McLaren M9A

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McLaren M9A
Category Formula One
Constructor Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
Designer(s) Gordon Coppuck
Predecessor M5A
Successor M14A
Technical specifications
Chassis Aluminium alloy and magnesium alloy monocoque
Engine Ford-Cosworth DFV 2993cc V8 naturally aspirated Mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland DG300 5-speed manual
Fuel Gulf
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
Notable drivers Derek Bell
Debut 1969 British Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
1 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The McLaren M9A was a four-wheel drive Formula 1 car built by Bruce McLaren Racing Cars in 1969. One of several four-wheel drive cars built at the time, like the others it was not a success and only took part in one race, the 1969 British Grand Prix, driven by Derek Bell.[1]

Bruce McLaren's team was the last front-running team to produce a 4WD car in 1969, a brand new chassis designed by Jo Marquart and designated the M9A. The car, complete with distinctive "tea tray" rear wing, was completed in time for Derek Bell to use in the British Grand Prix alongside the standard M7s, where he retired with suspension failure. After McLaren himself tested the car he compared driving it to "trying to write your signature with someone constantly jogging your elbow" and the car was never raced again.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

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

Year Entrant/s Driver/s 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points WCC
1969 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 381 4th
United Kingdom Derek Bell Ret

1 All points scored using a McLaren M7A and McLaren M7C.


  1. "Grand Prix results, British GP 1969". Retrieved 13 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>