Video worth watching: Derek Bell drives McLaren's 4WD M9A F1 car 48 years later

Team OD  /
10 Jul 2017 15:27:22 IST

You know who Derek Bell is, right? Five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, two-time World Sportscar Champion, former Formula 1 driver for teams like Ferrari and Surtees...basically, a legendary British racecar driver of yesteryear. In 1969, Bruce McLaren invited him to drive at the Silverstone GP, and to debut McLaren's first four-wheel drive Formula 1 car, the M9A. Unfortunately, Bell had to retire after just six laps due to suspension issues.

In this video, McLaren invites him, 48 years later, to drive the very same M9A. Bell tells us about what it was like to drive the McLaren M9A back in the day, and how it was almost impossible to tame. But what's even more amazing in this video is the ravishing sound of that M9A's V8 engine. It got us weak in the knees!

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