Project Four Racing
|Team principal(s)||Ron Dennis|
|Former series||European Formula Two Championship
British Formula 3 Championship
|Folded||1980 (merged with the McLaren Formula One team)|
Project Four Racing was a British Formula Two and Formula Three team. The team was founded in 1976 by former Brabham mechanic Ron Dennis. At the end of 1980, the team merged with the McLaren Formula One team.
The team name lives on in the designation of the McLaren F1 race cars and since the 1981 season all McLarens, starting with the John Barnard designed McLaren MP4/1, have carried the "MP4" name. MP4 standing for "McLaren Project Four".
The team competed in the European Formula Two Championship. Driving a BMW powered Ralt RT1, Eddie Cheever recorded the teams first race win in 1977 in the second of two races making up Round 4 at the Nürburgring on his way to finishing second for the round. Cheever then went on to win Round 8 at the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit. He finished the season in second place, 12 points behind René Arnoux.
Over the next three seasons, Project Four would win just four more races before the team moved into Formula One with its last win coming thanks to Andrea de Cesaris who won Round 8 of the 1980 season at Misano in Italy driving a March 802-BMW.
Project Four also raced in the British Formula 3 Championship. Its first win came thanks to Chico Serra who won the opening round of the 1979 championship on Silverstone's Club Circuit driving a Toyota powered March 793. Serra won five of the seasons twenty races to win the championship from Andrea de Cesaris who drove a March 793-Toyota for Tiga.
Complete European Formula Two results
(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap.)