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  McLaren M8D Chevrolet
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1970
Numbers built:4
Designed by:Jo Marquart for McLaren
Successor:McLaren M8F Chevrolet
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 22, 2013
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Engine
Configuration Chevrolet 90º V8
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction aluminium block and head
Displacement 7,600 cc / 463.8 cu in
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, OHV
Fuel feed Lucas Fuel Injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 680 bhp / 507 KW
BHP/Liter 89 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body glass-fibre reinforced plastic
Chassis aluminium monocoque with fully stressed engine
Front suspension lower wishbones, single top links, radius arms, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension reverse lower wishbones, single top links, twin radius rods, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox Hewland LG500 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 634 kilo / 1,398 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4,166 mm (164 in) / 1,930 mm (76 in) / 1,143 mm (45 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,387 mm (94 in) / 1,575 mm (62 in) / 1,486 mm (58.5 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 1.07 bhp / kg

Race history
Major wins
1970 Can-Am Mosport (Dan Gurney in M8D/3)
1970 Can-Am St. Jovite (Dan Gurney in M8D/3)
1970 Can-Am Watkins Glen (Denny Hulme in M8D/1)
1970 Can-Am Edmonton (Denny Hulme in M8D/1)
1970 Can-Am Mid-Ohio (Denny Hulme in M8D/1)
1970 Can-Am Road America (Peter Gethin in M8D/3)
1970 Can-Am Donnybrooke (Denny Hulme in M8D/4)
1970 Can-Am Laguna Seca (Denny Hulme in M8D/4)
1970 Can-Am Riverside (Denny Hulme in M8D/4)
Drivers of note Peter Gethin, Dan Gurney, Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren

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