McLaren eye Le Mans comeback

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After 19 years since their most recent vis­it to Le Mans, McLaren are weigh­ing up the pos­si­bil­i­ties of a come­back to the French 24 hour race. The Wok­ing based team’s new boss, Zak Brown, has admit­ted he would ‘love to see McLaren go back to Le Mans’.

Zak Brown, the exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the McLaren Tech­nol­o­gy Group has revealed that a Le Mans return is being dis­cussed for the McLaren team. Brown con­tin­ued, “per­son­al­ly I would love to see us go to Le Mans, and I’m not the only one with those views”.

Although an LMP1 pro­gramme has not been put out of the ques­tion, the like­ly class for a McLaren return would be in the ever grow­ing GTE field. How­ev­er, Brown explained that a GTE car with a full FIA WEC and Le Mans pro­gramme would take “sev­er­al years” to pre­pare.

Brown went on to say that if the project was to go ahead, it would still have to be decid­ed if McLaren would take on the project them­selves or if the project would be assigned to McLaren GT, which is cur­rent­ly respon­si­ble for McLaren’s GT3 and GT4 cars.

Should the project go ahead, even if the main run­ning of the team was head­ed by McLaren GT, it is high­ly like­ly that the McLaren fac­to­ry would be involved on some lev­el, as Andrew Kirkaldy, the head of McLaren GT has stat­ed any effort would need man­u­fac­ture sup­port to be com­pet­i­tive in the man­u­fac­ture dom­i­nat­ed field.

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