McLaren M14A

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McLaren M14
McLaren M14.jpg
An M14 housed at the Donington Grand Prix Exhibition.
Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren Racing
Designer(s) Gordon Coppuck
Predecessor M7A
Successor M19A
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque.
Suspension (front) Double wishbone.
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone.
Axle track Front: 62.4 in (158 cm)
Rear: 61.5 in (156 cm)
Wheelbase 94.8 in (241 cm)
Engine Ford-Cosworth DFV 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) 90° V8, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted.
Transmission Hewland DG300 5-speed manual gearbox.
Weight 536 kg (1,182 lb)
Competition history
Notable entrants Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
Notable drivers New Zealand Denny Hulme
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
United States Dan Gurney
Debut 1970 South African Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
18 0 0 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The McLaren M14A is a Formula One racing car built and raced by McLaren in the 1970 World Championship and the 1971 World Championship. The D car was later used as an extension of the A version, featuring a V8 Alfa Romeo engine.

Design[edit]

M14A[edit]

The M14A was an evolution of the previous M7A and M7C, with the primary change being the rear brakes were mounted inboard instead of outboard.[2] As with the M7, the M14A was powered by a Cosworth DFV V8 and a Hewland 5-speed manual gearbox.

M14D[edit]

Like the M7D, the M14D was commissioned by Alfa Romeo's Autodelta competition department. It was a standard M14A powered by the 3.0 litre V8 engine from Alfa Romeo's T33 sports car.

Competition History[edit]

1970[edit]

1970 was a tumultuous year for McLaren. The Formula 1 season started out with two second places, a fourth, and three retirements for Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme. Then, tragedy struck when Bruce McLaren was killed on 2 June 1970 at the Goodwood Circuit while testing the new M8D Can-Am car. McLaren withdrew their entries to the Belgian Grand Prix, which was run only five days after the fatal accident. Hulme had also been injured the month before in a methanol fire while practicing for the Indianapolis 500.

McLaren resumed racing at the Dutch Grand Prix, with Dan Gurney and Peter Gethin driving. Hulme came back for the next race in France, replacing Gethin. Gurney ran one more race, then was replaced by Gethin for the rest of the season. Hulme was able to score three third places, but McLaren finished fifth in the 1970 Constructor's Championship.

Andrea de Adamich began the season campaigning an Alfa Romeo powered M7D, then switched to the M14D, also Alfa Romeo powered, for the Dutch Grand Prix.

1971[edit]

Peter Gethin started the 1971 season driving a 14A, while Denny Hulme raced the only 19A that had been built at that point. Following two retirements and an eighth place at the Spanish Grand Prix, Gethin was also given a 19A to race. The 14A was brought out of retirement for Jackie Oliver to race, who finished with a retirement, a ninth, and a seventh place to cap off the career of the McLaren 14A.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points WCC
1970 M14A Ford Cosworth DFV G RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA MEX 35 5th
New Zealand Bruce McLaren Ret 2 Ret
New Zealand Denny Hulme 2 Ret 4 4 3 3 Ret 4 Ret 7 3
United States Dan Gurney Ret 6 Ret
United Kingdom Peter Gethin Ret Ret 10 Ret 6 14 Ret
M14D Alfa Romeo T33 V8 Italy Andrea de Adamich DNQ DNQ 12 8 Ret DNQ
1971 M14A Ford Cosworth DFV G RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 10* 6th
United Kingdom Peter Gethin Ret 8 Ret
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Ret 9 7

* All points in 1971 scored using the McLaren M19A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1970 - 1971 McLaren M14A Cosworth". Ultimatecarpage.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Grand Prix Scene". motorsportmagazine.com. Motor Sport (magazine). Retrieved 20 September 2014.