1988 Mclaren MP4/4
The McLaren MP4/4 was a hugely successful F1 car that competed in the 1988 Formula 1 World Championship. It was designed by American engineer Steve Nicols, with assistance from the team's Technical Director Gordon Murray. Nichols and Murray based the design on the lowline Brabham BT55, a car designed by Murray which competed in the 1986 F1 season when Murray was chief designer at the Brabham F1 team. Even today it is still one of the most dominant Formula One cars ever built, winning all but one race and claiming all but one pole position in the 1988 season and is commonly regarded as one of the greatest F1 cars ever built.
The car was powered by the Honda RA-168E 1500cc V8 Turbo engine through a 6 speed gearbox delivering around 650bhp. Ayrton Senna eventually won the 1988 World Championship edging out team mate Alain Prost.
The build is using the huge De Agostini 1/8 scale kit and will be the largest scale kit I have built to date. I will be building the early season car driven by Ayrton Senna and while the level of detail with the base kit is exceptional I will be adding further details as I go. I also will add various material effect graphics simulating the various composite materials used in the chassis and various other partys and will also include some weathering giving the car a 'used' feel. This will be an ongoing long term project probably taking around two years to complete.