The McLaren M6GT is an interesting study in how racing can be a fickle mistress to creative people like Bruce McLaren. The basic premise behind the M6GT was to build a run of 50 road going versions of the race car in order for it to be legalized for competition in FIA Group 4. The overall plan was to produce 250 of the cars but almost as soon as the project got going there were complications and some delays and ultimately McLaren himself was killed in a racing accident so the whole thing was just kind of dead in its tracks at that point.
A handful of cars were produced and sent out into the world before the program stopped and this red M6GT that’s shown tearing around a road course in Canada is one of ’em. The sound, the looks, and the fact that two people actually did kind of fit in this thing are all amazing to us. The cost to produce the cars was not too bad for McLaren because they were basically just adding a new body to the M6 chassis.
Perhaps the best testament to this car is the fact that four years after the production stopped and McLaren had died, Road and Track Magazine put one of them on the cover declaring it the wildest road going car in the world. Its look launched many awkward kit-car imitators which never held a candle to the original.
Powered by a 350ci Chevy small block, the thing was fast as blazes (top speed was estimated 170mph which was stunning for the day) and the look of the car will forever be timeless. It is too bad that the remainder of the production run was never finished but it is amazing that this video was made. We lopped of the front of the video because it is in French. The part you’ll watch is the international language of screaming engines.