#BlackSwanMoments – 1969 McLaren M6GT – Fantasy Colorizer



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McLaren is running a series of teasers dubbed #BlackSwanMoments ahead of the arrival of the newest, and cheapest, sportscar some time in 2015.

We are on number 5 of 13 moments so far. They all touch on the magic of how McLaren came to be, what the company is proudest to have achieved, and how these impactful, breakthrough moments have inspired the new 2016 Sport Series of cars.

It is a dark and relatively moody look back at history, racing, innovation and Bruce McLaren himself. It's deep.

Number 5 #BlackSwanMoment is our cherished 1969 McLaren M6GT, a car intended to kickstart McLaren Automotive way back in the day. In one of the photos below, you can see Bruce elated to introduce the first maroon prototype to a colleague. "Grinning his face off" is how we would describe the mood of the photo.

To honor the original deep burgundy red of the first M6GT prototype, we've prepared a colorizer to digitally try and match it. The B&W photos make it tricky, but having amazing and high-res snaps of another in McLaren Orange - from the Quail 2014 -- helps give us a good starting point.

Along with trying to match Bruce's joyous creation in red, we have a variety of other loud and exciting hypercar colors to enjoy.

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 FANTASY COLOR MATCH?

 Why not just color the original black and white photos? It is very, very difficult to achieve anything like a modern, high-res photo's results.

So let's identify the players here. The McLaren Orange color is the actual M6BGT from Trojan at the Quail.

The red we are trying to match is this.

 

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#BLACKSWANMOMENTS – McLAREN M6GT

For many, the F1 was McLaren’s first and ultimate road car.  But something happened long before then that
not only led to the game-changing Le Mans winner, but also shaped the entire ethos of McLaren.

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Following the huge success of the M6A, Mclaren’s first Can-Am championship winning car, the team announced their plans to join the Group 4 Series of 1969.  The event was a fast paced, glamorous affair, including hugely well-established names such as Ferrari, Porsche and Alfa Romeo.  But most significantly for McLaren, this competition was a Grand Touring series.  To enter the field Bruce and his team would need to make their first road worthy car, a completely unexpected venture for the small racing team.

As with most of their projects there was no holding back and Bruce’s ambitions were a tall order.  It was to have the fastest top speed of any road car in the world, and with the fastest acceleration.  This was to be more than a homologation exercise, Bruce had intentions to evolve the race team into a fully-fledged sports car manufacturer. 

And so, McLaren set out building the M6GT.M6GT20130412_0018M6GT20130412_0018

 

 

Based on its Can-Am predecessors it was built round a monocoque chassis with aluminium panelling over steel bulkheads and weighed in at just 800kg, which is little more than a classic Mini.  Pushing it to speeds in excess of 165mph, with a zero to 100mph time of eight seconds, was the 370bhp, Bartz-tuned, Chevrolet 5.7-litre LT1 engine.  And with its wider rear wheels making carrying a spare virtually impossible and almost no luggage space, Bruce had built a road car working sideways from his Championship winning racing cars.  The M6GT was a pure racing car with a street legal body.

But what makes this M6GT a Black Swan moment for McLaren is not the performance credentials, but the principles and appetite for excellence that shaped it.  McLaren stepped into a field of giants and using their racing pedigree, aimed for the very top. 

 

 

Sadly the M6GT project died with Bruce in 1970 with just three, possibly four, examples built.  However, Bruce's asprirations for McLaren to become a bonafide sports car company were not forgotten.  The ambition and ethos applied in the creation of the M6GT have remained within the company.  As we prepare to complete our range of performance road cars with the McLaren Sports Series, 45 years on, Bruce’s vision is realised. 

 

 

 

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The McLaren M6B GT is perhaps even more important to the foundation bedrock of McLaren Automotive than the all-conquering F1.

In many ways, the latest McLaren Automotive division is the realization of founder Bruce McLaren's dream of a supercar operation that is enhanced and supported by the racing team.

35 or so years on from the first prototype M6GT, the dream is more than some future longing. It is real and thriving with the latest 650S and P1 cars building a devoted following among hypercar fans all over the world.

Even among those who do not follow Formula One closely, the McLaren name is synonymous with racing glory and technological brilliance.

Much of that legacy stems from the ideas embodied in the 1969 M6B GT, of which McLaren himself only completed one prototype before his untimely and tragic death in a test track accident.

The body molds and remaining parts were lovingly completed by Trojan racing and the remaining McLaren racing team.

Despite the lore around this amazing Tarocco or McLaren Orange bodywork, the color is a nod to McLaren's racecars more than the road car -- of which the only factory model was, in fact, red.

Even so, today the Trojan cars are just as adored as the sole factory example.

As seen here, the fantasy of a closed-cockpit LeMans racer for the road is alive and doing very, very well with the 650S parked alongside this iconic classic M6B GT.

The color, at long last, seems to be an exact match to the 1960s model, if not the darker orange shade utilized in the 1990s McLaren F1 model seen below.

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1969 McLaren M6GT

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Specifications Comparison - M6GT versus F1 versus P1

SPECIFICATION

1969 - McLaren M6GT

1993 - McLaren F1

2013 - McLaren P1

Type/Formula

Road car

Roadcar

Road car

Year of production

1969

1993 - 1998

2013

Designer

Bruce McLaren/Gordon Coppuck

Gordon Murray/Peter Stevens

Frank Stephenson/Dan Parry-Williams

Examples built

1 (+ 3 Trojan built)

64

Production limited to 375

Engine

Chevrolet LT1

BMW V12

McLaren M838T + electric motor

Power output

370bhp

627bhp

916PS (903 hp)

Engine

Chevrolet LT1 90º V8

BMW S70/2 GTR LM 60º V12

M383T 90º V8

Configuration

Mid, longitudinally mounted

Mid, longitudinally mounted

Mid, longitudinally mounted

Location

cast-iron block and head

alloy block and head

aluminium block and head

Construction

5.735 liter / 350 cu in

6.064 liter / 370 cu in

3.799 liter / 231.8 cu in

Displacement

101.6 mm (4 in) / 88.4 mm (3.5 in)

86.0 mm (3.4 in) / 87.0 mm (3.4 in)

93.0 mm (3.7 in) / 69.9 mm (2.8 in)

Bore / Stroke

11.0:1

11.0:1

8.7:1

Compression

2 valves / cylinder, OHV

4 valves / cylinder, DOHC

4 valves / cylinder, DOHC, Dual VVT

Valvetrain

4 Weber Twin choke Carburettors

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

Fuel feed

Naturally Aspirated

Naturally Aspirated

Twin Turbo

Aspiration

370 bhp / 276 KW @ 5800 rpm

680 bhp / 507 KW @ 7800 rpm

727 bhp / 542 KW @ 7500 rpm

Power

502 Nm / 370 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm

705 Nm / 520 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm

720 Nm / 531 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm

Torque

65 bhp / liter

112 bhp / liter

191 bhp / liter

BHP/Liter

101.6 mm (4 in) / 88.4 mm (3.5 in)

86.0 mm (3.4 in) / 87.0 mm (3.4 in)

93.0 mm (3.7 in) / 69.9 mm (2.8 in)

Bore / Stroke

11.0:1

11.0:1

8.7:1

Compression

2 valves / cylinder, OHV

4 valves / cylinder, DOHC

4 valves / cylinder, DOHC, Dual VVT

Valvetrain

4 Weber Twin choke Carburettors

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

Fuel feed

Naturally Aspirated

Naturally Aspirated

Twin Turbo

Aspiration

370 bhp / 276 KW @ 5800 rpm

680 bhp / 507 KW @ 7800 rpm

727 bhp / 542 KW @ 7500 rpm

Power

502 Nm / 370 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm

705 Nm / 520 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm

720 Nm / 531 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm

Torque

65 bhp / liter

112 bhp / liter

191 bhp / liter

Weight

800 kilo / 1763.7 lbs

1062 kilo / 2341.3 lbs

1395 kilo / 3075.4 lbs

Length / Width / Height

4114 mm (162 in) / 1854 mm (73 in) / 1016 mm (40 in)

4365 mm (171.9 in) / 1920 mm (75.6 in) / 1120 mm (44.1 in)

4588 mm (180.6 in) / 1946 mm (76.6 in) / 118 mm (44.6 in)

Wheelbase / Track (fr/r)

2450 mm (96.5 in) / 1350 mm (53.1 in) / 1350 mm (53.1 in)

2718 mm (107 in) / 1570 mm (61.8 in) / 1464 mm (57.6 in)

2670 mm (105.1 in) / 1658 mm (65.3 in) / 1604 mm (63.1 in)

Power to weight

0.46 bhp / kg

0.64 bhp / kg

0.65 bhp / kg

Top Speed

290 km/h (180 mph)

362 km/h (225 mph)

350 km/h (217 mph) (limited)

0-60 mph

4.2 s

2.9 s

2.8 s

Only one of these LT1-powered road cars was officially made by McLaren. At the time, "by McLaren" literally meant that Bruce's racing crew had created a road car for the boss.

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The saying goes that the original M6GT was his daily driver: attending events and developing the production plans of this racing prototype for the road.

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His plan was for a run of 250 cars, but only three more were created by Trojan, a fellow racing shop with the ability to complete the street-legal fiberglass bodywork, doors, and all the other trimmings like wipers and blinkers.

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It was a learning process - as evidenced in the parking lights integrated into the nose, but the flip-lamps above having a slight finger hole in their leading edge.

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Yep, these were functional: to lift and lock the lamps into their open position. The Trojan cars featured a shrouded lamp setup.

The M6GT is clearly a long-body prototype, with the shape still echoed in the F1 LM's extra length versus the standard F1.

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There is clear lineage in the McLaren road car family - particularly how the overlay images are so close for the M6GT versus the F1 versus the P1.

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They are very, very close - despite quite different wheelbase lengths.

Aside from the strikingly-similar sihouettes and daylight-openings, the M6GT really shows progress in aerodynamics by dropping the back glass altogether in the F1 and P1.

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The P1 in particular seems to almost create a negative space in this shape - it looks like there should or could be glass there, but it is pure air.

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Additionally, the tail of the P1 is quite special versus the F1 and M6GT. The effectiveness of its scoop-shaped, push-rod actuated spoiler allows the tail to be far more rounded than possible before.

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What all three of these McLaren's also share is the swing-switch door that includes part of the sill frame in its lower edge for all McLaren's so far.

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For the M6GT, the doors are fairly terrifying in how little space they allow a driver for access.  Of course, by this time, Bruce could have leapt in the window slit from ten paces.

Or perhaps not. The M7 follow-up to this car is an open-wheel racer with no doors at all.

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1968 McLaren M6GT - Red

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Comparison Images with F1 and P1

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M6GT ANimation

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