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1968 McLaren M8C

In 1970 McLaren made their M8 available to customers with a lower chassis-mounted wing compared to its predecessors.

The earlier 1969 cars had larger suspension-mounted wings which performed well but failed due to the suspension vibration. A rule change for 1970 meant that the M8C and all later versions would use a chassis-mounted wing.

Another change was the engine mounted which was unstressed and allowed for either a big-block Ford or Chevrolet engine.

In Detail

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type Racing Car
engine Chevrolet 90º V8
position Mid, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
fuel feed Lucas Fuel Injection
displacement 6997 cc / 427 in³
power 484.7 kw / 650 bhp
specific output 92.9 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 1006.19 bhp per tonne
body / frame Fibreglass Body over Aluminum Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Ventilated Steel Discs
rear brakes Ventilated Steel Discs
curb weight 646 kg / 1424 lbs
wheelbase 2387 mm / 94.0 in
front track 1473 mm / 0.0 in
rear track 1397 mm / 55.0 in
length 3886 mm / 153.0 in
width 1880 mm / 74.0 in
height 762 mm / 30.0 in
transmission Hewland LG500 4 speed Manual