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1970 McLaren M8E


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The McLaren M8E Can-Am cars were McLaren "customer cars", constructed by Trojan Ltd. for McLaren. This particular McLaren, chassis number 80-01, was originally purchased by Alain de Cadenet's Ecurie Evergreen team. It was driven by Chris Craft in Interserie events from 1970-1973. Craft captured first place at the Norisring, and a second at Imola with #80-01

McLaren 80-01 next made its way to the U.S. where it wound up in the capable hands of Warren Tope. With Tope behind the wheel, #80-01 claimed the SCCA National Championship for 1974. In 1975 Tope crashed #80-01 at a Pontiac, Michigan road race. The car was subsequently sold and then repaired.

In 1984, #80-01 returned to the track to run in vintage car races at Palm Beach. In 1987 the M8E passed to a new owner and received a complete, ground-up restoration. Beginning in 1988, #80-01 ran at various vintage racing events across the country, including such tracks as Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta, Seattle, and Portland.

In 1990 a Reynolds Aluminum 494 c.u. engine was installed in the car. Later, a 470 c.i.d. iron block engine, producing 620 h.p., replaced the aluminum engine. This was done to preserve the rare Reynolds engine.

The competition history of #80/01 is as follows:

1971: Imola - Chris Craft - 2nd place
Norrisring - Chris Craft - 1st place

8/22/71: Mid Ohio - Bob Brown - DNF

9/12/71: Brainerd - Bob Brown - 8th place

9/27/71: Edmonton - Bob Brown - DNF

10/17/71: Laguna Seca - Bob Brown - DNF

8/27/72: Elkhart Lake - DNF

9/17/72: Brainerd - 12th place

1972: SCCA National - Atlanta

1974: Mosport - Bob Lazier

1974: Road Atlanta - Bob Lazier

1974: Elkhart Lake - Bob Lazier

1974: SCCA Nationals - Warren Tope -

Won SCCA National Championship.

1975: Pontiac, MI - Warren Tope - DNF

The ownership history of #80/01 is as follows:

1971: Alain DeCadenet

Bob Brown

1972: S.B. Rosbach

1974: Gordan Oftedahl

1979: Bill Kasmer

1984: Ray Langston

1990: VRM




McLaren #80-01 now has the 470 c.i.d. iron block engine with Hillborn injection in the car. It also has a Vertex rev limiter set at 6,700 r.p.m. The car is available with this engine, or the Reynolds Aluminum engine.

The Reynolds Aluminum engine is a 494 c.i.d. lined block with a forged steel crank and Carrillo rods. It also has Wiseco pistons, and a roller cam with a Milodon gear drive. The engine is fed by a Lucas McKay mechanical injection system prepared by Kinsler. Ignition is by Vertex Scintilla magneto with a McKay right angle drive. The engine is lubricated via dry sump system with an Aviad three stage pump. The engine has dyno time only on it, and comes with a dyno sheet showing a maximum horsepower of 734 h.p.

The Hewland LG 500, 5 speed gearbox currently in the car has only four races on it. Power from the Chevy is driven through a Borg & Beck triple disc clutch. Braking is delivered through Lockheed twin pot calipers and ventilated discs, front and rear. The shocks are double adjustable Konis. The wheels are 11X15 inch front and 16X15 inch rear Magnesium alloy McLaren wheels.

This is a very correct, authentic McLaren Can Am car in very nice condition. It still retains its original chassis plate, located on the passenger side of the instrument panel. The McLaren also comes with full FIA papers. Specific mention of this car can also be found in Can-Am, by Pete Lyons, pp. 257-258.

Chassis Number: 80-01
Engine Number: N/A


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