About the Car
This Formula One car was built by McLaren for the 2004 season. The Ilmor engine was designed by Mario Illien. It was to be a debugged version of the McLaren MP4-18; however, it was not a successful car, suffering various reliability problems at the beginning of the season. By mid-season a new car with drastically improved aerodynamic package gave the team hope for a better end of the season.
The chassis was a carbon-fiber monocoque. The engine was a Ilmor-built Mercedes-Benz FO11OQ 3.0-liter V10 engine, with a McLaren 7-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential transmission.
Founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren, McLaren Racing Limited is a Formula One constructor British motor racing team based in Surrey, England. They are the second oldest active team and second most successful team behind Ferrari.
David Coulthard was born in 1971 and is a former British racing driver. His active years as a driver were from 1994-2008. He is currently a presenter, commentator, and journalist. He has 13 Grand Prix victories and 62 podium finishes. Coulthard drove both the MP4/19 and MP4/19B in the 2004 season.
About the Brand
Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany Mercedes-Benz is a German automotive manufacturer. First produced in 1926, they manufacture luxury and commercial vehicles. In 2018 Mercedes sold over 2.31 million passenger cars, the largest seller of premium vehicles. Karl Benz, one of the founders of Mercedes, created the first internal combustion engine for a car.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps was founded in 1990 as a die-cast car producer in Aachen, Germany under the name of Paul’s Model Art GmbH. The original company was the Danhausen, a trade company that made 1:43 scale models and sold them over the counter and mail order. From 1971 to 1993 the company published the famous Danhausen World Model Car Book. Danhausen was owned by the grandsons of Emma Danhausen – Hans Peter and Paul Gunter Lang. There was a dispute between the brothers in the late 1980’s. That is when Paul formed the Paul’s Model Art. Diecast models were made more for the adult clientele and holding their value was a big question that needed to be answered. Minichamps’ excellent quality has been noticed by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, and BMW.