McLaren Racing Limited is a British motor racing team based at the McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, Surrey, England. McLaren is best called a Solution One fabricator and also has a history of competing in American open wheel racing as both an entrant and a chassis fitter, and has actually won the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) sports car racing champion. The team is the second earliest active, and 2nd most successful Solution One group after Ferrari, having won 182 races, Drivers' Champions and 8 Contractors' Championships. The group is a completely owned subsidiary of the McLaren Group. Founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren, the team won its very first Grand Prix at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix, however their greatest preliminary success remained in Can-Am, which they dominated from 1967 to 1971. More American victory followed, with Indianapolis 500 wins in McLaren vehicles for Mark Donohue in 1972 and Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976. After Bruce McLaren died in a screening accident in 1970, Teddy Mayer took over and led the group to their first Formula One Constructors' Championship in 1974, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the Drivers' Championship in 1974 and 1976 respectively. The year 1974 likewise marked the start of an enduring sponsorship by Phillip Morris' Marlboro cigarette brand.In 1981, McLaren combined with Ron Dennis' Project 4 Racing; Dennis took control of as group principal and quickly after arranged a buyout of the initial McLaren investors to take full control of the team. This began the group's most effective age: with Porsche and Honda engines, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna took in between them 7 Chauffeurs' Champions and the group took six Builders' Championships. The combination of Prost and Senna was particularly dominant-- together they won all but one race in 1988-- but later on their competition soured and Prost left here for Ferrari. Fellow English group Williams provided the most consistent difficulty during this period, the two winning every builders' title between 1984 and 1994. However, by the mid-1990s, Honda had withdrawn from Formula One, Senna had moved to Williams, and the team went three seasons without a win. With Mercedes-Benz engines, West sponsorship, and previous Williams designer Adrian Newey, more champions can be found in 1998 and 1999 with motorist Mika Häkkinen, and throughout the 2000s the group were consistent front-runners, driver Lewis Hamilton taking their most current title in 2008. Ron Dennis retired as McLaren group principal in 2009, turning over to very long time McLaren employee Martin Whitmarsh. However, at the end of 2013, after the team's worst season since 2004, Whitmarsh was ousted. McLaren revealed in 2013 that they would be using Honda engines from 2015 onwards, changing Mercedes-Benz.
The group raced as McLaren Honda for the first time since 1992 at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. In September 2017, McLaren revealed they had actually agreed on an engine supply with Renault from 2018 to 2020. McLaren will return to utilize Mercedes-Benz engines from the 2021 season until a minimum of 2024. After initially going back to the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 as a partner to Andretti Autosport to run Fernando Alonso, McLaren revealed in August 2019 that they would run in conjunction with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports starting in 2020 to run the complete IndyCar Series, the combined entry being called Arrow McLaren SP. Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. Bruce was a works driver for the British Solution One team Cooper with whom he had actually won three Grands Prix and come 2nd in the 1960 World Championship. Wishing to complete in the Australasian Tasman Series, Bruce approached his companies, but when team owner Charles Cooper demanded using 1.5-litre Formula One-specification engines instead of the 2.5-litre motors permitted by the Tasman guidelines, Bruce chose to set up his own team to run him and his potential Solution One teammate Timmy Mayer with custom-built Cooper cars.