McLaren M30

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McLaren M30
The unique McLaren M30.
Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Gordon Coppuck
Predecessor M29
Successor MP4/1
Technical specifications
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Engine Ford-Cosworth DFV, 2993cc V8, naturally aspirated, mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmission McLaren / Hewland FG 400 5-speed manual
Competition history
Notable entrants Marlboro McLaren International
Notable drivers 8. France Alain Prost
Debut 1980 Dutch Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
4 0 0 0

The McLaren M30 is a Formula One racing car built and run by McLaren for part of the 1980 Formula One season. It was a one-off car, primarily driven by Alain Prost. The purpose of the M30 was to further capitalize on ground-effect design, taking over from the McLaren M29 which was perceived as obsolete.

The one and only M30 was damaged in an accident in practice for the 1980 United States Grand Prix. For the 1981 season McLaren returned to the M29 model. The McLaren M30 was the last new car completed by McLaren before the team's merger with Ron Dennis's Project 4 Formula 2 team, and he assumed leadership of the team the following year.

The car has since been raced in historic competition, by Alo Lawler in England and then George Nuse in the USA.

Since 2004, Sean Allen has competitively raced the McLaren M30 in the United States in the Historic Grand Prix. The McLaren M30 is currently being maintained by Tony Nicholson at Robin Automotive in Sonoma California.

Complete Formula One results


Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points WCC
1980 McLaren Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 11* 7th
Alain Prost 6 7 Ret DNS

* Only 1 point scored using the M30, remainder scored with M29 models.


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  • Nye, Doug (1984). McLaren The Grand Prix, Can-Am and Indy Cars. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 218–221. ISBN 0-905138-28-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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