McLaren M26

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The McLaren M26 was a Formula One racing car designed by Gordon Coppuck for the McLaren team, to replace the aging McLaren M23 model.wikipedia
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The McLaren M26 was a Formula One racing car designed by Gordon Coppuck for the McLaren team, to replace the aging McLaren M23 model. * All points in scored using the McLaren M23 * 21 points in scored using the McLaren M23 * All points in scored using the McLaren M28 and McLaren M29
Most of these changes were adopted for the M23 and its successor, the McLaren M26.

Alfredo Costanzo

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Alfredo Costanzo used this car to win the 1981 Australian Drivers' Championship.
The first of Costanzo's four Gold Stars was won utilising a conventional Lola T430, but the following 1981 title, the last Formula 5000 national level title ever held globally, utilised a McLaren M26, modified for the task by Tiga Race Cars.

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The McLaren M26 was a Formula One racing car designed by Gordon Coppuck for the McLaren team, to replace the aging McLaren M23 model.
In, the M23 was gradually replaced with the M26, the M23's final works outing being Gilles Villeneuve's Formula One debut with the team in a one-off appearance at the British Grand Prix.

1977 Austrian Grand Prix

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Two other potential victories were lost in Austria and Canada through reliability issues when Hunt was leading easily.
Jones would not have progressed further but for an engine failure in Hunt's McLaren M26 late in the race.

James Hunt

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James Hunt, who initially hated the car knuckled down to improve the race pace and reliability of the M26, and throughout the season the car's performance improved noticeably.
Hunt was later released, and tested at Kyalami where his McLaren M26 suffered a loose brake caliper which cut a hole in one of the tyres.

McLaren M28

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* All points in scored using the McLaren M23 * 21 points in scored using the McLaren M23 * All points in scored using the McLaren M28 and McLaren M29
However, it was still the preferred chassis over its predecessor, the McLaren M26, and was used during the first half of the 1979 season until a better design could be introduced.

Patrick Tambay

The M26 was updated for the 1978 season and Mass was replaced by Patrick Tambay.

Jochen Mass

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Upon first tests by Jochen Mass, problems with the cooling were encountered and Coppuck had to redesign the radiator installation for more effective airflow.

1977 British Grand Prix

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The 68-lap race was won from pole position by local driver James Hunt, driving a McLaren-Ford, with Austrian driver Niki Lauda second in a Ferrari and Swedish driver Gunnar Nilsson third in a Lotus-Ford.

Australian Drivers' Championship

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Alfredo Costanzo used this car to win the 1981 Australian Drivers' Championship.

1977 United States Grand Prix

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The 59-lap race was won from pole position by James Hunt, driving a McLaren-Ford.

Bobby Verdon-Roe

In 2009 Bobby Verdon-Roe won the FIA Historic Formula One Championship driving a McLaren M26.
In 2009 Verdon-Roe won FIA Historic Formula One Championship driving a McLaren M26.

1978 French Grand Prix

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The 54-lap race was won by Mario Andretti, driving a Lotus-Ford, with teammate Ronnie Peterson second and James Hunt third in a McLaren-Ford.

Historic Formula One Championship

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In 2009 Bobby Verdon-Roe won the FIA Historic Formula One Championship driving a McLaren M26.

1978 South African Grand Prix

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James Hunt, who had qualified third on the grid in his McLaren M26, only lasted five laps whilst his new teammate Patrick Tambay, who qualified fourth, crashed out mid race.

Brett Lunger

In 1978, he stayed with the McLaren M23 and also tried an M26, but now entered by Sparshott's racing outfit, BS Fabrications.

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After just 4 Grands Prix the switch to the new M26, which had been purchased in the off-season and tested by Lunger was made.

1978 British Grand Prix

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Reutemann closed up to Lauda and passed him for the lead on lap 60, as the two were lapping the McLaren of Bruno Giacomelli.

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The McLaren M26 was a Formula One racing car designed by Gordon Coppuck for the McLaren team, to replace the aging McLaren M23 model.

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The McLaren M26 was a Formula One racing car designed by Gordon Coppuck for the McLaren team, to replace the aging McLaren M23 model.

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The McLaren M26 was a Formula One racing car designed by Gordon Coppuck for the McLaren team, to replace the aging McLaren M23 model.

1976 Dutch Grand Prix

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After the changes were made, Mass resumed testing the car, and the M26 made its debut at the Dutch Grand Prix that year in his hands.

1977 Spanish Grand Prix

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The redesigned car made its debut at the Spanish Grand Prix, where it proved to be a solid, if unspectacular performer.