McLaren Racing Limited is a British motor racing group based at the McLaren Innovation Centre, Woking, Surrey, England. McLaren is best known as a Formula One manufacturer and likewise has a history of contending in American open wheel racing as both an entrant and a chassis builder, and has actually won the Canadian-American Difficulty Cup (Can-Am) sports car racing championship. The group is the second oldest active, and 2nd most effective Formula One group after Ferrari, having actually won 182 races, Chauffeurs' Championships and 8 Fabricators' Championships. The group is an entirely owned subsidiary of the McLaren Group. Founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren, the group won its very first Grand Prix at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix, however their greatest initial success was in Can-Am, which they dominated from 1967 to 1971. Further American accomplishment followed, with Indianapolis 500 wins in McLaren cars and trucks for Mark Donohue in 1972 and Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976. After Bruce McLaren passed away in a testing accident in 1970, Teddy Mayer took over and led the team to their very first Formula One Constructors' Championship in 1974, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the Drivers' Champion in 1974 and 1976 respectively. The year 1974 likewise marked the start of an enduring sponsorship by Phillip Morris' Marlboro cigarette brand.In 1981, McLaren combined with Ron Dennis' Job 4 Racing; Dennis took control of as group principal and shortly after organised a buyout of the original McLaren investors to take full control of the team. This started the group's most effective age: with Porsche and Honda engines, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna took between them seven Chauffeurs' Championships and the team took 6 Fitters' Championships. The mix of Prost and Senna was especially dominant-- together they won all but one race in 1988-- however later on their rivalry soured and Prost left for Ferrari. Fellow English team Williams used the most constant difficulty throughout this period, the two winning every contractors' title in between 1984 and 1994. However, by the mid-1990s, Honda had actually withdrawn from Solution One, Senna had actually transferred to Williams, and the team went 3 seasons without a win. With Mercedes-Benz engines, West sponsorship, and former Williams designer Adrian Newey, additional championships can be found in 1998 and 1999 with chauffeur Mika Häkkinen, and throughout the 2000s the group were consistent front-runners, motorist Lewis Hamilton taking their most current title in 2008. Ron Dennis retired as McLaren group principal in 2009, turning over to very long time McLaren staff member Martin Whitmarsh. Nevertheless, at the end of 2013, after the team's worst season since 2004, Whitmarsh was ousted. McLaren revealed in 2013 that they would be using Honda engines from 2015 onwards, changing Mercedes-Benz.
The team raced as McLaren Honda for the very first time considering that 1992 at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. In September 2017, McLaren announced they had actually agreed on an engine supply with Renault from 2018 to 2020. McLaren will go back to use Mercedes-Benz engines from the 2021 season till at least 2024. After at first going back to the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 as a partner to Andretti Autosport to run Fernando Alonso, McLaren announced in August 2019 that they would run in combination with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports starting in 2020 to run the full IndyCar Series, the combined entry being called Arrow McLaren SP. Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. Bruce was a works driver for the British Solution One team Cooper with whom he had actually won three Grands Prix and come 2nd in the 1960 World Championship. Wishing to compete in the Australasian Tasman Series, Bruce approached his companies, but when group owner Charles Cooper insisted on utilizing 1.5-litre Formula One-specification engines instead of the 2.5-litre motors allowed by the Tasman website guidelines, Bruce chose to set up his own group to run him and his prospective Solution One teammate Timmy Mayer with customized Cooper cars.