The MP4/8

50 Years Of F1

In 1993, Ron Dennis considered buying Ligier to try and secure their supply of Renault engines, but in the end £6 million was invested to develop the Ford HB powerplant.

The state-of-the-art MP4/8 featured new electronic management software, chassis control and telemetry systems and – here’s a revolution – the first McLaren to use barge boards, controlling the airflow around the side of the monocoque and into the radiators. No wonder we applied a sticker of a squished hedgehog on the side of the MP4/8 every time they beat Williams that year…

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