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Daniel Ricciardo Meets the McLaren ‘Longtail’ (video)

The McLaren F1 driver received a history lesson about the iconic 'Longtail'


McLaren Automotive is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their ‘Longtail’ cars and McLaren F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo received a history lesson on the LT lineup from the F1 GTR to the current 765LT Spider.

Ricciardo has won eight races in his 12-year F1 career and joined McLaren F1 in 2021. He is currently 11th in the driver standings with 11 points.

The McLaren ‘Longtail’ made its racing debut in the 1997 FIA GT Championship, and earned its name from a stretched profile with extended bodywork that reduced drag and increased downforce. The original ‘Longtail’ was the McLaren F1 GTR that made its debut in the 1997 FIA GT Championship and won five of 11 races in the series. McLaren F1 GTRs finished first and second in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997.

McLaren introduced the next chapter of the ‘Longtail’ in 2015 with the 675LT, the first LT road car, and continued the lineage with the 600LT in 2018. Two-years later the 765LT made its debut as the most powerful street-legal ‘Longtail’.

McLaren F1 GTR Longtail
Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


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