from the team and entered a McLaren car at the 1966 Monaco race. The team’s cars struggled for the first years, never pulling better than a 4th-place showing, but by 1968 McLaren’s cars were starting to rack up victories.
Tragically, McLaren was killed in a 1970 test drive crash; the company was then taken over by Teddy Mayer. By the early 70s, McLaren’s track record was well established, and the team started to attract drivers like Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Mike Hailwood.
By the 80s, Team McLaren was building cars with TAG-Porsche, Cosworth or Honda engines, continuing their winning streak. The mid 90s saw a switch to Peugeot, Ford-Cosworth and Lamborghini engines, and later years saw McLaren allying with Mercedes-Benz for engines and engineering input. By the early to mid 90s, McLaren was custom-building road cars for customers, with the same thoroughbred engineering and performance as their race-only cars.
While McLaren continues with full-on race cars, recent years have seen the company produce limited numbers of road cars as well, even expanding their product line to include several models. The MP4-12C, for instance, is a supercar with a carbon-fiber composite chassis and a mid-engine 3.8 liter V8 that develops about 592 horsepower and 443 ft-lbs of torque. As you’d expect, the MP4-12C’s acceleration, handling, braking and all-around performance are somewhere beyond “world-class.”
The F1, another supercar, set the record for world’s fastest production car, topping out over 230 mph in 1998. The F1 is a phenomenal car in just about every respect, including safety; a test driver rolled the first prototype at high speed, wearing nothing more than shorts and a t-shirt, and walked away from the accident with scratches.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the select group of owners for these exotic , limited-production cars, you know exactly what you’ve got and you know that it takes a qualified shop to service them. When you come to Modena Motorworks, that’s exactly what you can expect. Our techs bring decades of experience and are factory-trained for service on McLaren, Maserati, Ferrari, BMW and a number of other exotic makes. It takes skill, care and experience to service exotics and supercars, and that’s what we offer at Modena Motorworks.
We’re conveniently located on La Cienega Blvd in West Los Angeles, close to West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood. If you need routine maintenance, preventive maintenance, repairs or something as mundane as an oil change, we hope you’ll think of Modena Motorworks first for your McLaren.
1652 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
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