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  McLaren M8A Chevrolet
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1968
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Gordon Coppuck / Jo Marquart for McLaren Cars
Predecessor:McLaren M6A Chevrolet
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 12, 2016
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Engine
Configuration Chevrolet ZL1 90º V8
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction cast-aluminium block and head
Displacement 6,997 cc / 427 cu in
Bore / Stroke 107.0 mm (4.2 in) / 95.5 mm (3.8 in)
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, OHV
Fuel feed Lucas Fuel Injection
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 625 bhp / 466 KW @ 7,000 rpm
BHP/Liter 89 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body fibreglass
Chassis aluminium monocoque with steel bulkheads and semi-stressed engine
Front suspension lower wishbones, top links, trailing arms, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension reversed lower wishbones, top links, twin trailing arms, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes (fr/r) Lockheed ventilated discs, 305mm (12 in)
Gearbox Hewland LG500 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 658 kilo / 1,451 lbs
Length / Width / Height 3,911 mm (154 in) / 1,829 mm (72 in) / 762 mm (30 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,387 mm (94 in) / 1,473 mm (58 in) / 1,422 mm (56 in)
Fuel tank 280 Litre (74 Gallon US / 61.6 Gallon Imperial)
Wheels (fr/r) 10 x 15 / 15 x 15
Tyres Goodyear

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.95 bhp / kg

Race history
Major wins
1968 Can-Am Road America (Denny Hulme in M8A/2)
1968 Can-Am Edmonton (Denny Hulme in M8A/2)
1968 Can-Am Riverside (Bruce McLaren in M8A/1)
1968 Can-Am Las Vegas (Denny Hulme in M8A/2)

Resources
Suggested reading
  • McLaren, the Grand Prix, Can-Am and Indy Cars, by Doug Nye
  • McLaren - The cars 1964 - 2008, by William Taylor
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