For the last couple months, we got new historic-car announcements for F1 2017 on a fairly regular basis – that time is now over. This is bad because there are no more cars to announce, but also good because it means that the F1 2017 release is very close now. In fact, we are only about a month away. August 25 is release day! Here are all the historic cars coming to F1 2017.
The final three
The last three cars announced all come from the same history-making racing team – McLaren. Whilst the team is currently struggling to meet its goals, McLaren’s history is remarkable.
Since the team was founded in 1965 by New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren, it is the second-oldest team to compete in F1. Only Ferrari has existed longer and only Ferrari was more successful, which makes McLaren the second-most successful team in Formula 1.
Codemasters also provided a small trailer for the historic McLarens in F1 2017. You can view it above.
1991 McLaren MP4/6
This was the car to power legendary Ayrton Senna to his third F1 championship title. Senna won seven out of 15 races in the 1991 season and his team-mate Gerhard Berger was also able to secure another win. The MP4/6’s V12-engine was able to produce 710 BHP and it was the first McLaren F1 car to use traction control and an active suspension.
1998 McLaren MP4/13
Fast forward seven years and McLaren was competing with the MP4/13. Designed by Adrian Newey, the cars dominance already became obvious in the 1998 season’s opening race when Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard were able to lap every (!) other competitor at least once. Häkkinen continued to perform and was able to secure his first F1 championship title.
2008 McLaren MP4-23
Not only Mika Häkkinen was able to secure his first title with a McLaren, Lewis Hamilton was able to do so as well, in a very dramatic way. Every F1 fan will remember the final race of the 2008 season when Hamilton and his MP4-23 were able to overtake Timo Glock in the final corner of the final lap to snatch the title away from Felipe Massa and Ferrari, who were already celebrating at the time. Heikki Kovalainen was Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate that season.
The full list
Remember, twelve historic cars will be available in F1 2017, one of which, the 1988 McLaren MP4/4, will be a pre-order/ Day-One Edition exclusive.
Here are all the F1 2017 historic cars in chronological order:
Here is what McLaren’s Executive Director had to say:
It’s pretty hard to pick just four significant McLaren Formula 1 cars – so all credit to the people at Codemasters for choosing these iconic, championship-winning machines.
I don’t think you’d be able to get away without choosing 1988’s MP4/4 – it’s probably the most iconic F1 car of the last 40 years, a machine that looks as sleek and fast today as when it was first raced. And it’s superbly complemented by another Senna car, the V12-engined MP4/6; Mika Hakkinen’s beautiful, silver-liveried MP4-13, and Lewis Hamilton’s jaw-droppingly complex MP4-23.
If you’re a gamer, or a McLaren fan of any era, then I think you’re going to want to race these cars in Codemasters’ F1 2017.