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McLaren 750S with 3-7-59 Theme: stunning tribute to historic motorsport ‘Triple Crown’ victories revealed at Velocity Invitational in California, as McLaren continues 60th anniversary year celebrations

16 Nov 2023
  • What does the 3-7-59 theme represents on the McLaren 750S?

McLaren Automotive has revealed its most ambitious and exacting bespoke livery ever – the astonishingly complex 3-7-59 Theme. Realised by the expert paint technicians at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the Theme was showcased on a very special McLaren 750S supercar unveiled today by McLaren F1 driver, Lando Norris, McLaren IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward, and former McLaren F1 driver Derek Bell, who twice competed at 24 Hours of Le Mans in a McLaren F1 GTR. 

McLaren 750S with 3-7-59 Theme

McLaren 750S with 3-7-59 Theme

Publicly revealed at luxury motorsports festival, Velocity International, taking place at Sonoma Raceway, USA, the 3-7-59 is a stunning tribute to McLaren’s unique success in winning motorsport’s unofficial ‘Triple Crown’ of victories at the Indianapolis 500, the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its reveal stands out as one of the most memorable moments in a year of celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of McLaren being founded, in 1963.

Requiring more than 1200 hours to paint, six customer cars wearing unique variations of the 3-7-59 Theme will be created, all either a 750S coupe or Spider, and all already sold.

"As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of McLaren being founded, we of course reflect on our legacy of pushing boundaries, both in motorsport and more recently in supercar and hypercar excellence. The 3-7-59 Theme takes inspiration from both of these areas, as a showcase of extreme performance that pays tribute to our Triple Crown success. The most challenging project ever delivered by McLaren Special Operations is a truly stunning expression of McLaren’s industry-leading paint expertise, on a supercar that sets a new benchmark in its class.”

Michael Leiters, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

The 3-7-59 Theme name is a reference to the race numbers worn by the victorious McLarens in each of the three Triple Crown victories: the ‘3’ on the M16D driven at the 1974 Indy 500 by Johnny Rutherford; the ‘7’ from Alain Prost’s Monaco winning 1984 McLaren MP4/2; and the ‘59’ as displayed on the McLaren F1 GTR driven to victory at Le Mans in 1995 by Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and JJ Lehto.

Just as the incredible cars that won these races and the Triple Crown achievement are both remarkable and iconic, so too is the 3-7-59 Theme that reflects the liveries of the three victorious cars and combines them into a vivid collage containing illustrated details of the three races and the cars that won them throughout.

The 3-7-59 Theme takes McLaren’s paint capabilities to new heights, incorporating more than 20 colours to create the car’s striking exterior. To achieve the astonishing depth and detail in each car, paint technicians at McLaren Special Operations have drawn on decades of combined experience and techniques developed to deliver previous one-off customer commissions.

The Triple Crown story told by the 3-7-59 Theme begins for the driver before they’ve even entered the car. The key fob wears hand-painted artwork that mimics the multi-coloured exterior of the car. The front of the car itself takes inspiration from the white and red livery of the McLaren MP4/2, with that car’s ‘7’ race number worn on the bonnet and subtly integrated into the expressive ‘shattered’ interpretation of the F1 car’s livery.

Both sides of the 3-7-59 Theme are an homage to the 1995 Le Mans winning McLaren F1 GTR, with its grey colour scheme and ‘59’ race number, and even the bright green dot displayed on the car to denote its participation in the GT1 class of the famous 24-hour race.

Other exquisite details within the paintwork that recount McLaren’s Triple Crown story include hidden ‘easter eggs’ that reference to the cars that won the races, the selected years that McLaren has been triumphant at a Triple Crown event, and the evolution of McLaren’s logo from the original McLaren Racing crest to the ‘Speedmark’ used today.

Taking inspiration from the McLaren M16D, the rear third of the 3-7-59 Theme is predominantly matched to the orange colour of the 1974 Indy 500 winner, but like the race car itself wears the number ‘3’ in blue. On the side featuring the M16D’s race number, the orange paint transitions into the F1 GTR’s grey scheme through a swirling chequered flag effect, painted to perfection with incredible attention to detail.

On the other side of the car, a twist has been applied using a new technique developed by MSO: a striking blue ‘splash’ inspired by the colour of the race number and created using a vector process bursts across the car. This process uses a scanned splash created on canvas as a template for the paint effect, which is then upscaled. The use of four shades of blue within the splash give it a three-dimensional look, despite remaining completely flush with the surface of the car.

The Satin Black ultra-lightweight Vortex alloy wheels shroud alternating brake calipers finished in finished in blue, red and Le Mans Gold, in a further reference of the three Triple Crown winning cars.

Beyond the breathtaking craftsmanship exhibited on the 3-7-59’s body, MSO technicians have also included hidden and interactive new features. There are three QR codes within the livery – on the exterior and the interior – each of which provides a live portal to a webpage detailing the car. In a particular light and certain angle, a reflected ‘3-7-59’ motif shines on the bracket housing the LED running lights within the headlight mounting. And at the rear, an electrochromic MSO logo illuminates within the brake light mounted on the underside of the airbrake.

Experimenting with new materials, McLaren has created exterior detailing made from silver leaf. Located on the lower door on both sides of the 750S with 3-7-59 Theme and applied using gilding techniques developed in-house by McLaren to achieve its own desired effect, a Triple Crown logo in silver with a wonderful patina finish is found – one of several special applications of the mark throughout the vehicle.

Triple Crown logo designs are incorporated into the interior of the car, stitched in McLaren Orange into the headrests of the car’s standard Carbon Fibre Racing Seats and debossed into the centre armrest. The seats feature further Triple Crown art that is etched in graphite Alcantara and are finished with white contrast stitching.

The interior is also home to visual carbon fibre door trim painted with the same artwork that features on the seats; a painted 12 o’clock marker on the steering wheel rim; and hand-painted extended carbon fibre shift paddles inspired by the red and white ‘shattered’ paintwork adorning the 3-7-59’s nose as a tribute to the McLaren MP4/2.

Even beyond eyesight level, the 3-7-59 wears unique features. The pedals, which are marked with laser etched artwork matching some of the paint details on the exterior of the car, are finished with a ceramic coating and white, black and orange Triple Crown stars. The same stars are painted onto the visual carbon fibre doorsills. A third hidden detail is found once the doors are open - the car’s dedication plaque, which is a unique and special tribute to McLaren’s success in Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix and features a genuine piece of red and white McLaren Formula 1 car carbon fibre bodywork.

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Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

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Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.