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  McLaren M14A Cosworth

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1970 - 1971
Numbers built:3
Successor:McLaren M19A Cosworth
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 19, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAlthough McLaren was the dominant force in Can-Am racing, it proved to be quite difficult to get a similar position in Formula 1. The England based team first entered Formula 1 in 1966, and scored their first victory in 1968. The sport was quickly developing and keeping up with the changes required a manufacturer's full attention; all the top runners at that time were almost completely focused on Formula 1.

For 1970 McLaren constructed a new car, which was more an evolution from the old M7 than a completely new car. Dubbed the M14, it was a very conventional monocoque design, which used the Cosworth DFV engine as a stressed member. The season started off relatively well with two second place finishes by Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren, but then tragedy struck. McLaren fatally crashed the latest Can-Am racer at a test, and Denny Hulme burned his hands at Indy. Understandably this was a tremendous blow for the team, but they continued their racing efforts.

In the United States the Can-Am dominance continued, despite Hulme's injuries. In Formula 1 the McLaren M14A was quickly losing ground against the more advanced Lotus and Ferrari racers. Hulme ended the season in fourth and McLaren shared the fourth position in the constructor's championship with Brabham. Andrea de Adamich ran the Alfa Romeo engined M14D, but like his Italian powered M7D, it was a reliability nightmare.

In 1971 the M19 had taken the place of the M14, but the team was again unable to score any victories, and it was not until McLaren put their full attention to single seater racers that they would return to their winning ways.

Featured is one of the Cosworth engined M14As, which is regularly campaigned in historic racing. It is pictured here at the 2004 Nürburgring Old Timer Grand Prix, where it competed in the Grand Prix Masters race.

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