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The first F1 car to use a carbon fibre composite chassis in a race (the Lotus 88 never raced), the McLaren MP4/1 was raced from 1981 to 1983 powered by a Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 engine and (late 1983) a Porsche TAG V6. It was the first car designed following the merger of the Ron Dennis-owned Project 4 Formula Two team.

It took a win during its debut season, a further five wins over the next two years, but suffered teething problems that were not fixed until an updated specification MP4/2 was introduced in 1984. That model won the drivers title three times, constructors titles twice and a whopping 22 wins in 48 races over the next three years.

The 1982 McLaren MP4/1B variant was included as historic content in F1 2019.

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