McLaren have revealed their new Formula 1 car, which will contest the 2023 season, is to be called the MCL60.
The name, which marks a departure from the team’s recent nomenclature, makes reference to the 60th anniversary of the team, which was founded by Bruce McLaren in 1963.
Last year’s car, the MCL36, continued McLaren’s long-running numerical system of naming their cars which stretched back to the first car developed after Ron Dennis took over the team. MP4, which stood for McLaren Project 4 in reference to Dennis’s Project Four Racing organisation, preceded the numbers in their cars’ names until 2016.
The present McLaren team continued that sequence after Dennis’ departure, with MCL preceding the numbers.
Before Dennis took over, McLaren’s F1 cars were numbered from M2 to M29. The ‘M’ designation was also used for cars raced in other series.
The naming of the Mercedes-powered MCL60, which will be launched next Monday at the team’s Woking headquarters, is the start of several celebrations McLaren will be making through 2023 for their 60th anniversary.
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