McLAREN F1 GTR – BMW n.44
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The McLaren F1 GTR – BMW n.44 is a car that participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours of 1997. After the success with the McLaren F1 GTR n.59 in 1995, the Woking team tried to face the rise of the new GT1 presented by Porsche, Nissan and Panoz. Modified the car by extending the nose and rear increasing the downforce, and lowering the engine displacement.
The Japanese Team Lark McLaren team with Gary Ayles, Keiichi Tsuchiya and Akihiko Nakaya at the wheel of the McLaren F1 GTR – BMW n.44 did not finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997, due to accident after eighty-eight laps. The winner of the race was TWR Porsche WSC n.7 of Michele Alboreto, Stefan Johansson and Tom Kristensen. Second Jean-Marc Gounon,P.H. Raphanel and Anders Olafsson with the McLaren F1 GTR n.41, while third the McLaren F1 GTR – BMW n.43 with Eric Helary, Peter Kox, Roberto Ravaglia.
McLaren F1 GTR Longtail
Designed: Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens
Carbon fibre reinforced plastic monocoque
Length: 4933 mm
Width: 1920 mm
Height: 1200 mm
Suspension front: Double unequal length wishbones, coil springs over alloy dampers, anti-roll bar
Suspension rear: Double unequal length wishbones, coil springs over alloy dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes:Carbon discs front and rear
BMW S70/3 5990 cc V12 60°
Power: 448 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: McLaren X-Trac, transversale, synchronises six rapports
Fuel brand: ?
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: 100 lt
Did not finish at the 24 hours of Le Mans 1997 with drivers Gary Ayles, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Akihiko Nakaya