McLaren’s Boss Wants to Return the Brand to the 24 Hours of Le Mans

After a nearly 20-year absence, McLaren’s new boss think it may be time to head back to the famed French endurance race.

byChristian Gilbertsen| PUBLISHED Feb 9, 2017 4:19 PM
McLaren’s Boss Wants to Return the Brand to the 24 Hours of Le Mans

It's been nearly 20 years since McLaren has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and its new head honcho seems ready to make a triumphant return, according to an interview with Autosport

After all, McLaren did win overall honors in 1995 and continued competing until 1998, all while making the F1 a legendary car in everyone's eyes. Now, Zak Brown, McLaren's new boss, and a handful of others at McLaren are discussing the proposition.

Brown said, "We have won Le Mans and the race is in our history, and part of my job is to decide where the McLaren brand should race." Though Brown may be in charge of where McLaren races, it's ultimately up to Mike Flewitt, McLaren's chief operating officer, whether the brand will enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Despite that, good energy seems to be swirling around Woking. "Personally, I would love to see us go to Le Mans, and I'm not the only one with those views," Brown added.

Although the return to Le Mans would likely be in the form of a GTE car, there might be a prospect of an LMP1 car being produced to try and go for another outright victory. 

"Never say never," Brown said.