About the car:
The McLaren MP4/8 is a single-seater designed by British engineer Neil Oatley and entered by McLaren Racing for the 1993 Formula One season. It was driven by Brazilian Ayrton Senna, three-time world champion with McLaren, and rookie Michael Andretti, son of 1978 Formula One World Champion Mario Andretti. It enabled Ayrton Senna to win five races during the season.
On 28 September 1993, at the Estoril circuit, the McLaren MP4/8B, a test car derived from the MP4/8, carried out its only test drive to allow McLaren to judge the Lamborghini engine that the team planned to use for the end of the 1993 season. For contractual reasons, McLaren will not use the Italian V12, although it has given Ayrton Senna complete satisfaction.
Lamborghini hoped to conclude an engine supply agreement for the 1994 season, but McLaren finally signed with Peugeot.
About the brand:
Bruce McLaren, born 30 August 1937 in Auckland, New Zealand and died 2 June 1970 in Goodwood, England, was a New Zealand racing driver who competed in the Formula One World Championship, winning 98 Grands Prix from 1958 to 1970. He was a brilliant driver who also founded the McLaren team, which became one of the most prestigious in motorsport history.
About the manufacturer:
Minichamps – manufacturer of diecast model cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, tanks, and automotive accessories, offers a large variety of different scaled replicas. Formula 1 models are made in either 1:18 or 1:43 scale.
At a present time, Minichamps lineup includes models found around the world by major car fabricants and various car racing genres and sport teams. Minichamps was originally known as Paul’s Model Art (PMA) when the firm was founded in 1990.
Minichamps has been a leader of the industry, making the most diverse model lineup of any other model producer.